Category Archives: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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 […]

Congrats Lady Tigers

Written on March 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm, by

It was a little more than a year ago that the Scotland County girls’ basketball team made the long bus trip back to Memphis after a heartbreaking two-point  loss to New Franklin in the Class 2 quarterfinal game at Moberly Area Community College. This time around the road back to the state tournament started with […]

REAL ID, Really Bad Idea

Written on March 14, 2017 at 1:52 pm, by

The consternation over Missouri driver’s licenses and compatibility with the Federal REAL ID standard is greatly misplaced, particularly in light of the massive data breach at the CIA last week. Chicken Little types are worried the sky will fall – or rather, they won’t be allowed to fly through the sky – unless Missouri reverses […]

Bridging partisanship for climate change

Written on February 14, 2017 at 2:56 pm, by

Dear Editor, As the national news continues to highlight deep divisions in our country, I am encouraged by two recent events that actually highlight the bridging of partisanship around the topic of climate change. First, a group of highly respected “elder statesmen” of the Republican Party has put out a position paper entitled “The Conservative […]

“Common Place and Miraculous”

Written on February 10, 2017 at 10:58 am, by

by  Joshua Lee Tague Thursday the 20th of January people around the country and across the world tuned in to witness the 58th inauguration of the President of the United Sates, Donald J. Trump. Inaugurations have been held successfully and peacefully every four years since 1789 and remains “one of democracies core attributes” according to […]

Not Shutting Up

Written on January 24, 2017 at 9:28 pm, by

A Crook, a Perv, and a Manchurian Candidate walk into a bar….. And the bartender asks, “What’ll it be, Mr. Trump? Well, I laughed anyway. Most of all I wanted to thank area residents who’ve been so kind and supportive to me about my last LTE, because so many reacted quite differently, as was to […]

A Beautiful Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Written on January 24, 2017 at 9:17 pm, by

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a letter to the editor of this publication. I’m doing it now as a plea for help, or at least for some advice.  My polling service (Polled Shorthorn Opinions) estimates that I have some 15 to 17 loyal readers of my letters to the editor.  This includes myself and […]

Rural Roads

Written on January 24, 2017 at 1:46 pm, by

Dear Editor, As we go in to 2017, a new administration, new Missouri elected officials, and the last terms for Craig Redmon, and Brian Munzlinger in their current offices, let us be reminded of some things that need attention here in rural Missouri. First on my list is our rural roads.  Our blacktops or letter […]