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Thu
04
Apr

A misleading solution to a non-existing problem

by Chuck Banks

 

 

The GOP in the Missouri House is proposing to pass a law that will continue the trend of smaller and smaller voter turnouts.

Republicans want Missouri to join the small group of states that have “closed” primary elections. That means only people who have registered, six months in advance, with a political party can vote in that political party’s primary election during our August primary. Once again, a misleading solution to a non-existing problem.

Thu
04
Apr

Electoral College should be abolished

by Sue Hagan

 

 

Some consider the Electoral College system for electing presidents to be a great equalizer: it empowers states with fewer number of voters to win against a majority vote. They are correct, of course, but this certainly is not a democratic outcome nor do I think it best for a nation that believes in equality for all.

We ought not to forget the fact that the “small states” protection offered by the Electoral College was originally designed to protect the institution of slavery. The real question about the Electoral College is this: do you believe in democracy or not?

Thu
04
Apr

Review - Us

by David Gifford

 

Us is the newest film from director Jordan Peele who took the horror universe by storm with Get Out, and is already known for his deliberate filmmaking that uses a lot of unique and creative horror sequences.

Us stars Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther) as Adelaide Wilson, Winston Duke (Black Panther) as Gabe Wilson, Shahadi Wright Joseph as Zora Wilson, and Evan Alex (Kidding) as Jason Wilson.

The movie follows the Wilson family, who are trying to enjoy their vacation, but when people who look just like them come to find them, then their vacation is thrown into shambles.

The movie’s plot is one that is hard to get into without spoiling it, so I will say that this is a horror film about “doppelgängers” hunting down versions of themselves. The story is fairly layered and complex, so it’s best to go into this one blind.

Thu
04
Apr

Fixing our gerrymandered state

by Chuck Banks

 

We laid Congressman Bill Burlison to rest last week. Bill was the last Democrat to from SEMO to be elected to congress.

Back then it was the 10th district, yes, we had 10 districts in 1968 and things were different. Bill was a conservative Democrat who fought for agriculture and rural Missouri. He proposed ending the electoral college and balancing the budget. Times were different, rural Missouri was a doing pretty good. Many of the small towns had shoe factories, small farmers could make a profit, and the rural children could stay home and work after graduating high school either on the farm or in town.

Fri
22
Mar

Now Showing: Captain Marvel

by David Gifford

Captain Marvel marks a monumental moment, not just in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also in female representation of superheroes on the big-screen.

This certainly isn’t the first powerful female represented on-screen, but it does make Captain Marvel the first solo female film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and that is a major deal.

Captain Marvel is a brand-new character to fans of the films, but comic book fans are more aware of her. She is often cited as the most powerful superhero in the Marvel universe and for good reason. Captain Marvel is coming out right before Avengers: Endgame in April, and Captain Marvel will certainly play a major role in the events of that film.

Wed
20
Feb

Now Showing: Alita, Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel is the long awaited film from Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) and it stars Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Dr. Dyson Ido and Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) as Alita.

The movie follows Alita who is found by Dr. Ido. She is brought back into his doctor’s office and restored into a functional cyborg.

Dr. Ido actually works on people who need cybernetic enhancements, and can give repairs to people. In this world there is a city above where most of the poor live. From the junk that has been dropped off of the towering city, Alita is found.

Wed
20
Feb

Letter - A far worse offense

Dear Editor,

This is in reply to Congressman Smith’s letter in last week’s Mountain Echo. I get that Jason Smith adores President Trump. I get that he has equal fondness for Ivanka Trump (as evidenced by the frequency with which Rep. Smith mentions the President’s daughter’s visits to the Congressman’s DC office). And I get that Jason Smith was thrilled to have a personal chat with Donald Trump just before the State of the Union speech. But PLEASE spare me the phony complaints Mr. Smith makes about Democrat legislators present at the speech.

Most glaring was Smith’s “I was disappointed by Members of Congress [Democrats] sitting on their hands” (which I imagine is a figurative description) in contrast to Republicans: They were definitely up and down, jostling one another, in their unabated enthusiasm throughout the speech. What is Smith expecting Democrats should have done? Wear MAGA hats?

Wed
20
Feb

Letter to the Editor - No one will escape

Dear Editor,

Under the new Republican tax plan put into effect last year, everyone’s taxes are going up.

No one will escape except the rich. Trump told all of them at Mar-A-Lago right after his plan was put into law, that he had just made them all a lot richer.  The Republicans said nothing.

So, if you are a Republican and you find your taxes have just gone up, I feel certain that you will feel elated. Success at last.  What you don’t understand is that tax laws are made by the rich for the rich.  They don’t include you.

When these laws are written, the only consideration given to the poor is how much can we “get away with” by taking from the poor to give to the rich.

This is Republican ideology.  Always has been, always will be.

Bob Roney

Middlebrook

Mon
21
Jan

Letter to the Editor - "Love Thy Neighbor" is action

Dear Editor,

The concept of Love Thy Neighbor is not a new one but putting those words into action is rarely done. A conversation about mission work in other states caused local Christians in the greater Viburnum community to look a little closer to home for missions work.

The scope and concept of Love Thy Neighbor is to love neighbors through working on their home, making repairs, replacing roofs, painting and anything else they may need but are unable to do themselves or afford to pay someone to do.

Pastor Justin Perry of the Viburnum First Baptist Church said, “The second greatest commandment by God is to Love Thy Neighbor, Matthew 22:39. This is not a catch phrase in Viburnum, we do this.”

Mon
21
Jan

Letter to the Editor - Words Matter

Dear Editor,

Words shape our thoughts and guide our actions.  Words are a reflection of what’s in our minds, and an echo of what’s in our hearts.  Words can unleash a fountain of life or a pool of poison.

What a sad state of affairs we find ourselves in today.  Vulgar expressions and obscene comments seem to be the order of the day.  Public discussion and debate is defiled by disgusting and disgraceful dialog.

Shame on the public figures who should be setting an example by maintaining a higher standard of public discourse.

Shame on the so called  entertainers, who pollute their music, movies, humor, and shows with trash talk, indecent gestures, and off-color skits.

Shame on the media that panders to such coarse rhetoric and put a spotlight on illicit graphics.

Shame on all those who tolerate this corruption and find secret satisfaction in reviewing or repeating it.

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