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All for the price of a stamp…

All for the price of a stamp… Since our country was founded, the U.S. Postal Service has connected friends, families, neighbors and businesses by mail. Our original mandate called for an institution that would provide universal service to all Americans. That mandate is just as important to this nation today as it was over 240 […]

Home Runs and Errors

by Davis M. Burrus Yankee Stadium: June 3rd 1937 The legendary Josh Gibson is at the plate.  The fans suddenly hear the loud crack of the bat!  The ball just keeps going!  They are astonished to watch the ball soar 580 feet, to hit within two feet of the top of the façade at Yankee […]

Disgruntled natural gas customer

I want to thank Connie Rohrbah for her very informative letter to the editor recently, otherwise I would never had known about this 25% tax hike the natural gas company has extracted from me in the last year.  Also, I would not have known that the fat cats who are sitting on the Public Service […]

Inspirations

Choose this day whom ye will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15   Many years ago Joshua spoke these words to the Israelites when they had strayed away from God and were serving idols. Where are we today? Will we allow things and busyness to be […]

School Board

Dear Mr. Editor: January 25th through the 29th is School Board Recognition Week in Missouri. With this in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the seven current members of the Scotland County R-I School Board for their dedication to our school district. It is a difficult job and comes with many […]

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

URGENT! — SITED IN MEMPHIS MO VICINITY — BULLIED, JACKASS KICKED, SKUNKBIT, SOCIALIST HYENA! — SERIOUSLY PISSED — POSSIBLE CAUSE: RECENT ELECTION RESULTS — BE ON THE LOOKOUT — DANGEROUS & MEAN! — CAN BE OBSERVED CONTINUOUSLY SPITTING INTO THE WIND! — IF SPOTTED, APPROACH WITH CAUTION — Signed: ‘Public Servant’ Davis M. Burrus

True Satire

Dear Chris, Regarding your statement a few weeks ago about hoping nobody tries to burn down the restaurant, rest assured that you may call me for the bucket brigade if they do. As to your frequent correspondent who fancies himself a satirist, let me assure you most people are NOT too intellectually challenged to recognize […]

Now It’s Time to Focus on Growing the Economy

Now It’s Time to Focus on Growing the Economy

By Lee H. Hamilton Recent economic news has been broadly reassuring. Retail sales are strong, November saw the best job gains in three years, the federal deficit is shrinking, the stock market is robust, and the Fed is expressing enough faith in the economy that an interest rate bump next year is considered a certainty. […]

Pulling the Princes From Their Thrones

Well, folks, I missed the actual Christmas deadline for this contribution, but I still want to share something found on one of my favorite websites, crooksandliars.com.  As you might imagine, they go hard after the underbelly of public life.  The first four paragraphs are copied verbatim as allowed, and in italics; the following paragraphs represent […]

Utility Rates

I am writing in response to the recent articles in the Memphis Democrat regarding Liberty Utilities natural gas rate increases.  A few weeks ago we read about an 11% rate increase, effective December 1, 2014.  Doesn’t sound that bad, does it?  What Liberty wants its natural gas users to forget is that exactly twelve months […]

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