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Wed
14
Feb

Letter to the Editor - At the very least....

Dear Editor, 

I am 69 years old I have never got involved in politics. I never gave a dime to any political party or candidate. Never put out a yard sign or went to a political meeting. 

Things were going good for me and my family, we were never rich but we were never poor either. Just your everyday middle-class working family. 

We lived in a middle class neighborhood in St Charles County. No reason to get involved - we had good schools, well-funded police and fire departments, good roads, health service right down the street. 

We made a decision to move to Iron county a couple of years ago. Then President Trump got elected I thought, “Ok, he will surround himself with good people and things will work out.” 

Wed
31
Jan

Letter to the Editor - The future of our hospital

Dear Editor,

 

What would you do if you discovered your neighbor had been caring for your loved one at their own expense? Would you offer to assist in some way, would you offer to cover their cost or would you just blow it off and say “well that’s what they are there for”?

Tue
09
Jan

Letter to the Editor - State Parks pay dividends

Dear Editor, 

Remember the total eclipse this past summer? I still have my solar glasses around here somewhere. That eclipse turned out to be a major boon for Missouri tourism. 

Some towns had more visitors than residents on Aug. 21! Hotels, Parks and campsites were “sold out” due to unparalleled numbers of visitors, all to observe about two minutes of near-darkness at the height of day! 

 I have not seen any figures about the impact the eclipse had on Missouri Parks. The number of visitors to our Parks had already hit an all-time record 20 million people in 2016 before the eclipse happened.

Tue
09
Jan

Letter to the Editor - A real choice

Dear Editor, 

Thank you, Mountain Echo, for revealing the positions of the candidates running in the February 6 special election. 

I was struck by the philosophical difference between Jim Scaggs and Chris Dinkins, reflected well in two issues: attracting businesses and improving education. 

The Democrat candidate thinks there are businesses wanting to locate in the area, but they want internet infrastructure to be available. 

The Republican thinks businesses don’t want to come to our area because too many rural people have a bad work ethic. 

The Democrat is concerned about revenue cuts impairing rural education and how vouchers and charter schools would worsen that problem. 

The Republican thinks parents are irresponsibly failing to help their children be successful and don’t want teachers disciplining the children. 

Thu
21
Dec

In Memory

Dear Editor, 

December 14 was the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre of 26 people, most of whom were children. 

Trump said not a word in memory of those lost lives. Instead, he had a party in the White House that day and one of the invited guests was Wayne La Pierre, head of the National Rifle Association.  

Since Sandy Hook, there has been a school shooting every week in the USA. 

 

Sue Hagan

Annapolis

 

Thu
21
Dec

Letter to the Editor - How far?

Dear Editor, 

Almost every political race in America now is decided by a margin of 1 percent to 5 percent. The people are so closely divided that a few percentage points makes the difference between winning and losing. Here is what the Republicans have done to make sure that they win most of the time. You have to make “sure” that you have the edge.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is a group of people who write what they consider to be “model” laws for each state to adopt. They call these law “Voter ID Laws,” usually made up by a group of lawyers devoted to the cause.

The state legislatures pay fees to this organization and in return they receive these made up laws ready to go. Voter ID laws are intended to eliminate Democratic votes from poorer segments of society. They will usually vote Democratic.

Thu
21
Dec

Broadband infrastructure investment

by Jim Scaggs

Iron County Presiding Commissioner

One of the first complaints brought to my attention after being elected Presiding Commissioner was the need for better internet service throughout Iron County.  

I have had several meetings and phone call conferences with our area provider for broadband services related to Iron County. Today, I am happy to report that we have gained a little ground in our efforts to expand broadband in Rural Missouri and here in Iron County.  Below is a letter I received from CenturyLink informing me that significant progress has been made to advance broadband services in our area.

 

Dear Mr. Scaggs,

I wanted to share with you some of the significant progress CenturyLink is making to bring advance broadband services to underserved communities in Rural Missouri, including to parts of Iron County.

Wed
13
Dec

Iron County successful in getting road funds

by Jim Scaggs, Iron County Presiding Commissioner

 

When FDR said the New Deal would put a chicken in every pot he wasn’t talking about giving away chickens. He was talking about putting people to work so they could buy enough food to feed their families. That is exactly what the New Deal did. 

Fri
08
Dec

Letter to the Editor - You say you got a real solution Well, you know We’d all love to see the plan

by Sue Hagan

Annapolis

 

Trump almost daily tosses out rot which we the American public have no choice but to endure: only our elected officials can control him, and the majority party seems to have no desire to do so. 

Examples from the recent past include Trump’s insinuation that the tapes recording him boasting about groping women were not him (despite his public apologies when the tapes surfaced); he insults Native American war heroes with a senseless remark about a Senator; he again raises the malicious Obama “birther” falsehood. 

Fri
08
Dec

A challenge to Constitutional independence

by Phill Brooks

This fall, the state’s governor mounted a challenge to a major principle of Missouri’s Constitution.  It involved his successful efforts to get the state education commissioner fired by a method involving the constitutionally guaranteed independence for a few state departments.  

The education commissioner serves at the pleasure of the state Board of Education that is protected by Missouri’s Constitution from interference by the governor.  

For more than 120 years, there have been federal laws establishing independent federal agencies. But states are different from the federal government in using the Constitution - the foundation of the structure of government - to establish independent departments.  

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