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Lost an hour? Well, sleep on it

Spike_WPSomething’s  changed since Daylight Savings took effect. I lost my hour.

My internal clock used to kick me awake more than an hour before the morning alarm. But with the time change, I now awake right on time …which means I lost my “extra” hour. Just to sleep. Like always.

That doesn’t seem fair.

If I’m gonna sleep away my hour, I’d rather it be by a nap at a

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Poosey Digest: Presidency’s hard to explain

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from the Poosey.

Our friends, the British, have long been puzzled by U.S. presidential elections. Although the Brits can get rowdy in pubs or soccer games, their elections tend to have a more civilized tone than their counterparts across the Atlantic. Several years ago the British Broadcast Corporation made an attempt to explain our strange election ways to the populace of England by answering a

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A good habit for voter ID

Spike_WPI’m a creature of habit. I usually exercise my privilege to vote, even if I’m unprepared.

Take yesterday, for example. After topping off a sandwich with an oatmeal raisin cookie for lunch like usual, I started across the street to the courthouse in order to vote. Liz saved my misstep, reminding me that our precinct now votes at the county library. Old habits. But that’s not what threw me off.

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Capitol Report: Religious freedom amendment sparks historic debate

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Most of the legislation we discuss during the public policy process is relatively non-controversial. They’re measures to change certain programs, or modify sections of law that receive broad support. Occasionally, though, there are bills or issues are naturally contentious and expose deep divisions amongst supporters and those in opposition.

When we tackle these bills, it can sometimes take several hours, even days, of debate to

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Capitol Report: To hemp or not to hemp

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

OK farmers and constituents, I need your input.  I have my opinions on the topic, but I would welcome the viewpoints of my NW Missouri neighbors on this matter.

Two bills in the legislature (HB2038 and SB584) would legalize the production of industrial hemp in Missouri.  I will offer some background on these bills, and then I would love to hear from our

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Graves presses DHS to enforce visa laws

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves has introduced legislation forcing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deport illegal immigrants living in America on expired visas. H.R. 4726, the Preventing Illegal Visa Overstays Act, will withhold pay for the Secretary of DHS until the Department enforces standing visa laws.

“This week we tragically saw what can happen when we fail to enforce immigration laws,” Rep. Graves said. “There are 12 million

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I was looking at my voter registration card the other day.  This all-so-important card is virtually useless to me as an independent because here in Missouri I can only vote in the primaries if I first choose a particular party’s ballot.  That’s the reason I choose to protest the primaries, especially the Presidential primary.  The candidates all want my vote, yet they don’t respect my voice or my

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Yeah, she’s just a potlicker

Spike_WPI have a dog, or better put, the dog has me.

Her predecessor was a timid Sheltie. He wasn’t exactly the brightest dog we’ve ever had. I once threw a hamburger off the grill towards him, and the unexpected movement so cowered him that he ran away never to realize his treat! We have the exact opposite now.

Josey is a white, energetic mix of Lab and bird dog. At

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

He was one of ours…the old saying “It takes a village to raise a child”; well, Chad was raised by all of us. Did we fail him somehow? That’s not like our community to fail. So where did we go wrong? What didn’t we know? This is a question many of us have asked ourselves. Are we so busy in our own lives to not take that extra

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