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Monday, Sep. 1, 2014
If I Stay (08/30/14)
"If I Stay" is a pretty depressing teen romance about a young couple who love, lose, and one of them might die. It's based on one of those "YA" (Young Adult) books that are so hot as film projects right now. There's a temptation to compare it to "The Fault in Our Stars," another teen romance where the characters spent a lot of time on the brink of death. ...
Letter to the Editor (08/30/14)
Dear Editor: The generosity of people in our community is nothing short of remarkable. Over the past few weeks, millions of dollars has been raised for The ALS Association through the social media movement called the "ice bucket challenge." ALS -- sometimes known as Lou Gehrig's disease, has never before experienced this level of visibility across the nation...
Letter to the Editor (08/30/14)
To the Editor, As much as it hurts me to say this, it looks like our hometown Kennett, Missouri needs a couple more pennies in sales tax or some other tax income ASAP. The council is struggling to meet deficits we are having. I favor the sales tax because it seems to be the most fair because we pay according to what we're able to spend. ...
Living On Less (08/30/14)
The University of Missouri Extension has what often seems like an endless amount of educational materials and publications designed to help educate and improve the lives of Missourians. One such publication, titled "Living on Less", outlines over 80 ideas to help you spend less and still live well. ...
Good Grief (08/29/14)
In his first complaint against God, seventh century B.C. prophet Jeremiah asked the Lord, "Why does the way of the wicked prosper?" (Jeremiah 12) Jeremiah struggles to understand how a righteous God can tolerate the wicked and even allow them to prosper. One observer remarked that Jeremiah was like most of us twenty-first A.D. believers who often do not see the big picture of God's grace as He works in the world to bring His justice and salvation to His beloved people...
Manhood (08/29/14)
When boys today reach manhood tomorrow, what kind of men will they be? With so many boys growing up today without a father's presence, what ill effects will this have on their perception of manhood? Knowledge of what makes one a man and what doesn't make one a man is essential if one is to learn to respect himself as a man...
Emotions are contagious (08/23/14)
What is an airborne virus? Well, viruses spread in different ways. Most of the time you have to physically touch someone or something with the virus to pick it up and transfer it to you. However, some viruses are very clever and have developed advanced ways of spreading themselves around. ...
Q: What is the favorite subject for golf jokes? A: Fanaticism. (08/16/14)
True Story: A woman had just moved into a new town and was attending a church with which she was not familiar. The kindly minister was asking about the denominational background of herself, and her three children. When he got to the youngest boy he asked what church his father was raised in. The little boy answered, "My daddy is a golfist."...
Perspective on cotton yields (08/16/14)
This has been an interesting growing season for our southeast Missouri crops. While planting was delayed by cool, wet conditions, most of our crops are about two weeks later than normal. Having said that, August 15 is considered to be the last effective bloom date for cotton...
Dr. Jennifer's House Call: Side effects of medicines (08/16/14)
One frustrating part of a doctor's job is a patient that doesn't take their medicine. This isn't because the patient isn't doing what we told them to do. It's not about a power trip for us. Well, it isn't for me, anyway. Instead, it's knowing that the patient isn't getting better despite a safe, recommended solution...
Schooled (08/15/14)
In the town in which I live, it is back to school today for teens, kiddos, and their younger siblings, the kidlets (the latter term borrowed from a friend). Some of them may love to learn but they don't have a choice where they go, when they go, or what classes to take and rules to follow. No, their choices are limited to the level of scholastic effort put forth, clothes, and who will not be their friends...
Planning The Marriage (08/15/14)
Do you think people plan their marriage like they do their wedding? I'm afraid there is a sad lack of planning for marriage today. Most weddings are well planned productions. Weddings are planned down to the smallest of details. But has any thought been given to married life after the honeymoon? Oftentimes not! It is God's intention for marriage between a man and a woman to be for life. ...
Letter to the Editor (08/11/14)
To the Editor: As the end of summer approaches and the beginning of the school year nears, I would like to take this opportunity to provide important information to the patrons of our District regarding the financial outlook for the 2014-2015 year and the upcoming "Tax Rate Hearing" (scheduled for Tuesday, August 19th @ 5:15 pm)...
Letter to the Editor (08/11/14)
Dear Editor: This week marks the 15th Annual National Farmers' Market Week, where we celebrate the abundance of summer and the farmers and ranchers who make it possible. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has identified strengthening local food systems as one of the four pillars of rural economic development. ...
Selling your home yourself? (08/11/14)
I recently received a telephone call from a citizen in Dunklin County about selling their home. I was asked how someone would sell their home without hiring a real estate agent and if I thought it was worth the time and trouble. I informed the person that it is difficult to sell your home without the assistance of a real estate agent, but many people do so every day. ...
Dr. Jennifer's House Call: Bell's Palsy (08/11/14)
Affecting about 40,000 people in the U.S. per year, Bell's Palsy can be a scary and frustrating condition. Named after the Scottish surgeon, Sir Charles Bell, who first described the reason for the condition, Bell's Palsy was actually documented in medical literature as early as 900 AD by the Persian physician, Rhazes...
The Foul and the Fair (08/08/14)
Last month, a group of children were packing up their crafts, Bible story art work, etc. to prepare to go home at the end of the last day of Vacation Bible School. Some kiddos were crying and others were lamenting that it had ended. The children could tell that they had been loved. ...
Truth Versus Error (08/08/14)
When I speak to people about truth versus error and true religion versus false religion, I find that the majority of individuals do not think in these biblical terms. Yet, John the apostle spoke of the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:6) Most people, whether religious or non-religious, have a difficult time accepting the fact that anything "religious" could be false and in error. ...