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“EPA grabs for dry land” by Don Parrish

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand the scope of “navigable waters” subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction was drafted, according to the agency, to reduce uncertainty. And that it does. It’s very clear the proposed rule is designed to allow the federal government to regulate every place water flows when it rains, including small and remote “waters” and ephemeral drains and ditches. We all know that water flows downhill

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  • Unfortunate situation taking place in Ferguson, Mo.

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 5:22 am

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    This past week, a Ferguson, Mo. teenager was shot and killed by an officer there. The problem is not only did a young man lose his life, there was no nearby camera that caught the incident on video. It’s the classic case of “he said, she said.” One supposed eyewitness says that teenager Michael Brown was surrendering with his hands in the air to show he was unarmed when an

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  • Sometimes it’s just good to get away with family for vacation

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    I was extremely thankful for the opportunity God blessed my family with last week to get away for a few days on a vacation in beautiful southwest Missouri. It never gets old driving through the Ozark mountains between Springfield, Mo. and Branson, Mo. I’m thankful God blessed us with just enough dollars to be able to make this trip. As many of you know, getting away has a price tag

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  • Alarming number of illegal immigrant children reported in U.S.

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Recently, thousands of illegal immigrant children have crossed the Texas border into the U.S. and there have been stories nationwide as to where they might end up. While it’s still uncertain how this situation will be addressed, this is only one of many cases that have already occurred like it since January 1, 2014 that many U.S. citizens haven’t heard about. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Dear Editor, Initially, I was concerned about the increased utility deposit amounts. That was until I read about the $33,000 deficit in 2013. That money could be better spent on other needs. On a social level, I have contemplated the different circumstances that citizens live and always come back to the idea of accountability. All citizens have an adult responsibility to every other citizen to promptly pay their utility bills.

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  • A strange situation took place at a hospital in Springfield, Mo.

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    A few weeks back, I reminded readers that they should be on alert when taking their children to hospitals in lieu of the Justina Pelletier case, where she was removed from her family’s care for more than a year. This came after a bad diagnosis and her parents became irate with what was going on. Their actions, along with a diagnosis of a mental condition, led to Justina being pulled

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  • Census Bureau provides troubling statistics for young women

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    The U.S. Census Bureau released troubling statistics recently in regards to first-time mothers in our country. According to a report titled “Fertility of Women in the United States: 2012,” the percentage of young first-time mothers who are married is dropping. In the early 1990s, reportedly a little more than half of all first births by mothers younger than 23 occurred in marriage. Since 2005, 38% of mothers younger than 23

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