Opinions

Tue
17
Apr

Now Showing: Ready Player One

Ready Player One is acclaimed director Steven Spielberg’s (Jaws) most recent film that adapts a novel of the same name by Earnest Cline. 

The novel was a mixture of 1980’s pop-culture references, VR gaming ideas, and a world where the common people fight back using technology. The book was released to a wide array of reactions, but it is one of my favorite novels.

Spielberg hasn’t directed anything recently that really blew the doors down. His most recent film The Post was a cool film with a great story, but it felt a lot like the director was just punching the time card on that one. Not to mention both Bridge of Spies and Warhorse feeling even more phoned in. 

Thu
05
Apr

Now Showing: The Shape of Water

 

 

by David Gifford

I have covered many of the recent films that have attracted a lot of Oscar buzz, but this is the biggest deal of them all. This film had 13 nominations and won four of them, including Best Picture and Best Director, the most prestigious categories in many ways. 

I saved the best for last. The Shape of Water is an unconventional romance film that is not for the easily offended. It will rub many people the wrong way. Its content is strong and it earns its R rating, so fair warning. 

The movie is about a janitor named Elisa and played by Sally Hawkins (Paddington). Elisa is mute. She communicates with sign language.

Thu
05
Apr

Newspapers caught in tariff war

by Susan Rowell, president, National Newspaper Association

 

There are two things you need to know about newspapers.

Newspapers are important to community life and democracy. Always have been. We at the National Newspaper Association think it is important for all sorts of newspapers to survive for the sake of a free society—the very large and the very small ones, the liberal ones, the conservative ones, the middle-of-the-road ones, the ones with no viewpoint but just important news, all of them. Some are our members. Many are not. We defend them anyway. America needs them like we need oxygen.

The second is that even if your newspaper seems to be “online,” the digital copy that you may count on probably couldn’t exist if there weren’t a printed newspaper behind it. The newspaper in print supports all of the other versions economically. So, if the printed version disappeared, you can’t assume all would be well because it is online anyway. It won’t be.

Fri
16
Mar

Now Showing: Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, MO

Three Billboards is a movie that garnered a lot of attention throughout the year and won a couple Oscar awards. Namely Francis McDormand (Fargo) for best Actress in a leading role. The movie also stars Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), and Sam Rockwell (Moon) who won the Oscar for best actor in a supporting role. 

The movie follows Mildred played by Frances McDormand whose daughter was assaulted and killed by someone who wasn’t caught. The horrific crime lights a fire inside of Mildred and she decides to spend all the money she has left to put up three billboards in Missouri asking Chief Willoughby, played by Woody Harrelson, why the killer of her daughter hadn’t been caught. From there it is a drama about the consequences of the action, and eventually about dealing with uncontrollable grief and anger.

Fri
16
Mar

Letter to Editor - Politics made sacred

Dear Editor,

Billy Graham’s funeral attracted a huge number of Trump supporters who donned their MAGA hats and turned the occasion into yet another 2020 Trump for President rally, aided and abetted by Franklin Graham who gave special attention to Donald Trump’s attendance. 

No doubt some of those red-hatted Trump worshippers are also members of the huge (upwards of 400 thousand) online forum where Trump is called “God Emperor” and even “Big Daddy God Emperor.”  

Congressman Jason Smith in his weekly letter to constituents, which is usually a weekly tribute to Trump and an Obama diatribe,  talked about how moved he was by viewing Graham’s remains at the Capitol Rotunda. But since neither Trump nor Smith made mention of having ever attended one of Graham’s services - surely they would have done so if they had - I would like to share my recollections.

Thu
08
Mar

Pay attention to what is happening now

by Chuck Banks

Filing is open, Congress and the State Legislature are in session and the sausage is being made. Now is the time for every citizen to pay attention to what is happening. Bills that are introduced now, if passed into law, will go into effect in August. Who and what will be on the ballot in August are going to be determined now. 

Try to overlook the scandals, and investigations because they will go away, but the laws and who will be passing laws next year are being determined now. It is important that every citizen get involved and help make our state a better place to live and work. It is easy to be distracted by the sex and international espionage while your congressman cuts your Social Security, or gives a huge contract to one of his donors. 

Thu
08
Mar

Learn to protect yourself from scammers

by Jackie Dover

Recently there has been an influx in the number of scams targeting the Southeast Missouri area, some going as far as to target businesses.  

Every time you hear of someone getting scammed the first thing most people say is “I’d never fall for that” or “It would never happen to me,” but theses scammers are smart. Scaring people and keeping them in a panic and off guard is how they are able to get money. When we are panicking, we are not thinking clearly. And almost everyone can make bad decisions when we don’t have time to think about things.

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.

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