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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.

Thu
12
Jan

Column -The beginning of a new year

by Jim Scaggs

As we close out 2016, I would like to inform the citizens of Iron County that we have finished our second year in a row without using the Line of Credit.  

I would like to thank each office holder for doing an outstanding job in controlling costs and maintaining a balanced budget.  It was a very tough year managing the budget due to the increased cost in workers comp insurance, health insurance, boarding prisoners and building maintenance; while revenues continue to be flat or declining.  

Thu
12
Jan

Letter to the Editor - Foolish to allow a change in the Electoral College

Dear Editor, 

This letter addresses the subject of the Electoral College. There is a lot of talk against this process these days, and it is all misguided.

Thu
12
Jan

Letter to the Editor - 46.5 percent of the vote was hardly a mandate

Dear Editor, 

A recent letter called President-Elect Donald Trump’s win a “mandate.” It simply cannot be called a mandate when he won only 46.5 percent of the vote versus Clinton’s 48 percent. In fact, Trump’s Electoral College win was one of the narrowest on record. 

Fri
06
Jan

Letters to the Editor - Electoral College a stabilizing force

Dear Editor, 

In the 2016  presidential election in November, Hillary Clinton received 2.86 million  more popular votes than Trump, but look carefully at the count in two states, California and New York. 

Clinton received 4.45 million more votes than Trump in California and 1.5 million more than Trump in New York. Add those up and she received almost 6 million more votes in those two states than Trump.  

Fri
06
Jan

Letters to the Editor - The Electoral College is an abomination

Dear Editor, 

The electoral college is a relic of the past that needs to go. It is an abomination that Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote by three million votes, is not the president. 

Every other elected official in the United States is elected by the most votes. Why is only the Presidency determined by the Electoral College? 

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