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Thursday, Sep. 3, 2015

Columns

While Miley Cyrus searches for her clothes ...
And we call this entertainment? Like most of you, I missed the VMA award show this weekend. It wasn't by accident. But it was hard to miss the highlight reel from the televised fiasco. The VMAs -- more than most -- is hype built on the expected inappropriate performance or comment that some "entertainer" uses to unleash his or her 15 minutes of fame...
Losing history by design
History does not change but our relationship to it does. Even though it shapes the present, preserving the past unquestioned and unaltered -- or, more accurately, preserving how our predecessors viewed the past -- is not an obligation of the present. It is an unreasonable standard to judge historical figures by our moral values, and to denounce as villains anyone from previous times who would not have fit within acceptable behaviors of 2015...
Deer and the USPS: Making a connection isn't easy
You might not think the United States Postal Service and Cape Girardeau's deer overpopulation have much in common. You would be right. The USPS and deer are related topics only in this column. That's why it's so important to read this column every week. It makes you think about different topics at the same time. I know it's not much of a contribution, like being able to explain rap music or something like that, but it's the best I can do. So you're welcome...
Do something
During training, a few fellow trainees bestowed the nickname "Captain America" on Airman First Class Spencer Stone. As fate would have it, Stone showed the nickname was more accurate than most would realize. Stone is one of the three Americans who recently were traveling from Amsterdam to Paris and leapt into action, stopping a suspected terrorist aboard a high-speed train in France...
Trump's blares drown out serious GOP contenders
With Hillary Clinton in free fall and Joe Biden poised to gum up the works in the Democratic primary for president, you would think the GOP would be awash in glee over the prospects. Unfortunately for the Republicans -- and I count myself in the conservative wing of the GOP -- it's all Trump, all the time...
Progress happening all over town
I have a number of items that I would like to comment on this month, so this column will be split into several segments. First I would like to thank the citizens and voters of Cape Girardeau for the positive vote on our Transportation Trust Fund 5 plan for the years 2016-2020. This positive vote will continue our street improvements through the year 2020. Citizens will see major street repairs, particularly in subdivisions and neighborhoods over the next year...
For your eyes only: Missy Kitty's official relocation report
Notice to readers: Here is Missy Kitty's official report, duly filed with the Humane Society and anyone else she thought might take the time to read it, concerning a recent displacement incident. What you are about to read is not a complaint, but Missy Kitty warns certain humans not to push the envelope too far. Or else...
McCaskill hitching herself to Clinton candidacy
By just about all accounts, Missouri's Sen. Claire McCaskill is a savvy politician who honed her political skills in the Missouri Legislature before being thrust into the national spotlight. McCaskill was one of the very early supporters of Barack Obama in 2008 and this year has become the go-to spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton...
Banning The Box: Enabling A Second Chance
"Convicted felon" is a phrase that conjures images of hardened criminals, supermax prisons, and repeat offenders. These are who many people have in mind when they refuse to hire those with felonies in their past. The question -- "have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a felony?" -- often precludes consideration for an opening, no matter how unrelated the job is to the original offense or how many years in the past the crime happened. ...
The best you can come up with is a stepladder? Really?
Notice to readers: My wife and I have just moved across town. After 50 years of marriage and almost two dozen moves all over the country, you would think this move would be a snap. It wasn't. Eighteen years in one house made us soft. And a little bit whiny. So bear with me for a while...
Documenting the Death Railway
The following information was taken primarily from an article in the military newspaper "Stars and Stripes." The Death Railway was characterized in the film "Bridge on the River Kwai." The railway is known for POW atrocities in World War II. Ron Beattie is a 67-year-old Australian engineer who has lived in Thailand since 1990 and admits to having an obsession with the Death Railway. ...
Trump wears out welcome in GOP field
Hillary Clinton just had the best week of her rocky presidential campaign. Now granted, the former First Lady and her two campaign sidekicks were ordered by a federal judge to pledge under oath and threat of perjury they had turned over all emails related to her time as secretary of state...
Losing our way with 'phony urban legend'
It's been a year since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, following an attack on a police officer. Despite massive protests and riots over false reports that Brown was assassinated with his hands held in the air, not a whole lot has changed...