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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 “Day one it will be repealed.”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.

Thu
02
Feb

A cloak of secrecy has descended

issouri government to a degree I never imagined in all my decades covering this statehouse for you.

It comes from the administration of Missouri’s new governor, Eric Greitens.

I actually had hoped for something different. He ran a campaign promising change and challenging the old way of doing business in government.

Other governors I’ve covered who campaigned on platforms of change made transparency a major component in rallying Missourians to their issues -- Warren Hearnes, followed by Kit Bond on the Republican side and Mel Carnahan on the Democratic side.

But Greitens, at least so far, has taken a more secretive approach.

He has not held an open-question news conference in the statehouse since his election.

Some of his cabinet nominations and other announcements have been made through Facebook where there is no opportunity for reporters to ask questions.

Thu
02
Feb

Letter to the Editor - Bait and switch

Dear Editor, 

President Trump is a master of sleight of hand. 

While he is distracting us with entertaining nonsense, such as the ridiculous fussy fit over crowd sizes or the ludicrous notion that two million people voted illegally, all of them for Hillary; while all this is going on Trump has his hand in your back pocket reaching for your wallet. 

The very first act of the President for the People was to revoke a tax break for middle class home owners. He who promised to drain the Washington swamp of corruption has a cabinet that would make Putin’s kleptocracy of oligarchs proud. 

Many of these massively wealthy men were drafted from Wall Street, the root of evil when Trump was a candidate, but now his best buddies. And they are salivating at all the massive tax breaks for the rich that are coming up really soon. 

Thu
02
Feb

Letter to the Editor - Partisans, yes. Americans, no.

President Donald Trump is about to commit one of the greatest mistakes of his life and ours.  He is about to give the Russians everything they want.  He is going to lift the sanctions against Russia.

Shooting down a commercial aircraft with 300 women and children on it was okay.  Invading the Crimea was okay.  Invading other countries was okay.  Hacking our election so that Trump could win - that’s also okay.  

I truly believe that the majority of Congress will accede to his demands.

Partisans, yes.

Americans, no.

Bob Roney

Middlebrook

Thu
02
Feb

Letter to the Editor - Shame on you

In regard to (Letter to the Editor - Gerrymandering – Nov. 25), on Republicans gerrymandering by mapping districts to control elections and assuring victory.

I guess the letter-writer is saying that the only way the Republicans could have won the state and federal  elections was to cheat?  Are you saying that 2016 was the year that this (so-called) gerrymandering took place in Missouri and Iron County?

Since we moved here from Illinois in 2003, it has been virtually impossible for a Republican to win a county office in Iron or Reynolds counties.  Cook County (IL) and Chicago are totally corrupt and have been under Democrat control for over 100 years.

For those of you who would like to be controlled by the Chicago/San Francisco/Hollywood mindset, that is so sad.

For those of you who think you should not have to prove who you are to vote, that we don’t need borders, and that transgenders should be able to use the bathroom of their choice – shame on you!

Sat
21
Jan

Letter to the Editor - Gerrymandering

Dear Editor, 

Every ten years in the United States there is a census conducted.  After the census in 2010, the Republican Party sent out operatives in every state to examine the voting records in every county and in every state in the union.

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