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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. 

Sun
16
Apr

The art of the elementary (school)

When I get around to it

an infrequent column by Kip DeVore

The paintings on the walls of the elementary school on Madison Street, where Ironton’s Casey’s Store is now, were understated so much in the same muted tones as the school itself that the paintings seemed to us – or to me at least – to be a part of the building

It was as if the paintings had come with the school when it was built, probably around 1917.  Though the architecture of the high school and the elementary buildings was definitely institutional - that is, sparing the ornamentation of privately funded structures - you could still feel the leftovers of the Gilded Age of the late 1800s after the Civil War, when you grasped the heavily enameled banister, or especially the ornamental, but solidly hefty newel post at each new flight of stairs up to the second or third floors, depending on the location of your classroom.  

Sun
16
Apr

Letter to the Editor - Rant and rave

Dear Editor,

Every week I pick up The Mountain Echo and every week I get to the Letter to the Editor section and every week I read the two main writers from the liberal side of the aisle rant and rave over President Trump’s victory and everything he says or does.

However, in all fairness, once in a while one will go after our Republican Congressman Jason Smith. It is probably a welcomed sight for State Representative Paul Fitzwater due to the fact that he is usually the target of their criticism. President Donald Trump could cure cancer and they would say he must be profiting from it.

My point is a lot of their criticism is based on “unfactual” information. After a while it sounds like an irritating rattling noise. If they want people to take them seriously, they should keep their comments based on facts and not on ideological talking points. Another kind suggestion would be to give it a break and people might take you a little more seriously.

Sun
16
Apr

Letter to the Editor - The President’s thin skin

Dear Editor, 

The missile attack on the Syrian airfield was forceful and surprising, coming as it did from a President who had repeatedly belittled his predecessor for being involved in Syria. 

Hopefully the warnings given to the Russians and to the Syrians before the attack will help avoid an escalation in tension between us and them as it allowed troops to evacuate and take military hardware with them. 

But it does raise the question as to why it was important to warn Putin and Assad of the imminent missile attack yet seeking Congressional approval was deemed unnecessary.Obviously Republicans (who had denied Obama approval to similarly attack Assad) would have been fully on board with Trump, had he bothered to ask, which he didn’t, because…well, basically because he’s President and according to the new interpretation of the Constitution, President Trump can do whatever he pleases. 

Sun
16
Apr

Letter to the Editor - A wrecking ball for Obama’s legacy

Dear Editor,

On Friday, March 31, the President declared April to be “Sexual Assault Awareness/Prevention Month.” That’s so ironic considering Donald Trump’s expressed enthusiasm for groping women without their permission.

Lest you believed Trump’s declaration was out of his respect for Women, consider that on March 27, the President signed his own executive order rolling back the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order, fully impacting women workers. So, equal pay transparency and the ban on forced arbitration for sexual harassment, assault or discrimination is being eliminated by this administration.

Forced arbitration clauses are also called “cover-up clauses.” They are commonly used to keep sex discrimination claims out of the courts and off public records. This would be especially significant to “gropers” such as Donald Trump.

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