Opinions

Wed
21
Oct

Letter of opposition to stadium sent to Gov.

By PAUL FITZWATER
Wed
21
Oct

County to sell surplus inventory

I hope everyone enjoyed the festivals that have been held in Iron County this month in Viburnum “Old Miners Day”, Annapolis “Freedom Fest” and the AV “Fall Festival” and “Mountain Music Festival.” Each event was well attended and the organizers and volunteers did a great  job.
 
Thu
01
Oct

Medicare Prescription Drug sign-up Oct. 15

by RUTH DOCKINS

Finally, the crisp, cool weather of fall is here (or nearly here)! We can start looking at football games, bon-fires and new Medicare D choices. As most of you know the Medicare D (prescription drug) sign-up for 2016 starts Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. You have received, or will soon receive (depending on when this article is printed) a letter from your Medicare Prescription Drug plan the “Plan Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage”. This letter will be a notice from your current plan outlining their 2016 formulary, benefit design and/or premium changes. They must send this to you by September 30.

Thu
01
Oct

Road, bridges and Crane Lake restoration

by PAUL FITZWATER

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has worked on the shoulders and repaved Highway 185 from Highway 8 out to Highway AA. Many of you contacted me about the quality of this work done on this project. After receiving my first call, I drove out to take a look at this roadway and I was not real happy with what I saw. I immediately called our MoDOT District Engineer, Preston Kramer with concerns about the quality of work on the project. Preston Kramer made the trip from Rolla on Monday morning and assessed the situation. He called me an told me that he, too, was not real happy with the work and that he would contact me as soon as a decision was made to correct the issue.

Thu
10
Sep

Politicians failing us on economy

by LEE HAMILTON
 
Thu
10
Sep

Setting sites on the upcoming Veto Session

by PAUL FITZWATER
 
As mandated by the Missouri Constitution, the General Assembly will meet Wednesday, September 16 to consider bills that were passed by the House and the Senate, but vetoed by the governor. The annual Veto Session gives legislators a final opportunity to enact their ideas into law despite the governor’s objections. In both chambers, a two-thirds vote is required to override a veto. In the House, that amounts to 109 votes. Twenty-three votes are needed in the Senate to successfully complete an override motion.
 
Thu
10
Sep

The retirement of a shining light for transparency

by PHILL BROOKS
 
Late his summer, one of the shining lights for transparency in Missouri’s state government retired. Under the administration of two Democratic governors, Linda Luebbering stood apart in providing access and information in ways I’m not sure some Republican legislators fully appreciated. Luebbering was the budget director under Gov. Jay Nixon and previously under former Gov. Bob Holden. She had been an exception in Nixon’s administration which throttles access to government officials.
 

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