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Thu
21
Dec

In Memory

Dear Editor, 

December 14 was the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre of 26 people, most of whom were children. 

Trump said not a word in memory of those lost lives. Instead, he had a party in the White House that day and one of the invited guests was Wayne La Pierre, head of the National Rifle Association.  

Since Sandy Hook, there has been a school shooting every week in the USA. 

 

Sue Hagan

Annapolis

 

Thu
21
Dec

Letter to the Editor - How far?

Dear Editor, 

Almost every political race in America now is decided by a margin of 1 percent to 5 percent. The people are so closely divided that a few percentage points makes the difference between winning and losing. Here is what the Republicans have done to make sure that they win most of the time. You have to make “sure” that you have the edge.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is a group of people who write what they consider to be “model” laws for each state to adopt. They call these law “Voter ID Laws,” usually made up by a group of lawyers devoted to the cause.

The state legislatures pay fees to this organization and in return they receive these made up laws ready to go. Voter ID laws are intended to eliminate Democratic votes from poorer segments of society. They will usually vote Democratic.

Thu
21
Dec

Broadband infrastructure investment

by Jim Scaggs

Iron County Presiding Commissioner

One of the first complaints brought to my attention after being elected Presiding Commissioner was the need for better internet service throughout Iron County.  

I have had several meetings and phone call conferences with our area provider for broadband services related to Iron County. Today, I am happy to report that we have gained a little ground in our efforts to expand broadband in Rural Missouri and here in Iron County.  Below is a letter I received from CenturyLink informing me that significant progress has been made to advance broadband services in our area.

 

Dear Mr. Scaggs,

I wanted to share with you some of the significant progress CenturyLink is making to bring advance broadband services to underserved communities in Rural Missouri, including to parts of Iron County.

Wed
13
Dec

Iron County successful in getting road funds

by Jim Scaggs, Iron County Presiding Commissioner

 

When FDR said the New Deal would put a chicken in every pot he wasn’t talking about giving away chickens. He was talking about putting people to work so they could buy enough food to feed their families. That is exactly what the New Deal did. 

Fri
08
Dec

Letter to the Editor - You say you got a real solution Well, you know We’d all love to see the plan

by Sue Hagan

Annapolis

 

Trump almost daily tosses out rot which we the American public have no choice but to endure: only our elected officials can control him, and the majority party seems to have no desire to do so. 

Examples from the recent past include Trump’s insinuation that the tapes recording him boasting about groping women were not him (despite his public apologies when the tapes surfaced); he insults Native American war heroes with a senseless remark about a Senator; he again raises the malicious Obama “birther” falsehood. 

Fri
08
Dec

A challenge to Constitutional independence

by Phill Brooks

This fall, the state’s governor mounted a challenge to a major principle of Missouri’s Constitution.  It involved his successful efforts to get the state education commissioner fired by a method involving the constitutionally guaranteed independence for a few state departments.  

The education commissioner serves at the pleasure of the state Board of Education that is protected by Missouri’s Constitution from interference by the governor.  

For more than 120 years, there have been federal laws establishing independent federal agencies. But states are different from the federal government in using the Constitution - the foundation of the structure of government - to establish independent departments.  

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.

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