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Wed
15
Mar

Letter to the Editor - Sound familiar?

Dear Editor, 

Many people thought that they could control him. They thought that he would be a normal head of government. They were the majority and had control. Others thought that the responsibilities of office would tame and steer him in a more conventional direction.

They were all wrong.

He offered voters a better future. The poorest people voted for him and the moderate left wing Democrats. Unorganized workers, the rural masses, Protestants and Evangelicals who wanted a moral restoration, switched their votes and voted for the man that projected purpose and dynamism. He proved to be a master at manipulating the media.

He would put country first. He would give everyone a job. He would make rusty factories run again. He would crush alien ideologies.

Wed
15
Mar

Letter to the Editor - Trumpcare is a doozy

Dear Editor, 

The “Trump Cares Less” health care plan offered by Republicans to replace Obamacare has been released for public review and it is every bit the doozy those of us with a heart (liberal hearts, that is) thought it would be: Billions in tax deductions for the rich, more costs for the middle class, and less services for the poor.  

And of course it will defund Planned Parenthood (which likely will lead to more unwanted pregnancies), make mental health coverage optional (thereby increasing costs), and raise insurance costs for people 50 and older. 

The AMA, AARP and other good American groups are protesting how mean the plan is. What amazes me is not that this is what the House Republicans after six years of protesting Obamacare have put together as an alternative, but I am astounded by the speed with which Donald Trump himself embraced it: definitely it is not the “something better and more affordable” Trump supporters had been promised. 

Wed
15
Mar

Charles Robert Earnest,  Sr.

Charles Robert Earnest,  Sr.

Charles Robert Earnest,  Sr. of Piedmont passed away March 10, 2017 in Poplar Bluff. He was 68

He was born Feb. 16, 1949 in St. Louis, the son of the late Claude Robert and Marion L. (Dannewitz) Earnest.

On Jan. 5, 1966, he was united in marriage to Lynn Lincoln, who preceded him in death on June 23, 2011.  

On April 4, 2015, he was united in marriage to Linda Sue (Gilbreath) Kelsoe, who survives.  

Charles is also survived by his children, John Earnest and wife Beverly of Ironton, Jamie Inman and husband Doug of Ironton; stepsons, Harold Eugene Kelsoe and Danny Kelsoe, both of Williamsville; and his brother, John Earnest of Goldsboro, NC.  

Surviving grandchildren include, Matthew Stafford, Jonathan Earnest and wife Monica, Levi Earnest, Austin Earnest, Johnelle Earnest, Kyle Inman, and Katelyn Inman; eight step-grandchildren, and six step-great-grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Sun
05
Mar

Letter to the Editor - Make the President the sole rule-maker?

So U.S. Congressman Jason Smith - in his weekly newsletter -  says he is sponsoring legislation that will allow Donald Trump to cut any regulation he doesn’t like. It’s called the SCRUB Act. 

Come on now - making Trump the dictator over everything is just too obvious a give away to fascism that it can’t be true, can it? This is what our Representative in Washington wants to do with the Office of the President: make sole rule-maker and rule-breaker the man who has close entanglements with not just the wealthiest top one-half of one percent living in this nation, but who has equally close entanglements with the Russians, the Saudi Arabians, the right-wing factions in Italy, France, Britain  and just about every other con-man megalomaniac right-wing nutcake in the world. 

Sun
05
Mar

Letter to the Editor - Tear down the wall between church and state?

Donald Trump owes his surprise victory to the millions of Evangelical Christians who voted for him. They are just as ecstatic at his choice for the Supreme Court.

They are now willing to ‘tear down that wall” of separation between church and state.  

In the last election, 82 percent of so-called Christians put  aside “grab them by their -------,” put aside Biblical beliefs and “family values” and voted for Donald Trump. The prized ring is control of the Supreme Court.

Now they want to eliminate the Johnson amendment that gives churches their nontaxable status as long as they don’t preach politics from the pulpit, something they already do.

I think their tax-exempt status should be removed.

At a recent press conference, President Trump rambled and acted like a madman.

He looked like an unhinged leader of an unstable and unfriendly government.  He hurled insults at reporters and announced that he was having fun.

Thu
23
Feb

Letter to the Editor - Only one month

Dear Editor, 

Every time I see this poor floundering President hold up the latest signed executive order, I am reminded of a third grade student holding up his coloring book for teacher approval: “See I just finished a whole page!”

The connection to Russia and his admiration of Russian leader Vladimir Putin is just beginning with the resignation of Michael Flynn. If you believe for one minute that it doesn’t go all the way to President Trump, you are wrong, it does. Attempts to mislead the American people always end up this way. His protege Stephen Miller is infuriated that anyone would question their power. They respond angrily when their claim to absolute power is questioned.

Remember that mandate they said they had to repeal Obamacare? “Day one it will be repealed.”

Thu
23
Feb

Letter to the Editor - A few questions

Dear Editor, 

I commend Missouri Rep. Paul Fitzwater for taking a stand against charter schools which, as he points out, will seriously jeopardize funding for rural schools: too bad, I must add, that his Republican colleagues will easily outnumber him as they move to endorse privatizing schools, just as they did with their anti-labor union destroying “Right to Work” law. 

Has Rep. Fitzwater discussed these matters with U.S. Congressman Jason Smith in Washington, DC?  Rep. Smith is a strong Donald Trump advocate and has endorsed all of President Trump’s cabinet nominees, people whose viewpoints support privatizing schools and destroying labor unions. 

Nor have I seen that Rep. Fitzwater has taken his Republican colleagues to task for years of decreasing business taxes to the point that our state revenues are now so low the Governor is making numerous cuts to education and social services. 

Thu
23
Feb

Library proposition needs your support

by Barbara Condren

Treasurer

2017 Committee to Support the Library Proposition

On April 4, voters will have an opportunity to restore cuts to the Ozark Regional Library system and provide for an expansion of services. 

By passing the Library Proposition, the library hopes to help mend its wounds from the reduction in State funding signed by the Governor’s office in 2015.  In June, 2015, the Cuba Free Press reported that the Ozark Regional Library was being forced to slash their budget due to State cuts in aid to public libraries.  This, along with additional library funding losses, and an increase in some of the fees that the library pays, resulted in cuts to the library’s budget.  The library had to make some difficult decisions resulting in a reduction in the number of staff and in the salaries for remaining staff.  They also had to reduce expenditures of supplies and technology services. 

Important Facts 

Wed
15
Feb

Letter to the Editor - Shame put back in the American lexicon

Dear Editor,

Several summers ago on an early Saturday evening I stopped on Ironton’s Main Street in front of the courthouse, setting up my easel to paint the street looking directly north; the  long, cast shadows created ribbons of light and dark criss-crossing on up the street until out of sight, all making an interesting design, as the sun at my left receded lower into the west. Except for the occasional car or pedestrian, the street was deserted.  

As I was getting into the painting, a car pulled up and parked, and a nicely-dressed couple debarked, chatting and casually walking northward.  Then another car with a family doing likewise and pretty soon other cars were parking up and down Main Street, filling in spaces along either side, people debarking, chatting and walking in the same direction.  

Wed
15
Feb

Letter to the Editor - Immensely unpopular

Dear Editor,

I’d like to address President Donald Trump’s claim that he has a mandate endorsing whatever he wants to do (privatize Social Security? reduce Medicaid benefits? turn Medicare into a voucher program? convert the public school system into a private system that will benefit stockholders?). 

The facts are now in: Trump not only lost to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes, but the percentage of voters who cast a ballot for someone other than Trump is 54 percent. And if one added into this the number of eligible voters who failed to vote in 2016, only 27 percent of eligible voters actually cast a ballot for Trump. 

That is why the protests and public outrage expressed these past few weeks are so significant: the actions and policies he has taken since inauguration have been immensely unpopular.

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