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Capitol Perspectives: A Passing Era at the Auditor’s Office

by Phill Brooks

The two deaths in the state auditor’s office mark, I fear, the passing of an era for Missouri statehouse reporters.

State Auditor Tom Schweich and his spokesperson, Spence Jackson, were among the most helpful, open, candid and friendly major state figures I have covered in recent years. They displayed a deep respect for journalism and went out of their way to help reporters.

Schweich often dropped by

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Bark If You Love Life

He was a community dog. Many communities have them. They make the rounds of the residences to visit with neighbor dogs and their owners. Residents pet and sometimes feed community dogs so they keep coming around. Our community dog was a beagle. I called him, “Snoopy,” and other folk followed suit.

ShepherdCalls_WPNo one seemed to know “who Snoopy belonged to.” The usual answer to that query was “He belongs to

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I Serve a Risen Savior

by Pastor Steve Ellison

In 1933, A.H. Ackley wrote, “I serve a risen Savior; He’s in the world today. I know that He is living, whatever men may say. I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, And just the time I need Him, He’s always near. He lives, He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!… You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within

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Good Thinking: Three Things for Certain!

by Dr. Don Kuehle

“…in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes!” So wrote Benjamin Franklin in 1789.

TAXES are a sure thing! Since the beginning of civilization, people have paid taxes. Taxes are seen as a burden. We try every tactic to avoid paying taxes. We hate to pay taxes. We are prosecuted if we do not pay our taxes! Yet, taxes are the price we pay

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Education: Then and Now

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WPMy high school band teacher was a madman. I mean that in the kindest possible way, but he was the terror of our little high school. I doubt we had much over a hundred kids in the school but around forty of them were in the music program. It was just the thing to do. Math, civics, and English were all necessary, but

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Do Right, Be Blessed

ShepherdCalls_WPSeveral women gathered. They wished to anoint the body of Jesus; but there were many difficulties. It was early in the morning and still dark. An enormous stone blocked the entrance to the grave. None of the women were strong enough to move the stone; and worse, the stone had been sealed by the authorities with instructions not to roll it away or break the seal. Guards were stationed at

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Praying for Kings

by Pastor Steve Ellison

I am inflicted with the same disease that you have. We resist and rebel against authority. We just do not want anyone telling us what to do. However, God has made it pretty plain that authority has been put in place by Him and for our benefit.

Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 teach us that governing authorities are God’s ministers to us and we are

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The Sky is Falling (and Soon!)

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WPGet ready to have a book dropped on your head. The FAA has finally given Amazon permission to test its drone delivery in the United States. Under the Amazonian plan, a human loads the package onto a conveyor belt, which takes it to any awaiting drone, then the device takes off and plops your book, denture powder or antifreeze on your doorstep. We’ve

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Are We Dumber Than Rocks?

Dw.cdrA couple of decades ago (has it been 20 years already, really?) we were talking about the Information Highway. Our efforts to initiate websites promoting real estate and auctions kicked off in 1996. Back then, who’d have thought we’d have smart phones with Google maps and all sorts of apps for virtually anything at our fingertips.

Back then I never thought I’d spend so much time behind a keyboard. Or

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