Sunday, November 27, 2011
December 6th -- Stanberry.
December 7th -- Maryville.
December 9th -- Pot Luck, Grant City.
December 13th -- Stanberry.
December 21st -- Maryville.
December 26th -- Holiday
December 27th -- Stanberry.
Responsible stewardship of the taxpayer’s money should be the primary responsibility of every elected official. From city halls to county courthouses to our state Capitol in Jefferson City, we are seeing increased accountability and many difficult decisions being made as every level of government deals with the current economic realities. Unfortunately, this message has not been fully received in our nation’s capitol.
In 1917, the United States Congress first established a debt limit. However, they allowed for an increase in this limit by a vote of Congress. Over the last decade, this limit has been increased on a seemingly annual basis. As a result, earlier this month, our national debt surpassed $15 trillion amounting to more than $48,000 for every American citizen. The interest payments on this level of debt now exceed what the federal government contributes to education funding and many other essential programs. If left unchecked, by 2020, the amount spent to simply pay interest could exceed funding for our armed services. To make it worse, the same week that our debt level eclipsed the $15 trillion mark, Congress voted to defeat a proposed balanced budget amendment that would prohibit the federal government from spending more money than it collects.
A mandated balanced budget is common in state constitutions and has been instrumental in helping keep Missouri’s fiscal health from falling to the depths of states with fewer spending restrictions. While our budget process has been difficult in recent years, it has forced the Legislature to maintain a real world approach in our appropriations process.
Both in public and private settings, we have seen how excessive debt can limit an organizations ability to carry out even its most fundamental responsibilities. Vigilant stewardship of our fiscal matters is fundamental to our duties in public office, so I am disappointed that the so-called debt reduction “super committee” failed to produce any results for American taxpayers. Regardless, I remain hopeful that they will end the partisan bickering and do what is right for our nation. By adhering to simple, common sense principles that have been proven to work in kitchen table budget negotiations of everyday households, I believe they can overcome their differences and move forward in a direction consistent with Missouri’s hard working families.
As always, please feel free to call, email, or write with your ideas or concerns. The Capitol number is (573) 751-1415, my email is email@example.com and my mailing address is Room 422, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.
2 -- Karen Swaney
2 -- Guy (Bud) Allee
4 -- Charles Force
5 -- Kathy Cottrell
5 -- Melanie New
6 -- Sarah Finch
7 -- Ralph Kobbe
8 -- Bob Young
10 -- Doy Allee
11 -- Brad Hill
12 -- Josh Miller
13 -- Icle Young
14 -- Chris Owens
14 -- Chelsie Hinshaw
15 -- Caleb Hinshaw
16 -- Adam Austin
17 -- Brian Monticue
18 -- Brandi Force
19 -- Allison Larison
19 -- Kay Rowen
19 -- Paula Hansen
19 -- Dean Thomas
19 -- Shaun Dignan
21 -- Nicholas Allee
22 -- Darwin Force
22 -- Mitchell Andrews
22 -- Charlea Lewis
23 -- Tanya Belokonny
24 -- Joe Stark
25 -- Martha Rush
25 -- Jesse Stark
26 -- Mike Rowe
26 -- Jason Meredith
27 -- Cody Staten
27 -- Charlotte Belokonny
27 -- Ed Meek
28 -- Christie Owens
28 -- Bill Asher
29 -- Loretta Hart
29 -- Larry Hibbs
30 -- Sherry Evans
31 -- P.J. Sanders
31 -- Braden Rowe
26 -- David & Karla Parman
28 -- Scott & Judy Houk
29 -- Peggy & Bob Young
Saturday, November 26, 2011
In presenting Thomson with the award, the alliance recognized his support of the university system through his work as chairman of the House Higher Education Committee. Thomson also was recognized for his support of higher education through his work as a member of the House Budget Committee and with several bills he sponsored to benefit the university system.
"As someone who entered into legislative service with a lifetime of experience as an educator, I have made a commitment to doing all I can to improve our system of higher education," said Thomson. "I'm honored to be recognized by the university for the part I've played in trying to help our institutions of higher learning. My hope is that we can continue to work together to provide even more support to all of our public universities."
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Jan Simon of the Missouri CBC presented Grant City with its awards at the ceremony. Grant City was recognized due to their exemplary volunteer work as well as the large network of groups, organizations, and individuals of all ages. They receive funding from a variety of resources; one judge described Grant City’s work as “an outstanding example of community betterment.” Grant City also won the award in 2009.
Also winning 1st place was the youth group of the Grant City CBC. They were recognized for writing a grant that paid for rest stops along the Nature Trail made of recycled materials. They wrote and received a grant, recruited appropriate adult assistance, utilized volunteers from all age groups, and worked hard to complete the project. The youth performed many other activities throughout the year as well including visiting the WCCC residents, doing cultural cooking and dance, and making a large Christmas card.
The Grant City CBC is half-done on the Nature Trail; they plan to finish the project next year with concrete. They were also recognized for the Streetscape Project, their work on the Pool and Bathhouse, and the Holiday Bazaar, now in its third year. Roach credited a lot of different people for the award, crediting former Economic Developer Charity Austin, Janice Borey, and others for helping write the grants and Ayvonne Morin for doing a lot of the background research for the projects.
Matt Berry of Congressman Sam Graves’ office was also present at the ceremony and spoke briefly. He congratulated the city for its hard work and said that it was a good example of pulling together to make a community a better place to live.
The Enhanced Enterprise Zone program was implemented in 2004. Enhanced enterprise zones are specified geographic areas designated by local governments and certified by the Department of Economic Development. Zone designation is based on certain demographic criteria, the potential to create sustainable jobs in a targeted industry and a demonstrated impact on local cluster development.
The law prohibits totally nude dancing and any contact between dancers and patrons. It prohibits the sale of alcohol at such businesses and requires that they close at midnight. It restricts enclosed booths to discourage promiscuous sexual activity. It requires that any such businesses be located at least 1000 feet from any school, church, day care center, public park, any residence, or any other sexually oriented business.
The law was challenged by operators of sexually oriented businesses around the state, who claimed that it violated their First Amendment rights to freedom of expression. They also alleged that the law has resulted in economic harm to their establishments and had forced many of them to close.
The State Supreme Court ruled, consistent with numerous federal court decisions, that the provisions in Missouri's sexually oriented business law were constitutional. The Court found that the Missouri Legislature "relied on evidence reasonably believed to be relevant to establishing a connection between the act and the reduction of negative secondary effects associated with sexually oriented businesses."
"The voluminous evidentiary record on which the Legislature relied to establish a connection between sexually oriented businesses and negative secondary effects--consisting of judicial opinions, studies, crime and health reports, expert testimony and anecdotal evidence--was more than sufficient to meet the government's burden."
Countless studies from across the country have demonstrated that sexually oriented businesses are a breeding ground for sex crimes, prostitution, drug trafficking and drug use, property damage and loss of property values, and urban blight.
The justices also ruled that the law was not unconstitutional "simply because it may make some sexually oriented businesses economically less viable." The court stated: "To the extent the businesses claim that the act led to reduced revenue at sexually oriented businesses, forcing many to close, this does not make the act unconstitutional. The Constitution protects speech, not the economic viability of adult businesses."
The state's High Court affirmed a previous decision upholding the law by Circuit Judge Jon Beetem. Judge Laura Denver Stith authored the opinion. Her opinion was joined by Judges Richard Teitelman, Mary Russell, Patricia Breckenridge, Zel Fischer, William Ray Price, and special judge William Francis.
We are grateful to former State Senator Matt Bartle, the sponsor of the legislation, and former Representative Ed Emery, who handled the bill in the Missouri House. We commend the many members of the General Assembly who fought for and voted for the bill. We appreciate the action of Governor Jay Nixon in signing the bill into law next year.
We appreciate the excellent work done by Attorney General Chris Koster and his staff in defending the work of the General Assembly. The Attorney General allowed attorney Scott Bergthold, who drafted most of the statute and is an expert in this area of the law, to argue the case before the Supreme Court. General Counsel Ron Holliger and attorneys Mark Long and Emily Dodge also provided valuable assistance in preparing the state's defense.
As a result of the Supreme Court's action today, Missouri now retaiins one of the toughest and most comprehensive laws regulating sex shops and strip clubs of any state in the nation. Missouri cities and towns will now have the tools to limit the damage done by such businesses to the health and safety of their communities.
Under federal law, companies with government contracts must submit reports, known as VETS-100 or VETS-100A, which detail the number of new hires and current employees who are veterans. Contractors are also required to list certain job openings with employment service delivery systems and to create and maintain affirmative action plans for specified groups of veterans. The Secretary of Labor is then required to submit an annual report to Congress regarding contractors’ compliance with those requirements, and their impact on the employment of veterans
In a letter to Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, McCaskill requested detailed information on contractor hiring practices for the past ten years in order to determine whether contractors have been complying with the law.
McCaskill, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Contractor Oversight, expressed concern that contractors may not be accurately reporting their employment numbers. McCaskill said that requiring contractors to give preference to veterans seeking employment, particularly those who have recently returned from service in Iraq and Afghanistan, is a critical and timely issue.
Since joining the U.S. Senate, McCaskill has been an outspoken advocate for the nation’s troops and veterans. Last week, McCaskill helped pass the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which was approved by the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. The legislation incentivizes the hiring of unemployed veterans by providing businesses tax credits.
McCaskill’s letter to the Secretary of Labor is available on her website, HERE.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Marsh recommended some tightening of controls for the facility. For instance, someone else needed to sign off on bank reconciliation statements as well as journal entries for the facility. Tighter internal controls as well as tighter recordkeeping for the physical and occupational therapist were recommended. Another suggestion that was made was for later meetings so that staff and administration would have more time to put together records from last month. Currently, the way that things are set up now, the board is looking at the financial picture from two months ago. With a later meeting time, it was hoped that the board would be able to look at last month's finances as well in order to have a more accurate picture of the financial state of the facility.
The board appointed member Kathy Miller to sign off on the reconciliation and journal statements with Anthony Steinhauser as backup if for some reason she was unable to do so during a particular month.
Unpaid accounts were another issue that were brought up. In previous years, the facility did not have a policy on collecting unpaid bills, meaning that there were tens of thousands of dollars owed the facility that never got paid. Now, the facility seeks to collect such unpaid balances. Some are paying what they can afford and others are waiting to hear back from their insurance company. Some debts have been successfully collected after the new policy was implemented. Regarding finances, the Nursing Home evaluates each case individually and helps residents to qualify for Medicaid if they do not have it. A lot of different criteria are used to determine qualifications for Medicaid.
Another area in need of improvement was recordkeeping for credit card purchases. Bills that are paid for by the credit card are listed by the card issuer. However, that does not specify what the charges are for.
The facility had their annual state inspection and there were only two deficiencies noted by the state as opposed to 24 last year.
Administrator Karen Fletchall reported that there was flooring work to do in order to improve the appearance of the facility.
The facility is seeking to take residents on outings as long as possible until the winter weather kicks in. Residents went to the Worth Treatin' event for Halloween and a lot of people stopped by for Halloween on October 31st. The Learning Academy students came by and they referred to the place as "our nursing home." The facility is also planning a shopping experience for its residents as well as a Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Ideas were floated around for improving the therapy area so that the experience for patients would be improved. There were also plans to improve the nurses' area.
Gas usage was up 7.8% from last year while water usage was also up. However, electricity usage by the facility was down from last year.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
He called his organization the CCP (Committee for County Progress) and ran the perfect campaign. The White Hats (his organization) against the Black Hats (the factions and incumbents). In that primary election, the CCP won every office except the Public Administrator, William S. (Bill) Morris, who would later be Lt. Governor.
Curry’s Prosecuting Attorney candidate Joe Teasdale’s opponent in the primary accused him of having never been in court or trying a case. But after winning, Joe started receiving checks in the mail from lawyers who had backed the wrong candidate. Joe contacted Jerry Jett and told him his secretary was signing the checks and putting them in the bank. He then asked Jerry “Is that legal?” Jerry responded “How the h#*#* should I know. You are the future Prosecuting Attorney.”
Within two years after this memorable election, Jackson County would break ground on two new sports stadiums have over a dozen new parks, and be in debt over a hundred million dollars.
Jack can be reached at PO Box 40, Oak Grove, MO 64075 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.jackremembers.com
Two members of the Worth County chapter of FCCLA, Taylor Butcher and Alaina Freeman, were a part of the Region 1 officers who helped plan the meeting. Taylor Butcher made a slideshow for the event that included pictures of what several Region 1 chapters had been doing in the past year. Alaina Freeman selected and read the devotional for the meeting. The meeting benefitted all FCCLA members, and was a great experience for Taylor and Alaina. Worth County students are very proud of their Region 1 officers!
By Janet Hackert, Regional Nutrition and Health Education Specialist
Arthritis affects close to 30 million Americans and can cause serious pain and discomfort. Fortunately, there are things a person can do to alleviate some of the symptoms. Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness. This discomfort tends to be greater in the morning or after a period of inactivity.
In a normal joint, there is cartilage between the bones to serve as a sort of shock absorber and allows the bones to move freely past each other as the joint is bent and straightened. There is also a synovial membrane that secretes a fluid that lubricates the joint and keeps the cartilage healthy. With arthritis, one or the other of these is not functioning properly.
The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage between bones in a joint wears away leaving bone to rub against bone. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the synovial membrane becomes inflamed. This inflammation can cause pain and swelling.
Certain factors increase the risk of developing arthritis. Some types are hereditary so family history increases risk. The older a person is, the higher the risk. Women are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis than men. Previous joint injury can lead to arthritis in the effected joint. Obese people who carry a large amount of extra weight put added stress on joints, increasing their risk for arthritis.
Although there are medications that may help reduce symptoms, there are also lifestyle changes. Applying hot or cold packs may help sometimes. Losing excess weight in someone who is obese relieves the joints of the extra burden those pounds cause. And exercise can help keep joints flexible and lower discomfort.
Different types of exercise work best for different kinds of arthritis. For osteoarthritis, water aerobics, swimming, and muscle-strengthening exercises keep joints flexible and muscles properly helping out the body’s structure. For rheumatoid arthritis, it helps to carefully move each joint through its full range of motion each day. Move arthritic joints periodically throughout the day and change positions from time to time when resting to avoid stiffness. And be sure to consult your health care team before starting any new exercise routine.
On the other side of the ball Lane Craven was named to the defensive squad; he was the only sophomore named to the first team squad. Also named were Jordan Harding (defensive line/linebacker), Dallas Greenland (linebacker), and Eli Mullock (defensive back). Eli was a unanimous selection for both offense and defense.
Bryce Ross was named to the second team as quarterback.
Monday, November 7, 2011
The council paid its $2,350 share of the preliminary Engineering Report conducted by Snyder, which included a map of the waterways and an overview of the project. Work is nearly complete on the report subject to council approval. The estimated $1.225 million includes the $101,000 that the city would have to pay in order to complete the emergency hookup with the Rural Water District west of town. Also, the city would need to raise its water rates to $33.93 per 5000 gallons and would have to raise its 2000 gallon rate as well; in what amounts to a backdoor tax increase, the city must raise the rates in order to meet obligations incurred in the water line project. The price tag also includes basic equipment such as needed fire hydrants and water meters.
The price tag also included a demolition of the present water plant; however, it was the consensus of the Sheridan City Council that the city keep the plant operational for as long as possible. The $990,000 figure does not include administrative costs such as audits, contingencies, and other such things. One possibility would be a bond issue; the city would then take out a bridge loan until the USDA sold the city’s bonds if the city were to pass one.
Instead of the present water mains, the city would have 6” mains for the most part to accommodate the fire hydrants. The city would need to build a savings fund in order to meet any unexpected expenses. The report includes a map of the new water lines as well as possible sewer lines if the city decides to upgrade its sewer system after the water project is finished.
The tower would not be raised or lowered and the USDA would likely not pay for water meters unless it is for existing customers. Pressure would be much better than before, which would lead to fewer breaks; main breaks and boil orders have been a recurring problem over the last few years.
Under the plan, there would be more fire hydrants placed around town. That would lower homeowners insurance rates since more people would be living next to one. If there were a break, the plan would allow Sheridan to fix it without shutting down the whole water system, which is a recurring problem with the present system.
Problems continued to plague the present system. Water Superintendent David Parman reported that a valve near MFA would not shut off and that he had to put in a new one. A fire hydrant near Charlie Haun’s was removed; if it hadn’t, Parman said it would have wreaked havoc on the system during winter by spraying water all over the place. Another time, the pumps to the wells would not kick on; Parman reported that he and John Stephenson fixed it. However, it broke down again; luckily, Parman was able to find Charles Warner, who was able to find the problem and create a temporary fix until he could order new parts. The breaker had broken and had worn clear out. Stanley Hensley’s cold water was plugging up; the city will call Tracy Constant.
The city has been filling potholes in the streets.
The council voted to take a step towards meeting requirements for the water project by raising water rates by $1 per gallon effective January 1st, 2012.
Mayor Leland Wake said that the city was in no hurry to get the project completed and that it could take as long as 2-3 years for the project to be completed.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Loans for physical losses must be used to replace or repair damage to buildings, fences, or to compensate the farmer for losses of basic livestock, stored crops, or supplies on hand, equipment, etc., that was lost due to the disaster. Loans for production losses may also be used to buy feed, seed, fertilizer, and livestock or to make payments on real estate or chattel debts. Generally, loans for production losses cannot be approved until crops have completed their production cycle or have been harvested.
In order to qualify, a farmer must have suffered a 30% loss in production or an actual physical loss that was essential to the successful operation of the farm.
Loans for actual losses are made at an interest rate of 3.75% for emergency loans to those eligible applicants who are unable to obtain the credit needed from another source. All loan programs of the Farm Service Agency are conducted on a non-discriminatory basis.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
1. Commissioner Rob Ruckman made a motion to approve the agenda and minutes. Commissioner Dennis Gabbert seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
2. Treasurer Linda Brown presented the weekly balance sheet.
3. Commissioner Rob Ruckman reported the gas prices from MFA as gas $3.259 and diesel $3.659
4. Bridget Gibson from the Times Tribune asked why people could no longer hook up to the Courthouse wireless internet. She said people had been coming into her office complaining that they could no longer get access. County Clerk Roberta Owens explained that due to security reasons she had Midwest Data install a wireless inscription key. Owens explained to Gibson and the Commissioners that the Courthouse needs to be secure, therefore the Courthouses internet service will no longer be assessable by the general public. No action was taken.
5. Jerri Dearmont from the Northwest Regional Council of Governments came to take care of the paperwork for the State final review and closeout of Grant # 139388 of the 3 bridges is Allen Township (195,172,185). Commissioner Findley signed the Certification of Completion, the Applicant Disclosure Report, and the Amendment Request paperwork. The Grant Total was $134,991.75 with a county in kind match of $77,000.
6. Terry and Janet Larison came to discuss the closing of CR 16E. They will continue with the road vacation process.
7. Road and Bridge Foreman Jim Fletchall Report:
· Discussed the FEMA project on Larison’s road. The scope was work was defined for that area, so they must proceed with the project, even though the money could be used more productively in other areas.
· Fletchall had a request from Kevin Harding on CR 173/200th rd. to have the county shape up the road then seed and mulch the area. Commissioners agreed.
· Discussed CR 227/105th rd. and the brush issue, it is not satisfactory yet.
· Discussed who should replace Russell as record keeper at the county barn.
· Fletchall asked about calling CAT to check a buzzer in the grader. We should be able to share the trip charge with Stanberry. Commissioners agreed.
8. Commissioner Dennis Gabbert made a motion to adjourn at 12:25 for lunch. Commissioner Rob Ruckman seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
Presiding Commissioner Ted Findley opened the afternoon session at 2:05.
9. Commissioner Dennis Gabbert made a motion to go into closed session pursuant to RSMo 610.022 at 2:46 to discuss roof and brush issues with David Baird. Commissioner Rob Ruckman seconded. Findley aye, Ruckman aye, Gabbert aye.
10. Commissioner Dennis Gabbert made a motion to come out of closed session at 3:15. Commissioner Rob Ruckman seconded. Findley aye, Ruckman aye, Gabbert aye.
11. Commissioner Dennis Gabbert made a motion to adjourn at 4:25. Commissioner Rob Ruckman seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
She later moved to Kansas City where she met her husband, Doyle Thompson. They were married October 21, 1951 at the Community Christian Church in Kansas City. They moved back to Grant City in 1955, where they remained until their death.
Edna was a member of the Grant City United Methodist Church and the PEO Sisterhood. She was preceded in death by her husband Doyle in 1996 and by her parents. She is survived by numerous cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Andrews Funeral Home, Grant City, on October 28, 2011 at 10:30. Pastor Sue Noakes officiated. Interment was in the Grant City Cemetery.
Fallow Syndrome is another issue that may be found in flooded soils. Often the syndrome shows as a classic phosphorus deficiency symptom when the corn crop planted. It would be advisable to add phosphorus fertilizer even on high testing soils to help crop growth. One reason for this symptom is the loss of vescular arbuscular mycorrhizae (VAM), a fungi that forms an addition to the crop root system, that takes up nutrients for use by crop plants. An example of the fungi is the yellow fine roots of a corn plant that quickly fade after being exposed to sunlight. The yellow color is colonized by the mycorrhizae.
Also, there have been several questions regarding the white material that was deposited on some fields. I ran a couple of tests, one at a standard depth of six inches and another of the surface one-inch depth.
The white surface contains calcium which would be typical of where the water came from. Soils to west of Missouri are generally alkaline and soils in Missouri and eastward are acidic. Also, there is sodium, which was measured by electrical conductivity. The data would indicate that mixing this into the soil to dilute this layer would be ideal.
For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-425-6434 or Heather Benedict at 660-425-6434, Regional Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.
In addition to all the services Emery offers, his station also carries new tires along with convenience and grocery items. Along with fulfilling his own dream of being his own boss Emery feels his business is an important way for him to help his rural community.
“This way people do not have to drive twenty miles to the next town to get a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread,” Emery says.
In the town of Parnell, which has a population of approximately 200 people, Emery’s Convenience & Service and K&T Bar and Grill are the only two stores.
Emery has advice for anyone passionate about owning their own business, “Go for it,” he says, “it is possible to make businesses work in small towns.”
Through contacts at USDA, Emery learned about Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF). He credits NWMEF and facilitator Annette Weeks with helping him in planning out the financial aspects of his business and helping his business succeed.
Emery Convenience & Service, 204 S. Main Street, Parnell, Missouri is celebrating a one year anniversary hosted by NWMEF Saturday, November 5th with an awards presentation at 12:00 p.m. and barbecue 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
If you are interested in starting or retaining your own business, Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF) is here to help. NWMEF is an economic development project trained by the Sirolli Institute which serves six counties including Andrew, Atchison, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway and Worth. Services are offered free and are strictly confidential. NWMEF is a not-for-profit organization. For more information, contact Annette Weeks, facilitator, at (816) 262-5158 or email@example.com. The Resource Board is comprised of more than 70 volunteer board members from each county as well as regional representation.
The “Special Session” that was called by the Governor to pass some economic development initiatives is officially over and even though the legislative body did not come to agreement on some of the proposed topics, the session was not a complete loss. Two bills were passed and signed by the Governor. One is a powerful economic development tool that will help Missouri attract high-tech and life sciences businesses to our state. The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA) will create a funding source to fuel new growth in the fields of science and technology. MOSIRA was meant to supplement the primary jobs package but it does offer a significant economic development tool on its own.
The other bill passed during the session is what has commonly been referred to as the “Facebook Fix.” The fix will protect the ability of teachers to have appropriate online communications with students. This fixes the unintended consequences that resulted from a previous bill that was meant to prohibit improper communications but put all communications into question.
The lack of agreements did, however, stop some initiatives, leaving them unaddressed until our next regular session. The House had passed bills to move Missouri’s presidential primary, create a period of tax amnesty for Missourians who have fallen behind on their taxes, provide an avenue for disaster relief funding to areas of the state devastated by severe weather and flooding and return control of the St. Louis Police Department to the City of St. Louis. These are issues that impact our state and need serious consideration.
There will be continued speculation on the success and necessity of this “Special Session.” I was sometimes frustrated and disappointed, however, the process is difficult and disagreement often times means that further scrutiny and negotiation is needed to come up with the best solution. Maybe it is better to pass less legislation than to pass legislation that is not the “best” thing for our state.
If you have questions, you may reach me at my Capitol number 573-751-9465, at the local district number, 660-582-4014, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at Room 401B State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.
The branches of the trees
And changed green foliage
To golden treasuries?
It’s autumn’s alchemy,
In gardens bonfires blaze;
And see, the leaping flames
Turn golden in the haze!
Perhaps you, too, may find
Gold magic of your own
You planted pumpkin seeds?
See how they’ve grown and grown.
At Halloween, they’ll glow
As lanterns by and by,
Or else be baked golden,
At Thanksgiving for a pie!
--Submitted by Vivian Coleman
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Dear Jack, It was fun to read in the Concordian about the Saturday night ritual from Jack Remembers. Let me tell you what it was like in the late 50’s and early 60’s in good ole Sweet Springs.
On Friday night if you had completed all your chores for the week, your homework was complete, and you hadn’t back-talked your Mother, then you went out to Dad’s workshop and asked for your allowance. It was 50 cents. Once it was in your hands you would call your cousin Phil and arrange to meet at Whitsitt’s Drug Store in 15 minutes. Once we got there we would buy a cherry coke for a dime and then go across the street to the Uptown Theater. Admission was 25 cents for 2 movies and a cartoon. We’d then buy a 10 cent bag of popcorn and for the next 3 ½ hours be totally amused. If you’ve followed my math so far you will know that we each had a nickel left so when the last movie was over we would go across the street to the Sweet Shop, a classic American 60’s malt shop and blow our last nickel on the pinball machine that was in the front window.
Saturday was a different story. Having blown my allowance on Friday night, Saturday consisted of this. My Dad was a mechanic for Turner Chevrolet in downtown Sweet Springs. He worked til noon on Saturdays. We lived about 6 blocks from downtown but Dad would always walk home on Saturday afternoon after he had parked the car in a good spot to visit with people on Saturday night. Saturday nights were incredible. People bringing eggs and produce to Wiley’s grocery. Jack, at one time you could buy a Ford, Mercury, Chevrolet, GM, Chrysler, Dodge product in my home town and now there’s not even a used car dealership that I know of. It’s really sad. Dennis Dierking, Raytown, MO Keep writing, Jack
Jack can be reached at PO Box 40, Oak Grove, MO 64075 or jackremembers @aol.com, www.jackremembers.com
As the 2011 special session comes to a close, Missouri’s economic outlook is not much different than when the special session began nearly two months ago. While the major push was an attempt to increase government spending under the umbrella of “economic development,” the reality is that there are a number of public policy changes that should be considered instead of creating more special perks for special interest. With the next regular session just two months away, we cannot lose our focus on protecting the interests of taxpayers, reducing government spending, and growing our economy through private sector job creation.
In recent years, every level of government has worked to spur economic growth. Unfortunately, the majority of these attempts have been politicians throwing the taxpayer’s money at specific industries, particular companies and campaign contributors. These government handouts have compounded the already strained budgets thereby forcing dramatic reductions to essential public programs such as education, transportation and public safety.
Although these financial giveaways may create short-term economic activity, they do very little to create long term sustainable economic growth. If we are serious about creating public policy that supports economic growth, then we must pursue comprehensive measures aimed at long-term prosperity. For example, by improving Missouri’s tax structure and reducing the financial burdens on businesses in our state, we will benefit every company operating within our borders. By having a fair legal system that is not hostile towards businesses and a reasonable regulatory environment that is not forcing jobs out of our country, we can create a business climate that encourages innovators and entrepreneurs to invest in their businesses, hire new workers, and grow their companies.
While government incentives are easy to tout as economic development efforts, they too often become special treatment for a handful of companies who lobby effectively. The winners and losers in the free market place should be chosen by consumer’s purchasing practices and not by politicians or government bureaucrats. I believe that the legislature has a greater responsibility to Missouri’s citizens to fight for every Missouri business that supports our communities and keeps our economy growing. While there is no silver bullet for the problems we currently face, I am committed to working hard and continuing to fight for comprehensive solutions that provide widespread support and long-term growth opportunities.
As always, please feel free to call, email, or write with your ideas or concerns. The Capitol number is (573) 751-1415, my email is email@example.com and my mailing address is Room 422, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.
And your step a mite bit slow
You may not move as fast as once,
But oh, God loves you so.
You may think that you're not needed
That your work down here is through!
But my beloved oldster,
God has a plan for you.
Your white hair shows the wisdom
You've gathered through the years;
Your patience stands for victories,
Proves you've conquered many fears.
Your sweetness shows that Christ prevails
His love for you inbides;
As these virtues flow out from you,
You're blessing other lives.
Oh, don't ever be discouraged,
If others must wait for you;
You've done your share of services;
Just let His light shine through.
So rejoice and live with Jesus
And to others his kindness show;
You're still wanted and still needed;
You're God's messenger, you know.
--Submitted by Vivian Coleman