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Capitol Perspectives: Rebooting state government

CapitolPerspectives_WPby Phill Brooks

While political pundits have focused on the reasons for the crushing defeat of Missouri Democrats, I’ve been wondering about something else — the opportunity to “Reboot Government.”

Republicans are maintaining an overwhelming majority in the state legislature and the sweep of statewide offices. Republicans have an opportunity to fundamentally change the very nature of Missouri government.

That thought came to me just a week after the elections

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Poosey Digest: Count your blessings

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

At least there’s one we haven’t messed up yet. While Christmas has become a orgy of excess, Halloween has morphed from a religious holiday to a billion dollar gift to the American Dental Association, and Hallmark Cards drools at the approach of another Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving has remained relatively untainted.  Yes, some regard it as merely the kickoff to the Yuletide spending season,

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Letter to the Editor

Greetings and Salutations,

Well, well well…I’m so relieved the election process is over!  No more marathon calls, no more commercials running end-on-end and now everyone can calm down and relax.  Ha!!  Not so fast my friends.  Looks like there’s a few people that are upset and won’t accept the election results.  Maybe they need a big box of tissues, a firm hug, be told that everything will be alright and

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Poosey Digest: Thankful …and humble

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

It was a moment perhaps lost in all the hoopla of the Chicago Cubs breaking their 108-year drought. Cleveland batter Rajai Davis had tied the score with a two-run game-tying home run in the eighth inning then when the contest went into extra innings he hit a single in the 10th inning pulling Cleveland within one run. We all know the outcome of

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Off the Editor’s Spike: Another inconvenient truth

Editor's SpikeI’m a sports nut. My friends know my passion for football (as the salute to the Bearcats on page 3 attests). But unlike politicians that tell us what we want to hear, and with apologies to Al Gore, let’s look at another “inconvenient truth.”

Parents and grandparents travel many miles and spend many hours following child athletes in sporting events while sacrificing everything else. Games not only encroach on Wednesday

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Good Thinking: Hail to the veterans

by Dr. Don Kuehle

Ever heard of Armistice Day? Veterans Day? “Armistice” refers to a cessation of war, a temporary peace, a truce between enemies. A “veteran” is an old soldier, a seasoned fighter from some former war.

On June 4, 1929, at the end of World War I, the U.S. Congress passed the following legislation:

“WHEREAS the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary,

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Capitol Perspectives: Federal investigators going dark

by Phill Brooks

The FBI’s disclosure of the expanded investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server reminded me of the two times I’ve covered statewide candidates who faced federal criminal investigations. How the Justice Department handled those Missouri investigations contrasts with how the FBI has handled the current Clinton situation.

Unlike the Clinton investigation, the Justice Department went dark about ongoing investigations of those two candidates on the Missouri statewide ballot.

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Off the Editor’s Spike: Empathy isn’t a dirty word

SpikeAs I write this piece, I have yet to vote. By the time you read this, the election is over.

Like so many others, I contemplated not voting at all. Both presidential candidates are so flawed.

That was still in mind when Tuesday finally arrived; then I remembered Friday (Nov. 11: Veterans Day) — all those gone before making this election possible — and felt convicted. So, I voted despite

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Poosey Digest: Just click it off, please

PooseyDigest_WPby Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from the Poosey.

What in God’s name is going on? Is the world going crazy or just me?

Scene One: I was sitting in a committee meeting last week with seven otherwise normal, sane people. We had a 12-item agenda, our time was precious and we had some important matters to settle. I’d plopped myself down in the center of a long table and the

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