Q: Is air travel truly safer than driving a car? A: The statistics say yes, but there were some celebrities who might argue the issue. There is a lovely lady in Kennett who recently posted on facebook that her mother was a personal friend of Audie Murphy. ...
Balancing finding homes for needy pets, and providing good animal control service
You may be aware that there are some upsets and disagreements over the handling of our city's animal control department. This is a complex issue, and I fear that it is being oversimplified in a polarizing way. When people of good will seem to be at odds, there is usually some failure to communicate...
The Advent of Hope
Some of you may remember from high school reading the poetry of twentieth-century poet and writer Dorothy Parker. She admitted that much of her poems were autobiographical and she is perhaps remembered more for her observational quips, such as "If you wear a short enough skirt, the party will come to you." She was no prude, for sure, but an alcoholic who often wrote of suicide, ending one of her poems with, "...so I'm thinking of throwing the battle/would you kindly direct me to hell?"...
Soon it will be "Thanksgiving Day". It is a day that has been set aside in our country in which to give thanks. The Pilgrims celebrated their survival in the new land by having a feast in which they gave thanks. Who is it that should be thanked? "Thanks" is to be given or directed to God. ...
The Answer Man
Q: Was there ever a bell in the old courthouse in Kennett? A: The answer will have to come from more informed people. There is a respected fellow in the city of Kennett who thinks that there was a bell in the old court house that disappeared when that courthouse burned down. ...
Time for Talk
Nov. 17-21, 2014 New Wave Cable Channel 2 7:00 PM Mon. Nov.17 - HEZZIE HIGHFILL - Long Time Senath Resident (#1) This is the first of four interviews in 2000 with Hezzie Highfill, now deceased, long time resident of Senath. At the time of this interview he was 85 years old. ...
The Victorious Lamb
My phone has partially-eaten apple on the back of it. I don't know if the manufacturer was making a theological smarty-pants comment with that symbol or not. Whenever I look at the icon, it does remind me of my condition--a sinner because of The Fall of so long ago. I've been looking for a crucifix to stick below that bitten apple to also remind me of Christ's victory over all sin, and how He has saved us. But I did find a small sticker that will work just as well: a sheep...
Our Greatest Asset
Daniel was appointed one of three presidents over the 120 princes by Darius, King of the Medes and Persians. (Daniel 6:1) Daniel's enemies plotted his overthrow with these words, "... We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God." (Daniel 6:5) Daniel's faith in God caused him to be exemplary in his conduct toward all men, and in his service to Darius the King. ...
Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: Think back upon your school days and your favorite teachers. What made those teachers so special to you? I'm willing to bet it wasn't because those teachers helped you do well on a state-mandated standardized test. Am I right? The fact is that there are many types of teachers: funny, nurturing, tremendous instructors, and role models to name a few. ...
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor, I would like to encourage Missouri Voters to respond to a call by educators in our great state to Vote NO on Amendment 3 in the upcoming election on November 4. Amendment 3 is a one-size-fits-all approach that treats our students like numbers and prevents teachers from treating them like individuals. ...
Movie Review: "Ouija"
Here it is: the official scary movie of Halloween 2014. I have to say I'm disappointed. This is a pretty unoriginal slog through murky spiritual territory. The ghosts featured are relatively unconvincing, but I can see being startled by the occasional loud noises. ...
Planning for the "What If" -- Tools for protecting your family
I once read a Peanuts cartoon in which Linus informs Charlie Brown that "worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening, it only stops you from enjoying the good." We live in an uncertain world filled with "what if's." What if I lose my job? What if I become disabled or die? These are questions we all worry about and certainly something we would prevent if possible. ...