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Monday, June 29, 2015

Columns

On being an American -- and finding a way to prove it
As we approach the 239th anniversary of our nation's founding, a recent story from the island of Hispaniola caught my attention. Haiti and the Dominican Republic occupy opposite ends of the island. Thousands of Haitians have gone to the Dominican Republic in search of jobs. Relations between the two countries are tenuous...
Raiders and others
I recently read an article about the creation of a new Marine Special Operations group to be officially known as Marine Raiders. This is meant to be a Marine equivalent of Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy Seals and Air Force Special Operations. All of these units are assembled as part of the U.S. Special Operations Command...
Trying on liberal clothes
As impossible as it is, let me try to be a liberal. Given the number of gun-related deaths, let's repeal the Second Amendment and implement the strongest gun controls imaginable. By taking this drastic step toward gun violence, as a liberal I am convinced that all of the illegal and stolen guns would be turned into law enforcement...
Let's talk about things that grow ... and grow ... and grow
Anyone who has been paying any attention at all knows we are concluding a most unusual spring. It has been, for the most part, cool and wet. This means conditions have been ideal for flowers, shrubs and trees in our area. This was certainly evident last Saturday during the tour of six interesting gardens sponsored by the garden clubs of Cape Girardeau...
D-Day through German eyes
The 71st anniversary of the June 6, 1944, Allied landings at Normandy provided us with reminiscences of veterans as well as pictorial and video records of the day. As important as this is, it still only presents one view of D-Day. In 1944, Dieter Eckhertz was a military journalist assigned to the German magazines "Signal" and "Die Wehrmacht." Shortly before June 6, Eckhertz was sent to Normandy to interview soldiers building and manning the Atlantic Wall defenses. ...
Timing of union donation to Nixon stinks
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is a bright leader and astute politician. And he should know better. Just a week or so after he vetoed a right-to-work bill in Missouri, it is reported that Nixon accepted a $50,000 campaign donation check from the United Auto Workers...
Spain's EU rescue: an ambulance in first gear
The Kingdom of Spain is beset by problems that would seem impossible to hold within one state: 25 percent unemployment, corruption scandals that bring weekly arrests of elected officials and civil servants, illegal immigration from North Africa and the Middle East, the collapse of its two-party system in recent elections, a stubbornly high national debt, and a popular separatist movement in Catalonia. ...
Whatever, whenever, however I want -- and then some
That pretty much outlines my retirement philosophy. When folks asked me, before I retired, what I planned to do with all my "extra time," I would answer, "Whatever I want." For the most part, that's exactly how it has worked for almost five years. Of course, there are some things I do that I didn't exactly plan, but so far nothing has seriously interfered with my retirement mission: Enjoy life...
Clarification and drone technology
When I write a column I am trying to communicate both facts and ideas. Failure to succeed in that is my fault. In my last column, I made the statement, "I am not suggesting teaching a sterilized version of our history." That message was not understood by some readers. ...
Upside-down logic regarding cops, criminals
Law enforcement has always been a difficult job -- long hours, low pay and the ever present possibility of danger. But recent well-publicized incidents that we can all recite by heart have put law enforcement in the crosshairs. And there is a highly orchestrated effort by the progressive movement to keep law enforcement on the defensive...
You can't fool a cat. Ever. Don't even try.
Missy Kitty knows something is afoot, so she's keeping a close eye on the human activity in and around her home. She knows it has something to do with relocating -- whatever that is. Oh, sure, Missy Kitty has moved before, but that wasn't so bad. All she had to do was crouch in a pet carrier and howl like a dying banshee, and, before she knew, it she was in her new home with nice yard, a cushy chair to call her own, a perpetually full food dish plus refrigerator privileges and special access to the milk jug.. ...
Teaching history
Like most of you, I have been puzzled as to why young people would be drawn to ISIS. I was thinking about this, and listened to a conversation bemoaning the lack of knowledge our children have about our nation's history, its heroes, patriots and its patriotic customs. ...
Missouri fraud illuminates ID need
Few issues for the American public are as important as the right to vote. And yet few issues are as divisive and as polarizing between the two major political parties as the process of voting. The controversial debate over voter IDs is part of the national dialogue, especially now, given the virtually even divide on just about every political issue under the sun...