October 28, 2010

Senate, House Hopefuls Square Off at Schuyler County Candidate Forum

The two candidates for the 18th Senatorial District took advantage of one final area candidate forum to establish firm differences in their platforms while the two First District Representative hopefuls continued to propose similar actions if they are sent to Jefferson City.

Approximately 100 people gathered in Queen City on Monday evening at the Schuyler County School at a forum sponsored by Western's Smokehouse, the Schuyler County Times and the Memphis Democrat newspapers.

Schuyler County Times publisher Herb Austin along with Schuyler County judge-elect Kelly Lovekamp moderated a series of submitted questions for senate candidates Wes Shoemyer D-Clarence and Brian Munzlinger, R-Lewistown as well as first district representative candidates Keri Cottrell, D-Canton and Craig Redmon, R-Monticello.

The senate candidates quickly distanced themselves from each other on a number of the questions.

When asked about the dollar value modifier used for public school funding, Shoemyer pointed the finger at a change in the funding formula that was built by the former 18th District Senator Joe Maxwell that targeted equity to the new formula authored by Republican Charlie Shields that instead provides adequacy.

"Those are both two verbs, but they have totally different meanings," he told the audience.

Munzlinger agreed that the dollar value modifier is bad for the district, adding that he co-sponsored a bill to change the modifier. But he added House Bill 21-66 never could get the votes needed.

"If you take the five county geographical area of the First District and overlay it over St. Louis, you have somewhere between 53 to 57 house districts compared to our one," Munzlinger said arguing that the dollar value modifier is a rural versus urban issue not a partisan problem.

He added that one way to help rural schools with funding would be to do away with prevailing wage requirements for education-related capital improvements projects.

"That would allow school districts to save 20% to 22% on costs of building projects that could be spent on education instead," Munzlinger argued.

Shoemyer voiced his opposition to that solution.

"You propose to take the funds from the backs of the hard working people that put in the plumbing and fix the fixtures," he said. "One of the reasons I'm a Democrat is because I will always stand up for working folks every single day."

The two candidates took opposing viewpoints on the question of tort reform.

Munzlinger said tort reform is necessary to lower healthcare costs, pointing the finger at liberal trial attorneys that are driving up the cost of malpractice insurance. He added that the end result is fewer physicians in rural areas as they are forced to go to larger communities to receive umbrella liability coverage only available at big hospitals.

Shoemyer noted that the state created its own malpractice insurance provider back in 2005 to help doctors find affordable coverage, funding the plan with $6 million in an effort to take insurance companies out of the equation.

He added that tort reform is not the total answer to the health care crisis.

"Before you say all torts need to be eliminated, remember that one of the only places the common man is on the same footing as a big corporation is in the courtroom," Shoemyer said. "We need to think twice before we eliminate that right."

The two candidates also took opposing views on the voter-approved Proposition C that opposed the federal health care plans insurance mandates.

Shoemyer stressed that he voted to allow Missourians to cast their vote on the referendum despite political advertising to the contrary.

Munzlinger pointed out that while Senator Shoemyer may have voted for the issue on the floor, he did so after voting against it in committee and then voted against it at the ballot box.

He noted that Prop C was Missourian's way of telling the federal government to "stop ramming things down our throat."

"When the elected stop listening to what the people want, we are in a sorry shape here in the United States," Munzlinger said.

Shoemyer explained his position on Prop C by looking back to the 2005 Medicaid cuts.

"We sent hundreds of thousands of people off the line and today Missouri has over 700,000 uninsured individuals," Shoemyer said.

He asked what hospitals are going to do, because they are required to offer universal coverage, regardless of whether the patient has health insurance.

"So what are hospitals to do?" Shoemyer asked. "They find you or I who have insurance, those of us who are responsible. So what do they do, they jack our bills up. Then what happens? Insurance companies do actuaries, and what do they do - they jack our bills up."

He went on to highlight that Missouri's insurance rates are going up faster than any contiguous state.

"Those cuts were cuts that cost each and every one of us," Shoemyer said. He pointed out that for every dollar cut from Medicaid, it cost the state two dollars in federal money. "And for every dollar that was cut from CHIPS, which is children's insurance, we left three dollars in D.C., and left children uninsured."

Shoemyer pointed out that the one thing the federal health care plan mandates is that everyone will have insurance, which he explained is good because it saves money in the long run for people to be able to pursue preventive care from the doctor as opposed to emergency room care.

"This is a huge problem and yeah we don't like government getting in the way, but you think of who is in the way - insurance companies. The only way they make their money is if they deny or you die."

Another area of differing opinions came to light when a question was asked regarding enhanced 911 services for the region.

Shoemyer pointed out that Missouri is the only state that doesn't tax cellular phone service to fund E911 services. He noted that 95% of Missourians have cellular phones. "If we tax them one thin dime a month, that generates $7.2 million a year."

The senator explained this would not be a new tax, but would simply be replacing lost tax revenue from land lines that are being discontinued and replaced by cellular phones.

Munzlinger countered that it is not the time for new taxes, adding that while a dime might not sound so bad, "I've never seen a tax stop at that."

He instead noted the four counties lacking E911 service could have implemented the system four years ago when he visited with the county officials with a grant proposal in hand to help fund the mapping and service costs. None of the local governments chose to pursue the service.

Local control is a hot topic in northeast Missouri counties and the two candidates shared differing opinions on the subject.

Munzlinger highlighted the need to find technological advances to help battle odor issues related with livestock, an underlying factor in calls for greater limitations on CAFOs.

Shoemyer championed himself as the candidate that fought for local control, pointing the finger at Munzlinger as the candidate that voted to end it at the urging of Cargill and 17 other farm organizations.

HOUSE CANDIDATES

The house candidates offered far fewer fireworks, agreeing that the best solution for the E911 issue might be through the use of regional call centers and centralized dispatching to consolidate the costs.

Both Cottrell and Redmon spoke out in favor of local control. Cottrell noted that eliminating it only benefits corporate farmers while Redmon noted that local control is also very important for counties to be able to make zoning changes and other moves to promote economic development.

The two candidates also agreed that education funding cannot continue to be cut and the dollar value modifier needs to be repealed.

When questioned about Missouri's Prop C, Redmon said the state should not be forced to buy insurance and that the bill does not appear to be lowering costs as promised, pointing out price hike announcements in 2011 by Blue Cross and by Boeing for its employees benefits as well as the announcement that Principal will no longer offer health insurance coverage beginning in 2011.

Cottrell said she was initially excited about "Obamacare" and the opportunities it pledged to provide to increase access to healthcare.

However she noted that further investigation revealed that it is creating some obstacles to the promised access that have caused her some concerns.

Redmon Report

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by Fourth district Missouri State Representative Craig Redmon

Greetings from the Capitol,

 We have nearly reached the end of session and are working harder than ever to sure up the loose ends this session. Below I have an update on progress I have made with my own bills, but first I want to mention some progress made on one of my colleague’s bills.

Representative Bernskoetter’s HB 2057 (Concealed Carry Permit) was Third Read and Passed on the House Floor this Monday. It has now been First and Second Read in the Senate and was referred to the Senate Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety.

This bill will strengthen our 2nd amendment right. In particular it limits the total dollar amount a person can be charged through any number of fees required to purchase a concealed carry permit to $100. No additional fee can be charged for finger printing, background checks, or anything else besides the permit itself. It also expands the right to use deadly force on private property. It specifies that guests on a private property, with the authority of the property owner can use deadly force in specified instances. I think this bill will help expand the peoples access to the 2nd amendment and I am in strong support of these changes to our laws.

(For more info http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB2057&year=2016&code=R)

 Update on my bills

 HB 1448- Changes the laws regarding sales and use tax exemptions for utilities used or consumed in the preparation of food. This Monday HB 1448 was taken up on the House Floor for Third Reading. It was passed 108 Ayes to 44 Noes. It was then reported to the Senate and First Read. On Thursday the Senate Second Read and Referred HB 1448 to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. A Public Hearing has now been scheduled for this Tuesday, the 3rd, at 12:00 in Senate Hearing Room 1.

To learn more about my bills go to my Bills Sponsored Page at http://house.mo.gov/billreport.aspx?select=xSponsorDistrict:004&sortoptions=xsponsor&year=2016&code=R. There you can find the bill summaries, full text, reports from hearings and past actions and amendments.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to me by email at Craig.Redmon@house.mo.gov or phone by calling 573-751-3644.

Have a great weekend,

Craig

Candidates Sought for 2016 Scotland County Fair Queen Contest

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The Scotland County Fair Board is now seeking candidates for the 2016 Scotland County Fair Queen contest.

Young women from Scotland, Knox, and Schuyler counties between the ages of 17 and 24 are eligible to enter. The coronation will be held on July 11th at the Scotland County Fairgrounds at Memphis and the winner will be able to represent Scotland County at the 2016 Missouri State Fair.

Several events are being planned for the candidates which includes a trip to the Miss Missouri pageant in Mexico, MO.  A meeting will be held on June 1 at the Scotland County Fairgrounds for anyone interested in being a candidate.

For more information, please call 660-341-8558.

Brandon Alexander Honored in Missouri Times 30 Under 30 Feature

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A Scotland County graduate’s work in the Missouri political arena recently was recognized by one of the industry’s leading publications.

The Missouri Times named Brandon Alexander as part of the 2016 30 Under 30 feature, which recognizes 30 rising young stars in Missouri politics.

Alexander, who graduated from Northwest Missouri State University following his days at SCR-I, went on to complete an internship in the Missouri Senate before working for Representative Tony Dugger. Last year he took the position of digital campaign manager with Victory Enterprises, a comprehensive political and corporate consulting and communications firm based in Davenport, IA, with satellite offices in St. Louis, MO, and Springfield, IL.

The Missouri Times listed Alexander as one of the state’s up-and-coming political movers stating

“Alexander previously worked in the House, meeting and impressing the large Republican caucus. Now he puts those relationships and knowledge to use managing digital campaigns alongside Joe Lakin with Victory Enterprises. Next time you see a dramatic improvement in a Republican’s social media presence, chances are Alexander just picked up a new client.”

Juror Appreciation Week Thanks More Than 69,000 Missourians Who Reported for Jury Duty

Judges, lawyers and court clerks thank the 69,098 Missourians who reported for jury duty in state courts in 2016 as part of Missouri’s Juror Appreciation Week held May 1 through May 7, 2016. During the week, court staff and legal professionals will emphasize to jurors how important their contributions are to the courts, their communities and our legal system.

Missouri Bar President Erik Bergmanis said it is important to remember the right to trial by a jury is one of the fundamental guarantees included in the Bill of Rights.

“We thank the more than 69,000 Missourians who reported to jury duty last year,” Bergmanis said. “We understand jury duty can be inconvenient, but the right to a jury trial is fundamental to our liberty and democracy. That’s why we commend the thousands of Missouri citizens who reported to serve on a jury.”

More than 50 courthouses throughout the state will observe the week in different ways. Many will display a Missouri Bar poster that thanks jurors for doing their part. Judges also may take additional time to thank jurors and to acknowledge the significance of their service.

This year’s poster features the phrase “the jury is the heart of the American justice system,” echoing words from Founding Father and second president of the United States, John Adams, who in 1774 stated “representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty.”

Missouri is one of only a few states that hold a statewide Juror Appreciation Week. The observance began in 2000 by an order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, which states, “Each year thousands of Missourians perform one of the most significant civic duties granted to citizens — they serve as fair and impartial jurors in communities throughout the state. To honor those citizens who have performed their civic duty, all Missouri courts are directed to observe Juror Appreciation Week…”

Visit the event webpage to learn more about Juror Appreciation Week, watch a video on the importance of jurors, or take a quiz to test your knowledge on jury service.

The Missouri Bar is a statewide organization that is dedicated to improving the legal profession, the law and the administration of justice for all Missourians. Created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, it serves all 30,000 of Missouri’s practicing lawyers. The Missouri Bar provides a wide range of services and resources to its members, as well as the media, educators and the citizens of Missouri. To learn more about The Missouri Bar, visit www.mobar.org and www.MissouriLawyersHelp.org.

Bible Grove Bar B Saddle Club Meets

The Bar B Saddle Club had their monthly meeting on April 27 at the club building. They will be holding a poker ride for horses and ATV’s this Saturday, May 7th starting at the club house with sign up starting at noon and the ride starting at 1:00 p.m. Entry fee is $5.00 per hand with a carry-in wiener roast following. All are welcome to attend!

Final preparations were made for the poker ride and wiener roast at the meeting. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the club house. Come on out to their event and support the newly formed saddle club.

Music Department Hosting Used Instrument Drive

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That trumpet in the attic was made to make music. The guitar case in the garage is collecting dust instead of being played by the next great musician.

If you have any good used, or easily repairable musical instruments would you consider putting them back to work? The Scotland County R-I Band is hosting a used instrument drive to find more pieces to put in the hands of youth wanting to learn how to make music.

“This is an excellent way for donors to ensure that their unused instruments find a new home in the hands of promising young students who are unable to afford or obtain a suitable instrument of their own,” said SCR-I band booster Ellen Aylward. Of course, cash donations will also be accepted to help offset the costs of repairs and refitting these instruments for future use.”

A starter trumpet can cost several hundred dollars, with violins, guitars and drum sets being even more expensive.

Donors to the SCR-I instrument drive will receive a receipt for fair market value for the music item, making the donation tax deductible.

For more information contact SCR-I music director Nathaniel Orr at 660-216-5426 or the SCR-I High School at 465-8907.

Sheriff’s Office to Join Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown

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The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign is joining the National Crackdown in an effort to reduce drunk driving fatalities.  The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign will target substance-impaired drivers.

Local and state law enforcement will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide May/Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ substance-impaired driving crackdown.  The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Scotland County, will run from May 5-16, 2016.

The effective nationwide substance-impaired driving crackdown will also include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance-impaired driving during the enforcement period.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive impaired (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or other illegal drugs. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.

“Every year, about one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Chief Deputy Bryan Whitney. “In 2015, 178 people were killed and 605 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.” That works out to approximately one substance-impaired driver involved fatality every two days.

Whitney added the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is particularly dangerous. During the Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign May 1-12, 2015, four people were killed and eighteen seriously injured involving at least one substance-impaired driver that was under 21 years of age.

Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces substance-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Scotland County’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday,” said Whitney.

“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses,” Whitney said.

He also noted that being arrested for driving under the influence of any substance brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Substance—impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of their job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

“Driving while impaired is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” said Whitney.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, May 5 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, May 6 – Muffin for Mom, Muffins, Choice of Cereal, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Monday, May 9 – Donuts, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 10 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 11 – Breakfast Pizza, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk.

Thursday, May 12 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, May 5 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Quesadillas, Hamburger Bar, Buttered Corn, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, May 6 – Sack Lunch

Monday, May 9 – Hot Dog/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Scalloped Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, May 10 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Tenderloin/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, May 11 – Chicken and Noodles, Sliced Ham, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, May 12 – Corn Dog, Chicken Fajitas, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Help Us Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

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by SCR-I Superintendent Ryan Bergeson

On teacher appreciation week, we would like to take time to thank the teachers and faculty members at the Scotland County R-1 School District for their dedication and commitment to our students.  To quote the great Todd Whitaker “it is people and not programs that make the biggest difference.”  Great teachers make great public schools and the Scotland County R-1 School District is fortunate to have so many great teachers. faculty and coaches leading our youth.   Teacher Appreciation Week is recognized Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6 this week at the Scotland County R-1 School District and we encourage you to thank a teacher this week that has made a positive impact on your life.

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
John F. Kennedy

ANNA GENEVA PARRISH (10/5/1928 – 5/1/2016)

Anna Geneva Parrish, age 87, of Montevallo, MO, passed away May 1, 2016 at Cedar County Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

She was born October 5, 1928, to Arthur and Eunice Egbert in Gorin, MO. She attended and graduated from Gorin School in 1947. Anna was a member of Gorin Methodist Church since her childhood.

After graduation she worked at National Fidelity Life Insurance in Kansas City, MO where she met many life-long friends, including her future sister-in-law, Madelene Parrish, who introduced her to her husband, Cap.

They married November 18, 1961 in Kansas City, MO. At that time Anna began her life-long career of being a homemaker and farm wife. She enjoyed raising chickens, working in the garden and attending to her flowers. After the tornado in 2006, Anna and Cap still remained on the farm in their new home.

On July 10, 1963, her son, Jeff, was born. The biggest joy of her life came in September 9, 2002 when her grandson Cameron Albert Parrish (Little Cap) was born. She enjoyed helping Cameron with all of his activities and getting his chickens ready for the fair. Even after Cap’s death, she enjoyed going with her son Jeff and grandson, Cameron to toy tractor shows.

Anna was a very loving and caring person. She enjoyed special occasions at Chicken Annies which was her favorite place to eat. She was looking forward to going there on Mother’s Day.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Cap Parrish; her parents, Arthur and Eunice Egbert; one son, Larry; one brother, Arthur Parrish; nephews, Kevin Parrish and Gray Calvin, her in-laws, Grace and Albert Parrish.

Anna is survived by one son, Jeff Parrish of Montevallo, MO; grandchildren, Cameron and Kelsey; two sisters-in-law, Madelene Parrish and Virginia Egbert; and a niece, Kim Calvin.

Funeral services are being held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Sheldon Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs, MO.  Interment will be in the Virgil City Cemetery, Virgil City, MO.

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