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Thu
19
Oct

Letter to the Editor - What is Pro-Life?

Dear Editor,

Last week’s The Mountain Echo featured Congressman Smith’s weekly newsletter. Smith made an appeal to Pro Life voters, clearly hopeful they will be single-issue voters next year and ignore all the other political issues that affect our lives. I suspect most pro-life voters are not as single minded as Smith thinks they are. 

Smith gives no consideration to what would have happened to the women if abortion is prohibited; lives permanently disrupted with physical, mental and economic problems related to unwanted pregnancies. No mention is made that 40 percent of women seeking abortions already have children: how would their lives be affected? And what about those who would not have ever been born had their mother been denied the right to a safe abortion. As one woman 

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Thu
19
Oct

Letter to the Editor - The Art of Signaling

Dear Editor,

I have noticed on many occasions that there are a lot of people in this county who don’t know how to signal. Perhaps there is a misconception that signaling is both difficult and time consuming. Nothing could be further from the truth! As I hope to explain in just four easy steps, signaling can be fun, and it can relay the message to others that YOU are, indeed, a sophisticated and savvy driver.

First- why signal? There are two main reasons. 

  #1. It alerts a person waiting to turn onto your street that you intend to turn, thus giving them an opportunity to turn also. 

#2. If you signal well in advance of your turn, it courteously tells the texting driver behind you that you intend to turn in the near future, and if all goes well, they will notice this during one of their glances at the highway - thus avoiding you being rear - ended. 

So, here’s what I hope are easily understandable directions on how to signal.

Thu
07
Sep

Letter to the Editor - Trickling on the deserving

Dear Editor,

A couple of weeks ago, I suggested that religious organizations failing to denounce the racism that led to violence in Charlottesville had little time left to demonstrate their piety. The Houston flooding has given churches another chance to show their inner goodness, and some are certainly rising to the challenge.  But at least one mega-church failed the test by refusing to open its doors to flood refugees until public rebuke overcame their intransigence. 

Prosperity Pastor Osteen is now trying to blame his tardy response as caused by something other than his belief that people get what they deserve - if they are poor, they should work harder; if they are sick, they should pray more; if they are standing waste deep in flood waters, they should remember that God didn’t put them there, but if they are worthy, God will send them a rescue car, or something like that. 

Thu
07
Sep

Letter to the Editor - The wall will never be built

Dear Editor,

Donald Trump’s support is getting weaker and weaker, but he still has the support of about 25 percent of the people in this country - mainly the Klan, the Neo Nazis and the  Evangelical Christians. They will support the position he took down in Charlottesville without question. 

Now the spoiled little rich brat is threatening to shut down the government if the American people don’t pay for his wall across the Mexican border; a promise he made during the election campaign that he knew he couldn’t keep when he made it.

Wed
02
Aug

Letter to the Editor - 30 years of culture war

Dear Editor,

The Republican Party will not repeal and replace Obama Care. 

It’s not going to happen.

Over 50 times the House voted to repeal it and now cannot do it. Why?

Because it was always political theatre. It was meant to get people to vote for them who did not understand what was going on. None of these Republicans expected Donald Trump to win. This last vote they took to repeal, but not carry through on it until after the mid-term elections next year failed also. They know that if they just vote to repeal it without a replacement, it would create such havoc that they wouldn’t stand a chance in next year’s elections. And never forget that’s the most important thing to  Republicans - to get elected. Everything else is secondary.

It’s the same way with abortion. George W. Bush never spoke against the abortion issue. He realized the importance of the issue to get fellow Republicans elected.

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.

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