Category Archives: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Tom Horn Sign

Written on July 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm, by

During the past few years some of the Etna  friends have been keeping the church yard mowed and decorated. Some friends had also went together and purchased a Tom Horn sign for the corner near the road to his birthplace. The week of July 4th, possibly the night of the 7th, the sign was taken […]

Special Legislative Session to Remedy Issue of Abortion Sanctuary Cities

Written on June 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm, by

by Rep. Craig Redmon This week the House of Representatives is in Jefferson City, answering Governor Greitens’ call for a special session in response to some troubling events of the past few months. In April, a federal judge struck down years of regulations put in place to ensure abortion clinics met a certain standard of […]

Rural Hospital are a Lifeline

Written on June 20, 2017 at 10:19 pm, by

by U.S. Congressman Sam Graves Rural hospitals are a literal lifeline for tens of millions of people across this country. In communities that don’t have enough primary care doctors or health facilities, rural hospitals provide a critical, lifesaving service that otherwise would not be here for us. Unfortunately, about 80 rural hospitals have closed since […]


Written on June 20, 2017 at 2:09 pm, by

Dear Chris, I want to say thanks to the cast and crew for all of the hard work and great performances during Oklahoma! and for sharing their time and talents with our community. As always, it has been a privilege to work with this talented group of people – some veteran performers and others joining […]

Swim Team Concerns

Written on June 13, 2017 at 11:10 am, by

Chris, After the many years of the Memphis Swim Team providing more than one hundred children with the opportunity to learn stroke swimming along with the benefit of healthy exercise as well as the fun, wholesome entertainment and interaction with others it fosters, it saddens me that the City of Memphis and its pool manager […]

Cemetery Revitalization

Written on May 16, 2017 at 3:17 pm, by

I want to publicly applaud the efforts of Elaine Smith, Ronnie Tinkle, Jeff Smith, and the generous donor(s) who made the revitalization of the Bethel Cemetery possible! On behalf of all the Rodgers, Barr and Overfield descendants, we are so grateful for your hard work! Seeing Bethel the last time I was in Scotland County […]

Seeing the truth through the media bluster

Written on May 9, 2017 at 6:05 pm, by

Since it’s Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to thank Dane Riggenbach for teaching English and Drama and for coaching the winning Campus Bowl Team. From the comments I’ve read by students and parents, Mr. Riggenbach is a great teacher and a positive role model, challenging his students to be diligent and creative and to […]

Single-Payer System

Written on April 4, 2017 at 2:43 pm, by

Chris, here’s something I’d love to share with your readers.  It was written by a friend of mine with a bit lighter touch than I sometimes can manage. There ARE people who say I should’ve been born with a warning sign!  As some folks around here know, most of my life was spent as part […]

Do you know…

Written on March 28, 2017 at 5:58 pm, by

Do you know of the recent destruction and devastation by wild fires fanned by high winds in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado? Do you know that thousands of head of livestock were lost; not to mention homes, homesteads, equipment, winter pasture, hay, fences, lives, and yes, probably some minds?  This was total devastation. Do you […]

Team Hosts Salute SCR-I

Written on March 14, 2017 at 4:59 pm, by

Congratulations to the Scotland County Lady Tigers basketball team! As team hosts for the Missouri State High School Basketball Championships in Columbia, we had the opportunity to spend much time with the players, coaches, cheerleaders, administrators and fans from the Memphis community. These people were distinguished representatives of their community, and should be very proud of […]