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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Columns

The last Jews in Berlin
"The Last Jews In Berlin" by Leonard Gross and published by Open Road Media is another e-book I purchased from Amazon.com. This nonfiction work follows the lives and the families of a small and diverse group of Jews who managed to escape the Gestapo and Nazi SS during the 1930s through 1945 and the Nazi surrender. ...
The history of mobile telephones, all in one drawer
In anticipation of moving out of our home and into a different house, my wife and I have been going through a lot of stuff, deciding what to discard and what to keep. It is exhausting work, as those of you who have been through this process already know...
Obama's legacy
As you would expect at this point in his presidency, Barack Obama has started to discuss his legacy. With the clock ticking down on his second term, Obama is doing what he should do -- planning for the future. He has announced the location of his Presidential Library -- south Chicago -- and reportedly has been house hunting...
Modern times: We are measured by our motorized vehicles
The regular session of classes at the university here in our favorite river city has ended. The summer session has begun. How do we know? Because there aren't as many automobiles going to and from the campus. The amount of traffic on city streets is just one measurement of activity. Another way to tell what's going on is to look at parking lots on the campus. They are all but empty. To get a higher education these days, it appears, one must burn gasoline as well as the midnight oil...
Memorial Day 2015
The Grand Army of the Republic was the nation's first veterans' organization, but the GAR's political and societal influence began to fade through the years as Civil War veterans continued to die off. On May 5, 1868, Gen. John A. Logan. commander of the GAR, issued a Memorial Day statement that is still apropos after 147 years. Here is a portion of that statement:"...
Cape's parks are a tremendous asset
Our annual Friends of the Park Day was held on April 25. It was again a great success despite the cloudy, damp weather. This is a great community event each spring that renews our park system for the coming summer season. This event brought out more than 340 volunteers including the SEMO Horticulture Club, Master Gardeners, several service clubs, Southeast University students, The Missouri Department of Conservation, several city advisory boards, the SEMO Fair Board, local garden clubs, plus other groups and a host of individuals.. ...
Societal disservice with 'gentlemen's Ds'
It's that time of year when graduates of all shapes and sizes march down the aisle, leaving the classroom behind and entering the real world. Those starry-eyed graduates will eventually form a line of leadership that takes society to much greater heights...
Certain ambiguity: Partnering with the European Union
The European Union is the most successful multinational organization in history, with decades of achievements in promoting trade, a currency union (the euro), freedom of movement, and the peaceful resolution of disagreements. This latter point, the development of consensus-based decision-making in a region -- Western and Central Europe -- previously plagued by centuries of war and violence, is the most remarkable...
Go west -- or north or east or south; you decide
My wife and I have moved more than 20 times in our half-century together. But we are spoiled. Nearly half of that half-century has been spent right here in Cape Girardeau. We have been in our house 18 years, the longest we've ever lived anywhere in our lives...
Budget clears way for right-to-work, voter ID
At the writing of this week's column, the Missouri Legislature is poised to have a potential firestorm following a rare budget agreement that normally grinds along to the very closing moments of the legislative session. Republicans, who hold a veto-proof majority in the House and Senate, approved and sent to the governor a completed budget much earlier than has been tradition...
That tree looks like ... well, it reminds me of something
I think that I shall never see A tree so ugly as the woods Butchered in Girardeau's neighborhoods. The tree whackers are out in full force these days. Maybe you've seen them. How could you miss them? Moreover, how could you not notice what the whackers leave in their wake?...
Listen and read as a skeptic
This is a drastic change in subject for my column in preparation for the upcoming election affecting the military, veterans and everyone else. An increasing number of political ads on television, radio, billboards, newspapers and emails will soon be inundating all of us...
Our mistake on the sports complex story
Providing accurate information to the community is a paramount goal of this newspaper. On a big story this week, we messed up. The City of Cape Girardeau is deliberating the development of a sports complex, funded by taxpayer dollars, to draw visitors to town for major sports tournaments during times of the year when hotels here traditionally have higher vacancy. ...
Where is the solution on race?
The difference between a protest and a riot needs no explanation. Starting last summer in Ferguson, a series of protests has taken place across the country aimed at police tactics in addressing African-Americans. But with far too much frequency, the protests have turned into riots with property damage well into the millions of dollars...
You can say that again, but not because I can't hear you
By the time you read this, I will have been, for three days, a full-fledged citizen of the Bionic World. I can't say when the first bionic apparatus was applied to a human body in the hopes that life would be better as a result. Perhaps it was the ear trumpet used by hard-of-hearing folks who could get the gist of what you were saying if you shouted into the bell of the trumpet, which was inserted in someone's ear. It wasn't a foolproof system at all...