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Wed
19
Jul

Rash of vandalism hits MTNF properties

Vandals painted hate symbols on the brand new entrance sign to Berryman Campground during late-June.  Such vandalism can leave bad impressions of the national forest and surrounding area, especially to visitors coming from outside the local area.  Annually, over 6,000 people come to Washington and Crawford counties from distant places to participate in competitive trail events on the Ozark Trail and Berryman National Recreation Trail; the events often use Berryman Campground as a starting point.

by Becky Ewing

District Ranger for the Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District

Vandalism occurring on Mark Twain National Forest hurts the Forest Service, taxpayers, visitors, and local economies.  Summer is in full swing and a lot of visitors are expected to be enjoying national forest trails and recreation areas around the Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District; but, recent vandalism has put a damper on this festive atmosphere. 

Thu
22
Jun

Letters to the Editor - The antithesis to open democracy

Dear Editor,

For years during the last administration, all I heard from Republicans was how the Democrats “Crammed Obamacare down our throats.”  The bill actually had bipartisan approval and yet “Crammed Down our throats” was Republicans rallying cry. 

Footage of Sen. Claire McCaskill was on TV just now... she was slamming the Senate Republicans’ absurd plan to push through their secret healthcare bill.

In true Claire fashion, she called them out: “Trumpcare?” she stated, “There’s a bunch of guys in a backroom somewhere, and they’re not planning any Senate hearings.”

She must have really gotten under their skin because they responded with an avalanche of attacks, claiming Claire was “ranting and raving” when, in my opinion, she was just trying to do her job speaking out for Missourians!

Thu
22
Jun

Letter to the Editor - Serial lying is the new normal?

Dear Editor,

On Aug. 7, 1974, Senators Barry Goldwater and Hugh Scott and Rep. John Rhodes journeyed from Capital Hill to the White House to tell President Nixon that the Republican Party had decided to abandon him; that it was time for him to go.

Nixon resigned the next day.

I am dumbfounded by the apathy of the people who voted for the “Groper in Chief” and don’t seem to care about the daily lies that come out of the White House.

“Oh, you know it’s just Donald.  He’s new at this.”

We now sanction serial lying as the new norm.  Those of you who condone all of this should take a long look in the mirror. 

All of the promises he made were just lies to get you to vote for him.  He never had any intention to fulfill them

In the meantime, he has made the White House his private ATM machine, and it is spitting out millions for him.

Sun
18
Jun

Letter to the Editor - Enshrining the Confederacy

Dear Editor,

A 1938 Missouri history school book, written by two distinguished educators, describes slavery in Missouri as a rather benign experience for most slaves. They were provided all the food, clothing and fuel needed for comfort, a sick slave was kindly cared for by the master’s wife, they were “made very happy” with Christmas gifts of brightly colored handkerchiefs and trinkets, and “On the whole, Missouri slaves were a happy, carefree group of people.” 

No mention is made of the whippings and rapes the enslaved men and women had to endure or of their screams when their children were pulled from their arms for sale to distant masters. 

Rep. Paul Fitzwater wrote in last week’s column that should towns around Missouri be allowed to remove memorials to the Confederacy then “next thing you know they will want to rewrite our history books in our schools. Folks we cannot allow this to happen.”

Sat
27
May

A speech that stopped an assassin’s bullet

When I Get Around To It

An infrequent column by Kip DeVore

Driving 800 miles due east from here puts you just about right at the ruins of the original Jamestown Colony of 1607, in Virginia, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean.  

Driving the same 800 miles northwesterly from here, however, up through Nebraska to southwest South Dakota, would put you at the foot of one of the highest mountains east of the Rockies. There is carved the largest and one of the most remarkable stone likenesses in the world, begun by blasting first with  dynamite and then finished with mallet and chisel, completed in 1942.

Sat
27
May

Letter to the Editor - Proud to be a Christian American

Dear Editor,

A recent Letter to the Editor spoke of Jesus’ concern for the poor - a concern shared by Christians as evidenced by their giving billions ofs dollars every year to the less fortunate. 

A ministry I appreciate, based in Texas, since the year 2000 has drilled over 5,000 wells primarily in Africa providing safe drinking water.

America is one of the most giving countries in the world, giving $258 billion last year to charities.

Just one reason why I’m proud to be a Christian and proud to be an American.

 

Robin Ridlon

Arcadia

 

Sat
27
May

Letter to the Editor - The sabotaging of the ACA

Dear Editor,

Congressman Jason Smith’s defense of the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act  is rather like the thief trying to sell back the stolen car after running it into a wall. The Republican “American Health Care Act”  is a greatly damaged form of the ACA, one that come at a higher cost for the average citizen. 

Let me explain by taking a look at Jason Smith’s primary complaint against the ACA which is that currently many Missourians receiving federally subsidized health insurance on the exchange are facing the prospect that the one insurance company in the ACA will exit. 

That is indeed a problem, one which can be fixed, but it shows how badly the ACA has been sabotaged here in Missouri. 

Thu
18
May

Letter to the Edior - No spiritual basis to the slaughter of the ACA

Dear Editor,

Should TrumpCare, the House of Representative’s alternative to Obamacare, actually pass the Senate, immediately the upper 20 percent of wealth holders get a significant tax savings while insurance costs will likely rise for everyone else. 

That’s not all: the insurance industry as a whole will be a beneficiary. They will now be able to return to the pre-Obamacare way of setting up insurance rates based upon what is most lucrative for their bottom-line and their stockholders. 

If one has a pre-existing condition, coverage will not be denied but it will cost so much more that many people will end up dropping their insurance despite their health problems. 

Thu
04
May

Letter to the Editor - Befuddled future generations

Dear Editor,

Last week I had a letter in The Mountain Echo complaining that Representative Jason Smith was avoiding meeting with his constituents. This was not completely accurate, as it turns out. 

The very day the newspaper came out, that same evening I got an email from Smith’s Washington aides offering to arrange a visit with them during my upcoming visit. 

My husband and I therefore were able to actually sit in our Representative’s office in Washington DC and discuss with Smith’s aides some of our major political concerns. It would have been nice to talk to Mr. Smith directly, of course, but he was busy doing surprise visits with a few of his constituents back in the Eighth District - including, I understand, a surprise visit to his Farmington office. 

Fri
28
Apr

Rental Roundup: The Fate of the Furious

by David Gifford

The Fate of the Furious (or for the purposes of this review Fast Eight) is the eighth movie in a street racing/heist movie series that has dominated the box office for the last couple of years. It is truly amazing to see a series go from some street racing movie with a limited scope, to something so bombastic as this. 

The movies since the fifth installment have taken street racing to the side and focused much more on making the series a sort of heist movie with some likable characters and ridiculous, but fun set pieces to break up the character moments. 

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