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Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Limbaugh book a strong defense of the Christian faith (09/14/14)
David Limbaugh's new book "Jesus on Trial" opened for public sale on Monday. I highly recommend it, not because Limbaugh is a friend but because it opened my eyes to the defense of Jesus and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies in the New Testament...
Learning from lobbyist John Britton (08/14/14)
John Britton, Missouri's top lobbyist who became a legend, died on Aug 5. He provided honest information on the issues he carried but always said, "If in doubt, vote your conscience." He made many friends (myself included) and few enemies (none of whom I am aware.)...
Mary Kasten, new movie and service for state senators (07/09/14)
Congratulations to Mary Kasten for winning the Southeast Missourian Spirit of America award. Like the energizer bunny, she keeps going in promoting things that are good for America, Missouri and Cape Girardeau. About 50 years ago, Mary and her husband Mel were part of a small group in which I participated in studying Americanism and the communist threat...
Magnet website includes good statistics on Cape area (06/24/14)
While checking the Cape Girardeau Area Magnet (attracting business and industry) website, I came across this data worth sharing:"The Cape Girardeau Area Magnet's mission is to foster a strong economic environment resulting in the retention, expansion, creation, and attraction of jobs and new investment in the area. The Magnet serves as the lead contact for the area's economic development efforts. The organization was established in 1992 as a 501(c)3 not for profit organization...
Semoball Awards highlight busy summer schedule (06/15/14)
On Saturday more than 150 athletic finalists in 25 categories -- football, basketball, baseball, track, swimming, etc. -- will be honored at the Semoball Awards banquet. The winners in each category will be announced, and former St. Louis Cardinal and All-Star Ozzie Smith will give the keynote speech. More than 700 people are expected at the dinner event...
Nixon, Common Core and good books (06/06/14)
In a Tuesday Southeast Missourian story by Ruth Campbell discussing Common Core, it was reported that many districts around the state have fully implemented Common Core standards for language arts and math. However, as reported, if Gov. Jay Nixon signs HB 1490, it could change things. The bill calls for Common Core to progress while two work groups are created to develop new standards -- one for grades kindergarten through fifth grade and one for sixth- through 12th-grades...
Local officials, Carson's speech and other national news (10/25/13)
A very special honor is being bestowed upon Cape Girardeau state Rep. Kathy Swan. She is to be recognized as the 2013 Legislative Freshman of the Year at the state Missouri Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Nov. 14 in Kansas City. Serving on numerous committees, Swan is recognized as an emerging leader. Congratulations...
Area events, appreciated generosity and big decisions (10/06/13)
Special thanks to Charles Stamp Jr. for his $750,000 donation to the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Creative Labs and Industries Incubator. The new incubator center to be located at 616 Broadway will be a major feature to the program led by Dr. James Stapleton...
Summer reading reveals many concerns (06/09/13)
I've been doing a lot of reading lately and the following are some excerpts and comments from a few of my readings. In a comparison with countries around the world, it's not a very comforting position to see that the U.S. ranks high in taxes with a basically stagnated GDP...
Security suggestion and Kennedy on tax cuts (03/17/13)
Barry Hazen, a former neighbor and Missouri state archery champion sent this informative email to a Central Tiger blog. What to take to bed with you -- Not a joke "Pretty neat idea. Never thought of it before. Put your car keys beside your bed at night. Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's. office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night...
Interview and economy commentary (03/10/13)
The other night "60 Minutes" had a fascinating interview with a Chinese woman. She is a self-made billionaire who started with little but eventually earned enough to go to London. There, she learned about investments and returned to China where she and her husband made their billions in designing and constructing office buildings...
Granddaughter's international lessons (02/24/13)
The following are blogs from my granddaughter Reagan Payne (daughter of Rich and Holly Payne). Reagan is a junior at the University of Missouri and spending six months in Maastricht, Netherlands on a study course. I think it's worth sharing. Her mother backpacked Europe about 25 years ago and we shared her letters in the Bulletin Journal...
Senate race, national news, movie and local musical (10/05/12)
I'm disappointed that with all of the big economic, social, military, health, environmental etc. issues facing this country, Sen. Claire McCaskill and the media seem obsessed that Rep. Todd Akin said that McCaskill wasn't "ladylike" during their recent debate at the Mo. Press Convention, where I was in attendance...
Akin vs. McCaskill, movie, media and local theater (09/18/12)
Senator McCaskill has been a key supporter of President Obama and his policies and will have a tough time separating herself from him in this election Rep. Todd Akin, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, recently surprised me with his clear and passionate philosophic message about the principles of this country and the importance of this year's election...
Movie release, John Hickey's career and Rush Limbaugh's radio anniversary (08/23/12)
The movie, "2016: Obama's America," is coming to Cape West 14 Cine in Cape Girardeau on Friday for seven daily showings starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- and then five daily showings the following Monday through Friday. I saw the first (not final) cut about five weeks ago, and since it's gone public, it's receiving much discussion...
Some of my picks for office (08/05/12)
Many people know I read a lot, especially about economics, social issues and politics. And as some of the Republican primary candidates are people I know and have reviewed, I am sharing my choices. I told some of the candidates I was not getting involved in financially supporting them during the primaries, but I have reached a decision on how I will be voting in this unusually important Republican primary...
A flight with David Limbaugh (06/10/12)
I flew to Springfield, Mo., last weekend in a chartered jet. It took 38 minutes at about 522 miles per hour. I've been a pilot for over 50 years, but have never had the delight of such an experience. I was hitching a ride with local author/lawyer David Limbaugh who was provided the jet so he could speak to about 800 people about his new book "The Great Destroyer," which was launched last Monday to the media...
A historical perspective on ALEC and NCSL (04/29/12)
Let me put a little personal historic perspective on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and attacks by the media spearheaded by the liberal Common Cause and Media Matters funded by George Soros. In the early 1970s another group, the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) was basically funded then (and I believe still is) by state budgets, to have meetings to discuss legislative issues and sample model bills (legislation)...
Demographics and a little humor (03/04/12)
In a nutshell, Cape Girardeau County is a solid, retail, education, farming, manufacturing, medical, distribution center with steady growth, above average income, education, housing and lifestyle options. A great place to live, raise a family or retire, among friendly neighbors...
Special events in Cape, Levin book (02/22/12)
Several local events are set to take place within the next week. Here's a look at a few coming events of note:n Thursday, Feb. 23: The annual Old Town Cape dinner and awards banquet will be held at Dockside. Contact Old Town Cape for details. It will be a big year with Broadway street modifications, building remodeling and the targeted fall completion of the Isle of Capri Casino...
Reading list and special events (10/30/11)
I've been doing some traveling lately which has given me some time to read (and listen to on CDs) some recent best selling books. "Confidence Men" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind is subtitled "Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President."...
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (08/26/11)
I served six years in the Missouri Legislature as a state representative and now over 40 years in the newspaper business. I've had experiences on the Governor's Reform Committee of over 30 members just seven years ago. I know how hard it is to get some in the media to report on the content of bills and recommendations. ...
FreedomFest, book review, Social Security and Missouri's economic growth ranking (08/07/11)
About two weeks ago I went to the annual FreedomFest -- "The great place to talk, argue, listen, celebrate the trimmings of liberty, assess the dangers to liberty, and provide that eternal vigilance that is the price of liberty." -- Milton Friedman...
Congrats to Smythe; a review, secrets (06/19/11)
Congratulations to KFVS-TV/WQWQ-TV vice president and general manager Mike Smythe who early this month was named the chairman of the Missouri Broadcasters Association. The MBA includes 303 Missouri radio stations and 48 television stations...
Dance, kudos and principals' speech (06/12/11)
Recently Wendy and I went to the Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis. Thirty dance companies from the Midwest, Chicago, Nashville, Cleveland, New York, Kansas City and Cape Girardeau were on the program. Twelve additional dance groups performed in a special lobby stage during the event at the Touhill Center at the University of Missouri, St. Louis...
Quotations on adversity and an overview of our troops (04/29/11)
Being a candidate or elected official today, whether local (school board, county official, mayor, city council, etc.), state or national unfortunately makes one a target for those who like to throw darts, second-guess, speculate or just plain play politics or sense some satisfaction in the negative...
College coaches, census and 'Atlas Shrugged' movie release (04/03/11)
College basketball and football coaches not only get paid for their coaching abilities but also their related win/loss records, post season games, and the ability to create an economic money machine. Thus the background for the following excerpt from an article by Chris Bahn in the Arkansas Business Weekly about the firing of Arkansas basketball coach John Pelphrey (and their opening of the door for hiring Missouri Tiger coach Mike Anderson)...
E-mail correction and thoughts on ObamaCare (03/25/11)
In a recent column, I reprinted data from an e-mail "forwarded to me from a Cape Girardeau medical friend." The email cited "a recent Investor's Business Daily article", which alleged to point out statistics from an organization called the "United Nations International Health Organization." The end of the e-mail finished with this message, "The above stats (if true) show how badly we need ObamaCare, right?"...
Bush memoir, laws of nature, quotes and statistics (03/18/11)
I've just finished the book "Decision Points" by George W. Bush. It's been on The Wall Street Journal best-selling list for over three months. I'm sure favorable word-of-mouth is the reason. I was slow to get to it but highly recommend that you read it. Whether you agree or disagree with the decisions Bush made as president, you'll find fascinating and informative the presentation of the background and discussions that shaped his presidency and life...
Census, Beck, health care and e-mail profundity (03/06/11)
The recently released 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data showed the city of St. Louis population declining from 856,796 in 1950 to 319,284. Reason enough for the city to continue its analysis to become part of St. Louis County. Note: Greater St. Louis' population is 2,845,298; Kansas City has a population of about 485,000 and a Greater Kansas City population of about two million...
Race, wages, State of the Union (01/30/11)
'Sometimes I sarcastically, perhaps cynically, say that I'm glad that I received virtually all of my education before it became fashionable for white people to like black people," writes Walter Williams in his new autobiography, "Up from the Projects." "By that I mean that I encountered back then a more honest assessment of my strengths and weaknesses. Professors didn't hesitate to criticize me -- sometimes to the point of saying, 'That's nonsense.'"...
Nursing shortage question and CPHE thoughts (01/19/11)
Is there a nursing shortage in Southeast Missouri? As chairman of a subcommittee established by the advisory committee of the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education, we have been asked to analyze and answer this question. I will share some information with you...
Merry Christmas (12/19/10)
Merry Christmas! "Tis the season to be jolly" and thankful for all of the blessings that we benefit from by living in the U.S. It's also time for sharing -- be it the Salvation Army kettles, your church, favorite charity or the Jaycees Christmas for the Elderly or Toybox...
Kudos and Thanksgiving (11/24/10)
I'm catching up on some kudos to recent area recognitions and achievements. 1: To Coach Tony Samuel, his coaching staff and team for winning the Ohio Valley Conference football championship -- especially for his personal demeanor and consistency in handling victories and defeats. Now on to Eastern Washington for the playoffs...
Election, socialism and health care (11/14/10)
The Missouri Senate has more than the two-thirds vote for the Republicans to override a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon. The Republican margin in the House is only two or three votes short of the two-thirds vote required. Should be an interesting year -- especially with the redistricting of our congressional delegation on the agenda (anticipating a projected loss of one congressman when the census report comes out)...
Election thoughts (10/28/10)
The two most important national races in Missouri that will help affect the national debate are Jo Ann Emerson's race for the U.S. Congress and Roy Blunt's Senate race. Roy Blunt's campaign started over 18 months ago. During that time, he's made over 870 Missouri appearances, campaigned on the issues and answered questions...
U.S. deficits (10/26/10)
Here's a look at the disastrous U.S. spending over the past three years. These figures represent the money already spent or will be spent. All of the deficit spending is funded with borrowed money. The three-year total federal deficit equals $4.4 trillion. ...
Wordsmith, gaming, art exhibit (09/30/10)
Joe Sullivan, the role-model newspaper man, is a wordsmith. He's traveled throughout the U.S. in his capacities as reporter, editor, columnist and publisher. Few editors have the broadening experience of being a publisher, which brings the additional responsibilities and insights of paying the bills, watching the circulation by mail or carrier and paying attention to profit and loss, which provides the cash flow for salaries, equipment, maintenance and upgrades...
A casino endorsement (09/23/10)
Last week's St. Louis Business Journal, in an editorial, recommended Cape Girardeau for the casino license that's up for grabs. Even though two St. Louis casino applications are among the final four (the fourth is in Sugar Creek near Kansas City), the editorial lists the Business Journal's reasons why Cape Girardeau should be picked:...
To lighten your day (09/21/10)
Puns for educated minds. Written with a puncil. While in the punitentiary. 1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. 2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian...
Tax info and lessons of life (09/14/10)
Don't let the tax cuts expire: At the end of the year, the 2003 tax cuts are set to expire. That means that, as of Jan. 1, taxes on capital gains and dividends will soar. The maximum capital gains tax rate will increase as much as 33 percent, and the dividend tax rate for some individuals would climb as much as 164 percent...
Lessons in socialism (08/29/10)
Marx would be impressed: Socialists believe that the way to paradise is for governments to own "the means of production." Thus, decades ago even democratic countries such as France and Britain nationalized considerable swaths of their economies to achieve "social justice." That didn't work so well. Therefore, since the days Margaret Thatcher there have been wave after wave of privatizations in Europe and around the world...
Cabinets, Pericles, trivia (08/18/10)
Business percentages: In case you missed it, on a recent show Glenn Beck had a graph that illustrated the percentage of each past president's Cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to their appointment to the Cabinet. You know what the private business sector is: a real-life business, not a government job. Here are the percentages...
Big tax changes in the works (08/11/10)
Tax hikes -- unless there is legislative action: I thought you would want to see this. In just six months, the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect. They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on Jan. 1, 2011:...
Freedom Fest, taxes, deficits (07/29/10)
Wendy and I recently attended Freedom Fest, a three-day annual gathering of conservatives, libertarians, gold and silver investors, health food proponents, Ayn Rand readers, stock investors etc. It was an intellectually stimulating experience...
Air race, primary, role model (07/02/10)
The 34th Annual All Female Air Race Classic finished in Maryland last Friday. Beverly Cleair of Cape Girardeau (who might be the best female pilot/instructor in Missouri) completed the 2,400-mile race along with 51 other pilot teams. Speed achieved by airplane horsepower handicaps was the criteria for winning. The four-day race started in Fort Myers, Fla...
A real survivor, graduation speeches, tax numbers (06/06/10)
Here are a few items worth sharing:The next "Survivor" series -- Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and three kids each for six weeks. Each kid will play two sports and take either music or dance classes. There is no fast food...
Limbaugh's newsletter, understanding 'billions,' lots of taxes (05/26/10)
Probably the best conservative newsletter in this country is The Limbaugh Letter, a monthly publication edited by former Cape Girardeau resident Rush Limbaugh. Especially informative are the conservative (questions and answers) between Rush and guest interviewees. The most recent one with Frank Gaffney Jr. (who was responsible for U.S. nuclear weapons policy in the Reagan Defense Department)...
Strokes, testimony, headlines (05/20/10)
Blood clots/stroke -- they now have a fourth indicator, the tongue. STROKE: Remember the first three letters: S.T.R. Stroke identification: During a barbecue, a woman, Jane, stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine. ...
Purcell, Macke, Breitbart (04/09/10)
It was no surprise when Jay Purcell, associate Cape Girardeau County commissioner, joined the race for presiding commissioner at the last minute, even though he had told a number of people he wasn't going to. The large number of candidates (six) in the Republican primary (Charles Brawley, Doyle Parmer, Clint Tracy, Chris Hutson, Stephen Daume and Jay Purcell) sets up the same scenario as his election to the commission six years ago when nine candidates were in the primary and Purcell won by only 29 votes over Dan Niswonger. ...
My view: Rediger for mayor (03/31/10)
For the last 16 years Cape Girardeau has had the benefit of a strong city council led by mayors Al Spradling III and Jay Knudtson. A good mayor helps make Cape Girardeau a better city. We in the news media would always prefer to write or broadcast about good things rather than bad. It is our obligation to report on both but not with satisfaction when we have to deal with the negative...
Voting pressure, information overload (03/25/10)
David Plouffe, Barack Obama's campaign manager, cranked up the barackobama.com e-mail list last week urging registered participants to call U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's office (and others across the country) to vote for the health care bill...
Avoiding Obama; Cuba's health care for oil (03/18/10)
Some polls show that President Obama has a negative rating in Missouri of 60 percent. So it was not surprising that Secretary of State Robin Carnahan was missing during Obama's visit to Missouri last week. His visit included a fundraiser announced for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, but the bulk of the proceeds are really to be channeled into Carnahan's campaign for the U.S. Senate...
Plus: DST, 'Carousel,' latest book, Tenholder award (02/24/10)
I visited Jefferson City last week for a Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Missouri Press Association gathering. Certainly as to the state budget there is no disagreement that there is little light at the end of the tunnel. All of those lobby groups that are normally clamoring for more money from the limited state dollars are having to focus on limiting cuts to previous allocations. ...
Snow vacation (02/19/10)
Jo Mannies, St. Louis Beacon online political reporter (and former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter) posted the following on her Web page last Thursday:"[Gov. Jay] Nixon and his wife have missed this week's snow, as they have been quietly in Florida all week on vacation...
Beck's information (02/16/10)
Glenn Beck (over 6,000 turned out to hear him speak at the Chaifetz Center in St. Louis recently) has been voted the second most popular cable-TV show personality (behind Oprah Winfrey). I attribute his success not to his mannerisms but to his continuous presentation of information. He's the bestselling author of three books, and recently I read his 167-page book "Common Sense," the case against an out-of-control government inspired by Thomas Paine...
Guilt by biased photo association? (02/11/10)
Unbelievable! Under the headline ("Jetton: The rise and fall") on a Page 1 article in Monday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch was a photograph of Rod Jetton -- former speaker of the Missouri House from Marble Hill -- next to an unidentified man. The unnamed person would be recognized by most Southeast Missourians and many others across the state as Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder of Cape Girardeau...
Bonanza of speakers (10/16/09)
Southeast Missouri State University has an outstanding schedule of outside speakers for the year. Aron Ralston spoke Tuesday night. He's the motivational and courageous mountain climber who was trapped when an 800-pound boulder pinned his right hand and wrist. After "six days of hell" he amputated his own arm to survive...
Bond's book (10/02/09)
U.S. Sen. Kit Bond has co-authored a book about "Southeast Asia and the road to global peace with Islam" titled "The Next Front." Co-authored with Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis Simons, the book really enlightened me on the Far East, Muslims, the Chinese influence, extremists, terrorism and what many leaders say about the United States and our strategies in their countries. Not a pretty picture, but certainly an interesting, sometimes shocking and informative book...
Awakened public wants real answers (09/17/09)
What's this? We have an awakened public. More and more voters are becoming (dare I say it?) alarmed at the direction of our state and federal governments and asking for information and answers, not just slogans and posturing. This is not just Republicans, Democrats or independents but all facets, including liberals, conservatives and moderates...
Saul Alinsky book provides perspective (08/28/09)
Reading can enlighten and inform you way beyond your own experiences, although your own experiences help you keep perspective on what you read. I generally read a minimum of one book a week plus numerous newspapers, trade publications, 100-plus nonfiltered e-mails (I receive more than 300 e-mails daily) and listen to CDs and talk radio in the car...
Warren Hearnes: Direct, honest (08/19/09)
One of my favorite Missouri politicians has always been Gov. Warren Hearnes. He was a conservative Democrat who bucked his own party machine to be elected governor. He was considered a potential vice presidential candidate and successfully withstood unfair political charges against his reputation...
Cute signs, health care (06/20/09)
Amusing signs and slogans:In a podiatrist's office: Time wounds all heels. On a septic tank truck: Yesterday's meals on wheels. At a proctologist's door: To expedite your visit, please back in. On a plumber's truck: We repair what your husband fixed...
Learn to laugh (06/12/09)
You might not appreciate the following unless you're older than 39:n Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, "How old was your husband?" "98," she replied, "two years older than me." "So you're 96," the undertaker commented. She responded, "Hardly worth going home, is it?"...
Trade, stimulus, jobs (06/05/09)
One Bush agenda item that President Obama is determined to pick up and complete: free trade deals with Panama, Columbia and South Korea. The White House is mounting a full-court press with Congress, making the same arguments Bush did: Failure to ratify the Panama and Columbia agreements risks alienating two key allies in Latin America and bolsters Venezuela's efforts to undermine the U.S. ...
Grandchildren, taxes, drama (04/19/09)
By GARY RUST Excerpt from thoughts on the rewards of being a grandparent by Malcolm Forbes: "Getting older has its own rewards. Like grandchildren. As I know from seven of our own, the joy of them is unleavened by the parental necessity of incessant naysaying, carting, feeding and fussing. ...
Peter Kinder and 'Atlas Shrugged' (04/11/09)
On March 6, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder joined St. Louis Rams linebacker Chris Draft to raise funds for the American Lung Association. The annual Master the Met stair-climbing event highlights healthy lifestyles as participants climb 42 flights of stairs...
Tax everything, even after the grave (03/19/09)
At first I thought this was funny. Then I realized the awful truth of it. Be sure to read all the way to the end. Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table At which he's fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes And the rule. Tax his work,...
Hooray for Wayne Goode: Experienced legislator will review state budget in Jay Nixon's administration (11/20/08)
I applaud the selection of former Missouri legislator Wayne Goode to review the Missouri budget as announced last week by governor-elect Jay Nixon. I served with Goode years ago on the House Conference Appropriations Committee, which he chaired. He's intelligent and honest and deals with issues straightforwardly as some elected officials do not...
Wendy's letter (11/06/08)
The following letter was written late Saturday night and put in the mail Sunday after Wendy and I attended the theater at the River Campus: Dear Gary Miller, Robert Cerchio, Rhonda Weller-Stilson, Ken Stilson, Robert Dillon, President Dr. Ken Dobbins:...
Kinder's support (09/25/08)
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder of Cape Girardeau has recently been serving as acting governor, a job he's done over 100 days in his duty as lieutenant governor. Recently he's been the subject of bipartisan praise, which is unusual in an election year...
Picking a candidate (07/27/08)
The next governor of Missouri will be elected Nov. 4, just 15 weeks from now. But it is just nine days until the Aug. 5 primary election, which will determine the final candidates in many area and statewide races. I've donated money for the election of Ken Hulshof to be the Republican candidate for governor. ...
Political forecast (07/11/08)
Something to think about: As reported elsewhere, congressional Republicans are bracing for huge losses in November. Democrats are projected to gain over a dozen House seats, lifting their edge to at least 50. Dems are also expected to increase their Senate margin of 51 to 49 by four to seven seats, still shy of the 60 votes needed to be filibuster-proof...
Better without higher taxes (02/28/08)
Here is a continuation of Wednesday's column regarding Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton's bullet points headlined "The Miraculous Missouri Turnaround: The Show Me State Takes a New Direction and Moves Forward." Secondary and Elementary Education...
State turnaround (02/27/08)
Last week I drove to Jefferson City for Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Missouri Press Association/Associated Press meetings. The highways were a lot better than expected, another reason to praise the Missouri Department of Transportation. Not only has MoDOT improved our highways over the last three years, but ice and snow clearance has been exceptional, as has been the job done by the Cape Girardeau, Jackson and area road crews...
Catching up (01/24/08)
I recently saw the movie "The Bucket List" with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It was an enjoyable comedy dealing with terminal medical situations. It was not only funny, but it also contains some serious messages. I also enjoyed the always inspirational and funny remarks of Charles Drury, most recently at a Cape Girardeau West Rotary Club meeting. ...
Winning the war (11/24/07)
From Forbes magazine: Congress is in full-throated debate over the Iraq war. The media are loaded with war-related stories. Ignore all of it. The best media coverage of the war in Iraq was supplied recently in the New York Post by Ralph Peters, a retired Army officer turned consultant/pundit (click on Opinion at nypost.com for stories). ...
Swamp history (11/15/07)
One of my most enjoyable experiences last week was one I wasn't originally looking forward to: the 100th anniversary celebration of the Little River Drainage District held in the lobby of the newly renovated Kent Library on Southeast Missouri State University's campus. However, it proved to be highly informative...
Keathley's cleanup (11/13/07)
Mike Keathley of Dexter, Mo., was favorably and deservedly written up in a recent St. Louis Business Journal, excerpts of which I'm reprinting here. Mike was originally in a family business, IXL Wooden Handle, in Bernie, Mo. After the company was sold to a large conglomerate, Mike stayed on as an executive and traveled a great deal. ...
Week to remember shows off new River Campus (10/24/07)
"Big River," the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, is rolling tonight, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Bedell Theater at Southeast Missouri State University's new River Campus. I understand tickets are still available. ...
This and that (10/19/07)
Recently Gov. Matt Blunt and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay headlined an anti-poverty event on the campus of Washington University. The two declared that the city and the state are part of ONE, the international "Campaign to Make Poverty History." Republican political strategist Jack Oliver, now chairman of Bryan Cave Strategies (the law firm's lobbying arm), also is helping to lead the international/national campaign's voting initiative, "ONE Vote '08."...
This and that (10/17/07)
Last Thursday Teen Challenge of Mid-America (located just outside Cape Girardeau's city limits) held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of its new Lincoln Education Center. Also, Cliff Ford, chairman of the capital campaign, announced the goal of $2.3 million (which includes funding for two additional buildings) had been reached. Dedication for the entire project has been set for March 8...
Truth and flying (10/11/07)
Once, after reading about the different passions which most achievers, artists and leaders have, I asked my wife what my passion was. She immediately replied: the truth. I think she is right, but I hadn't thought of such a simple -- but, I believe, accurate -- observation...
Reading list (10/05/07)
I've been doing more reading than I normally do, though I generally read for a minimum of three to four hours daily. Just trying to read all of the industry, government and political news takes up a great piece of my day, as I have to edit my time...
Inspiring summit (08/22/07)
Recently Wendy and I flew to Chicago to visit our daughter Holly, her husband (who is our family's corporate business attorney) Rich Payne, and three of our 12 grandchildren (Reagan, Robyn and Morgan). The major timing for the trip centered on Willow Creek Church's leadership summit. Rich and Holly are active with this church and its mission, which motivated them to move to the Chicago area years ago...
The I-70 Series encore (06/27/07)
The Cardinals and Royals wrapped up their interleague series last Wednesday night and released Missouri baseball fans for their one-week sentence in baseball purgatory. I think it's safe to say there won't be a replay of the '07 1-70 Series on ESPN Classic after all the fielding gaffes, managing bungles and lineup cards that read like a roster of employees at your local FedEX Kinko's. ...
Hats off to Dalhousie… and to Rush Limbaugh for putting Cape Girardeau in the spotlight (06/26/07)
One of the great sporting events in the history of Cape Girardeau was the three-day American Junior Golf Association tournament, which concluded Thursday with the winner carding a 67 in his final round (the lowest in competitive course play) at the now nationally acclaimed Dalhousie Golf Club. The tournament drew 144 teenage girls and boys (almost all headed for college golf scholarships and some to eventually become big names on the national golf circuit) from the entire United States.. ...
Governor's policies (06/10/07)
After years of fiscal shortages, the state has paid off its federal unemployment insurance debt, thanks to the policies and commitment of Gov. Matt Blunt. The debt was incurred during 2003 and 2004 when the state was in the midst of a $1.1 billion budget deficit. With fiscal policies firmly in place, the state recently paid more than $135 million to mark the end of an insolvent fund that pays benefits to unemployed workers...
Blair's reflections (06/08/07)
In the May 31 edition of the Economist, Britain's prime minister Tony Blair reflects on the lessons of his decade in office. The following are some excerpts, and I highly encourage you to read (in print or online) all of his remarks, which include his domestic issue observations...
God's answer (05/29/07)
Dear God, Why didn't you save the school children at Moses Lake, Wash. (Feb. 2, 1996), Bethel, Alaska (Feb. 19, 1997), Pearl, Miss. (Oct. 1, 1997), West Paducah, Ky. (Dec. 1, 1997), Stamps, Ark. (Dec. 15, 1997), Jonesboro, Ark. (March 24, 1998), Edinboro, Penn. ...
Straight shooter (05/27/07)
I recently attended the annual Newspaper Association of America convention in New York. Highlights included a live satellite interview with Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander of our armed forces in Iraq. Petraeus played a key role for the military in the early phases of the Iraq War before becoming the top commander in Iraq this year. ...
Medical spending (05/24/07)
It seems to me that the Missouri Legislature and Gov. Matt Blunt have achieved a three-year cumulative budget record that has been good for the state. The just-passed fiscal year 2008 budget, which begins July 1, is a $21.4 billion operating budget that includes record amounts for education and health care as well as a tax cut for senior citizens. It also sets aside $200 million for a rainy-day fund...
Cape is hopping full of things to do (05/02/07)
We went by Old Lorimier Cemetery during last weekend's "Rediscover Your Cape" tour. Wendy and I joined a tour conducted by Dr. Frank Nickell of Southeast Missouri State University. It was fascinating to learn about the historic family ties to Cape Girardeau and elsewhere (including the Scripps family, whose heirs became founders of the E.W. Scripps Co. media empire)...
Warner: Message of personal inspiration (04/22/07)
There are many times in life when there are no adequate answers for why certain events happen, if anything could have been done differently to prevent them or what to do now after the event. On Saturday, Heartland Promise Keepers is bringing an event of inspirational music and a message by football star Kurt Warner, which is a timely opportunity...
This and that: Hogan's record, ND musical, climate alarmists (04/11/07)
Congratulations to Mark Hogan, Southeast Missouri State University baseball coach, upon becoming the winningest baseball coach in the school's history. His mentor and coach (a few years earlier) was also my high school baseball and basketball coach and mentor. Coach "Tiger" Uhls also taught me how to play the harmonica and deal with normal teen issues of leadership...
This and that (04/06/07)
Global warming. This is a letter to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from U.S. Sen. Kit Bond:The cavalier attitude of your recent editorial ("Sunspots and Sausage," March 26) toward the poor struggling to pay their home-heating bills is disappointing. Over 29 million American families cannot pay their heating bills. They suffer through the winters with many relying on inefficient but costly electric space heaters and poorly insulated homes...
This and that (04/03/07)
I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress. -- Ronald Reagan --- The Missouri Legislature adjourns May 18, about seven weeks from the writing of this column. I've learned not to predict the outcome of the issues legislators are debating...
Aviation stories (03/29/07)
Three recent local-impact aviation stories are helpful bits of information:1. March 22, Delta Airlines announced it was expanding services from Cincinnati to Cape Girardeau, Owensboro, Ky., and Jackson, Tenn. The new service beginning this summer will offer us connecting opportunities to more than 400 daily departures to 122 worldwide destinations, including trans-Atlantic service to London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Rome plus the Caribbean...
Busy unions (03/27/07)
For over three years I have subscribed to the weekly St. Louis/Southern Illinois Labor Tribune newspaper. I'm sure a lot of my union friends swallow hard when the publication publishes pro-abortion, get out of the war in IRAQ and automatic anti-Bush, Talent and Blunt editorials with one-sided coverage...
This and that (03/16/07)
Big differences? Though I don't know the reasons for the recent termination of eight Democratic U.S. attorneys, a little history would include the firing by President Clinton of 93 of 94 Republican U.S. attorneys two months after he was sworn in as president, including some in the final stages of criminal investigations. That was the first such mass firing in the history of U.S. attorneys...
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