June 12, 2008

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if we didnít have President Bush to blame for all our problems? Gas is over $4 a gallon, it must be the presidentís fault right?

That seems to be what the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee wants us to believe.

They sent me this wonderful press release yesterday entitled ďAs Gas Prices Soar to New Record, Does Blaine Luetkemeyer Offer the Same Bush-McCain Energy Policies for Missouri?Ē

Seconds later I got the exact same e-mail except it was targeting fellow Republican congressional candidate Brock Olivo, with another carbon copy just seconds later aimed at Dr. Bob Onder, the three candidates vying for a chance at Kenny Hulshofís congressional seat.

Iím not going to waste my time on how unprofessional I felt the public relations was on such a canned release, simply inserting the candidates name on the dotted line on three separate, but nearly identical letters to the media.

What I will focus on instead is the message.

It states ďFor more than seven years, President George Bush and his allies in Congress have given tax breaks to Big Oil companies earning record profits and done nothing to help lower the price of gas at the pump, which is now $3.82 a gallon in Missouri. Are these the same energy policies that Blaine Luetkemeyer (Dr. Bob Onder or Brock Olivo) would support in Congress?Ē

What the DCCC fails to remind the readers about is in October 2006, when gas prices were $2.26 a gallon.

Then in November a Democrat majority was elected into the United States House of representatives where Onder, Olivo and Luetmeyer are trying to maintain Hulshofís Republican seat.

ďConsidering that Missouriís families are now paying dearly for the Bush-McCain energy policies that prioritize protecting Big Oil profits over lowering prices at the pump, Blaine Luetkemeyer needs to tell Missouriís families whether he will support more of the same approach in Washington,Ē said Ryan Rudominer, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. ďThe question for Blaine Luetkemeyer is simple: Will he continue the same George Bush policies that give tax breaks to his Big Oil pals and have Missouriís middle class families now paying the highest gas prices in American history?Ē

What the DCCC fails to ask is would any of the trio of Republican hopefuls if elected help push for expansion of energy production, such as the expansion of oil drilling, that thus far has been opposed by the Democratic controlled-house?

The DCCC press release states according to AAA, the average price of gas in America is now at a record high of $4.02 per gallon. Typical politics finds it pointing the finger across the aisle, targeting an outgoing boss as the one to blame.

Before Bush in 2001 gas was $1.38 a gallon. But that was also before 9/11, before Katrina and before China and Indiaís (and everyone elseís for that matter) consumption of oil dramatically increased while production stayed the same or even declined. Did you know that Chinaís oil consumption had doubled in less than a decade?

What the DCCC and Democrats as a whole will tell us is that the oil companies are to blame. So lets get rid of the oil guys like Bush and tax the heck out of the petroleum industry.

Does that fix the problem? NOPE.

If consumption is doubling in China, and obviously isnít going down much anywhere else anytime soon, then the only answer is upping production. Itís simple supply and demand. Instead Democrats like the DCCC prefer deny and stick your head in the sand (note the nifty little rhythm there).

Lets avoid upsetting liberals by discussing disturbing Alaska or anywhere else in an effort to open more oil fields for production. Instead we can fuel the masses (get it fuelÖ) by burning the oil companies in effigy and putting a penalty tax on them. I suspect that more taxes on the oil companies isnít going to help lower gas prices, but Iím not an economics expert.

The guy who wrote Exxonís tax check last year might argue we have already done that. Paying more than 40% tax rate, Exxon contributed $30 billion to the United States government in 2007.

Oh yeah, thatís one other thing the DCCC forgot to mention, how will these candidates effect you when you right that tax check?

The DCCC release says ďIn 2001, when President Bush took office, the average price of gas in Missouri was $1.38. According to AAA, the average price of gas in Missouri is $4.02 per gallon Ė an increase of 177 percent.

In 1999 when Bill Clinton, a Democrat, was in the White House, Tax Freedom Day, that point in the year when the average American has finally earned enough to pay all local, state and federal taxes fell the latest in recent history. Not until May 3rd had we made enough money to pay our taxes.

In 2002 under Bush we had our taxes paid for by April 16th.

I donít know about you, but I like that extra month of making money for myself and not for the government to waste away. As a matter of fact I hope when elected Mr. Olivo, Dr. Onder or Mr. Luetkmeyer, will remind all the other members of Congress about that fact and get us back on the fiscally responsible track their Republican constituents are expecting from one of them. That way we can continue to see Tax Freedom day sooner and sooner. And we can boost oil production as quickly as possible to bust the bubble of record oil prices. Let the economy of supply and demand give us our money back from the oil barons instead on taxing the record profits to give to the government to waste.

Do we want more oil, lower gas prices and a return of a strong economy? Or is it better to have high gas prices and higher taxes so we can expect more government handouts?

Scotland County Memorial Library to Host Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore exciting things this summer as the Scotland County Library presents “Ready, Set … Read!!” during their summer library program. The 2016 Summer Reading Program is open to young people ages 3 through 6th grade with programs and prizes. Registration for “Ready, Set … Read!!” begins on Monday, June 6th, and the last day to collect prizes will be Friday, July 22nd. ¬†Prizes will be awarded based on hours spent reading.

The programs will be on Wednesdays beginning June 8th with Michael Collins, Missouri Conservation Agent and Natalie Miller at 10:00 a.m. On June 15th at 10:00 a.m., “Reptile Experience” will give an animal presentation. Other programs (at 10:00 a.m.) will include Travis Mathes from Lewis County Electric Coop, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department and the Memphis Police Department, Scotland County 4-H, and Karen Armstrong of the Missouri Dept. of Conservation. For more information, call the library at 660-465-7042.

All programs are free of charge.

FSA Reminds Farmers of Haying, Grazing Regulations on  CRP Acreage

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CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) participants may release their CRP acreage for haying or grazing.  A payment reduction of 25% of the annual rental payment times the number of acres actually hayed or grazed will be assessed.  The assessment may be paid in advance or deducted from the annual CRP payment.

Before haying or grazing CRP, you must sign a request at the FSA (Farm Service Agency) office and obtain a modified conservation plan from NRCS.

You may hay or graze the acreage one out of every three years.  For example, if field #3 was released for grazing in 2013, it may not be hayed or grazed again until 2016.

Haying/grazing CRP does not substitute for required Mid-Contract Management (burning, discing, or spraying), if applicable to your contract.

Eligible acreage may be hayed or grazed between July 16 and September 30, 2016.  Hay must be removed from CRP acreage by October 30. You may not hay and graze the same acreage.

Any cover destroyed or damaged as a result of the haying/grazing will be re-established at the CRP participant’s expense. CRP hayed/grazed without being released is subject to a penalty or cancelation of CRP contract.

For more information or to release CRP acreage for haying or grazing, please contact your county Farm Service Agency office.

The phone number for the Clark County office is (660) 727-3364. The office is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Scotland County office at Memphis is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is (660) 465-8517.

Bullet Stop to Host Hartford Fest 2016 June 3-4

Jim and Doreen Madison will host Hartford Fest 2016 this weekend, June 3rd and 4th in Hartford, MO.  This is a family event that has it all; games and rides for kids, shooting contests, live music both nights, fireworks and tons more!

Jim started having events like this years ago.¬† Jim had his first event in 1989 and called it ‚ÄúJunk Sale‚ÄĚ.¬† Junk Sale consisted of thousands of used gun related items that Jim would pick up from other gun dealers.¬† Jim would travel in an old Chevy Suburban around the Midwest buying items for future sales.¬† When the old Suburban was full, he headed home.¬† The original sales were held in the basement of his first store.¬† Customers had to navigate tricky wooden stairs to view Jim‚Äôs finds.¬† In later years, these sales grew and when he built his Hartford gun shop, he had the same ideas in mind; build a large building and have nice large sales.

Originally called Hartford Days, Jim would have three to five every year.  Although these were a big hit, this also proved to be a lot of work to organize.  So after Goobers Hartford Store was opened, a decision was made to combine both stores into one big sale event known as Hartford Fest.

Hartford Fest is held on both properties and has something for everyone; good deals on guns, free cookouts, horse rides and yes, lots of give-a-ways.  Jim says this is a great way to thank his customers for the many years of support.

This year, Anthony Imperato, owner of Henry Repeating Arms Company, will be on hand to meet and greet.  Jim and Anthony will give out thousands of dollars in free Henry rifles.  Also, this year, the highway patrol and the National Rifle Association will have displays.

Twenty-eight years ago, Jim and Doreen cooked up this sale.  Please come and join the fun.  Jim has one hint as to parking; this huge event requires a large area to park so on the west side of the property will be a grass field.  Turn by the dumpster and look for the green gates!

Preparation is Key to Successful Blood Donation

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The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Scotland County Hospital from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7th.

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need.  Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast or lunch, drinking extra water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time.  The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible; every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.

To donate blood, simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.  All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.  A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission n some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

SCR-I Elementary School Releases 4th Quarter Honor Roll

The Scotland County Elementary School recently released the fourth quarter honor roll for the 2015-2016 school year.

Named to the 3A A Honor Roll were: Luke Arnold, Owen Brown, Will Darland, Emma Gist, Owen Hassell, Kassidee Jack, Jaci Knupp, Payton Miller, Jackson Siegfried, Kylie Small, and Marcus Smith. Named to the B Honor Roll were Logan Buford, Reese Cook, Dylan Dawson, Aden Drummond, Megan Frederick, Brooklynn Fuller, Kwyn Hamlin, Sabrina Heimer, Chris McKinney, Mason Mallett, Hayden McClain, Kennedy Middleton, Caiden Nichols, Kendall Small, Serina Vickers, and Anissa Yerhardt.

Named to the 3B A Honor Roll were: Bristol Alexander, Casidey Altobelli, Hannah Campbell, Grayson Chance, Vince Dale, Sadie Dilliner, Taylor Egenberger, Isaac Exner, Kevin Henn, Holly Mauck, Merit Miller, Katelynn Penn, Brenna Phillips, Ben Scott, Destynee Small, Layne Stott, Makyla Swearingen, and Beau Triplett. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Austin Curry, Ariana Edwards, Kennya Goldenstein, Abby Jones, Larkyn Justice, Kayden Miller, Rylee Starbuck, and Renee Tinkle.

Named to 4A A Honor Roll were: Emma Anders, Hugh Baker, Corbin Blessing, Emma Harvey, Taydem Morton, Kennady Sapp, and Hailey Small. Named to B Honor Roll were: Alice Darland, Logan Day, Mazy Dodge, Tristen Fuller, Elias Hatfield, Dillon Hayzlett, Tyson Hillyer, Clarence Koser, Chloe Krise, Janail Miller, Carlee Smith, and Matison Tinkle.

Named to the 4B A Honor Roll were: Kendal Anderson, Brooke Campbell, Madigan Frederick, Payton Frederick, Jadin Fuller, Hunter Holt, Makynlee Jack, Carson Miller, Hattie Mumford, Emma Tinkle, and Fawntana Wells. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Chason Campbell, Kyndra Cochran, Kallen Hamlin, Kaylee Hobbs, Ryan Hollon, Lathan McAfee, Charlotte McRobert, Breyonna Mitchell, Tori Peterson, and Tanner Vallee.

Named the 5A Honor Roll were: Bryn Aylward, Ethan Blessing, Sidney Brandon, Penelope Cline, Lucas Durflinger, Ethan Herring, Elsie Kigar, Iris Mishra, Hunnter Sapp, Quinton Shaffer, Lauren Triplett, and Julian Valle. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Anne Anderson, Aden Aldridge, Jayden Burgess, Layne Egenberger, Aaron McDaniel, Riley Small, Nancy Voitik, and Ian Wilson.

Named to the 5B Honor Roll were: Hanna Anders, Kina Billings, Lydia Davis, Abby Doster, Karli Hamilton, Jewley Kraus, Jackson McKee, Eric Mohr, Caelin Robinson, Sean Schroeder, Elizabeth Sevier, Justin Swearingen, and Owen Triplett. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Danielle Bass, Paige Bishop, Grady Dodge, Phillip Esser, and Tresa Huber.

Named to the 6A A Honor Roll were: Jared Cerroni, Abby Curry, Emiley Dial, Hannah Feeney, Brant Frederick, Alex Long, Haylee McMinn, and Corbyn Spurgeon. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Trayton Buckallew, Rylea Camp, Hunter Cook, Kale Creek, Cameron Hake, Kabe Hamlin, Destiny Lamb, Will Montgomery, Baileigh Phillips, Tamara Vaughn, and Alaynna Whitaker.

Named to the 6B A Honor Roll were: Zach Behrens, Sorrel Frederick, Caitlyn Johnson, Eli Kigar, Corbin Kirchner, Hayden Long, Kara Mallett, and Emily Terrill. Named to the B Honor Roll were: Jess Girardin, Shire Gross, Taryn Hassell, Vikke Huber, Aayla Humphrey, Mary Kellum, Lydia Krouse, Zane See, Shantel Small, Rose Whitley, and Zach Young.

Local Students Make C-SC Honor Rolls

CANTON, MO – Culver-Stockton College announced its President’s List for the spring 2016 semester. To be named to the President’s List, students must meet high academic standards established by Culver-Stockton.

Katie Watson, a Psychology major from Brashear, and Megan Creek, a Biology major from Memphis, both earned the honors.

C-SC also announced its Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must meet high academic standards established by Culver-Stockton.

Named to the list were: Brittany Thompson, a  Psychology major from Lancaster; Dakota Peterson, an Accountancy major from Luray; Delaney Gundy, 2017 Art Education major from Gorin; and Shelby Thompson, an Accountancy major from Lancaster.

C-SC announced its Honor Roll for the spring 2016 semester. To be named to the Honor Roll, students must meet high academic standards established by Culver-Stockton.

Named to the honor roll were: Ashley Watson, an Art major from Brashear; Taylor Huffman, an Elementary Education major from Edina; and Wyatt Kice, an Art Education major from Memphis.

Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Mo., is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15 week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

The C-SC Wildcats are members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Smith-Roberts Graduates

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Loren Smith-Roberts graduated from Truman State University on Saturday, May 7, 2016 with a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.  Spring Commencement ceremonies were held at Stokes Stadium on the Truman campus at 2:00 p.m.  Unfortunately, due to an afternoon rain, the ceremony only lasted about half an hour and in order to speed the process, the 1000 Truman State University students who were supposed to walk across the stage, were asked to stand up in their different fields to be recognized.  While at Truman State, Loren was a member of Delta Zeta social sorority, Kappa Delta Pi education honors fraternity, Order of Omega, and National Education Association.  She is a 2012 graduate of Scotland County R-1 and the daughter of Chuck and Audrey Roberts of Memphis and Terry Smith, Jr. of Granger.  She has accepted a teaching position at Grange Middle School in Fairfield, California where she will be teaching 6th grade.

Duley, Hunolt Graduate From NMSU

The Office of the Registrar and the Graduate School at Northwest Missouri State University have released the names of students who completed requirements for degrees at the conclusion of the 2016 spring trimester.

Andrew Michael Hunolt of Baring graduated  Cum Laude (cumulative GPA of 3.50 to 3.74) with a Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Management and Marketing.

Anna Appaline Duley of Memphis graduated Magna Cum Laude (cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 3.94) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation: Corp Rec/Wellness.

Duzan Graduates

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Elizabeth Grace McNeil Duzan, along with more than 200 other college graduates, walked across the stage to receive her degree at Mabee Sports Complex, Hannibal LaGrange University in Hannibal, MO, on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 a.m.¬† Prior to the ceremony, the graduates processed through the HLGU arch on the University’s traditional Walk of Honor, symbolizing the end of their schooling and their entrance into the world as college graduates.¬† Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science in Media Communication with a General Business Minor.¬† She graduated Summa Cum Laude.¬† While at Hannibal LaGrange University, Elizabeth was a member of the HLGU Softball team for two years, Student Newspaper and Student Magazine for three years each, Student News Network for one year and a Member of Alpha Chi Honor Society and Phi Beta Lambda.¬† She is a 2012 graduate of Scotland County R-1 and the daughter of Michael Duzan and Marie and Curtis Ebeling, all of Memphis.

Scotland County 4-H Council Monthly Meeting Held May 18th

The Scotland County 4-H Council held their monthly meeting on May 18, 2016 at the Memphis Court House at 6:00 p.m.

Under old business, discussion on enrollment forms was discussed.  These forms need to be submitted by June 6th and arm bands will be available to purchase when the forms are submitted. Fair season passes are currently on sale for non-exhibitors for $30, the price will go up after June 1st. Kids age 7 and under are free.

Pre-Fair clean up will be on June 25 starting at 9 am. There is a shooting sports event the same day from 10:00 a.m. ‚Äď 1:00 p.m.¬† Open Shows are scheduled for July 2nd.

Under new business, there was discussion about the Phillips family hosting a fishing derby with a number of different prizes. (The fishing derby was held May 21st at 2:00 with refreshments served).

Renee Blaine has offered to make a 4-H quilt for members to sell by selling raffle tickets at the Antique Fair. She will need thirty-two 4-H shirts by June 15th. Anyone willing to donate a 4-H shirt, including clubs shirts, state 4-H shooting sports shirts, local and other county fair shirts, and other shirts of that sort, whether it is a youth small or an adult extra large, can drop them off at the local Extension Office. Renee Blaine will use these shirts to make the 4-H quilt.

The July Council meeting, usually is followed by a meal and a swimming party, will be held on July 31st at the Memphis Legion Park. We hope to see you all out there!

Submitted by Jessica Huff (Council Reporter).

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