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County out of compliance with 911 board state statute

First of all, let me say, I hold no malice toward any of the three newly appointed 911 board members. I do hold great esteem, however, for the three 911…

An open letter: to serve the public, keep public notices in newspapers

The Honorable Doug Libla 201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 226 Jefferson City, MO 65101 Dear Sen. Libla: First of all, you have my gratitude for sponsoring and championing 2016 legislation…

Bishop responds to budget matters

Editor: I would like to give my opinion on the 2017 budget and working together. As most of you know I am new at this job. I am not trying…

When you least expect it – squirrel attacks

By Jason Offutt, syndicated columnist to the Richmond News There’s a danger in this country more volatile than car jackers, the flesh-eating virus and Donald Trump’s hair. That’s right, squirrels.…

Things are weird … I must be at the airport

My adult daughter texted me when I was about an hour from the airport. “Flight delayed. Ugh.” Communication technology has improved vastly since I was her age. Back then, someone…

Richmond City Administrator admired; will be hard to replace

Dear Editor: I recently read that Ron Brohammer is going to retire.  I know Ron and can assure you he will be hard to replace.  I would ask the council…

A quest for the perfect ice cube tray

It’s hard to find good ice cube trays anymore. Now that I’m past 50, I find myself saying things like this, things no 23-year-old would ever say. I also complain…

‘It’s All We Have’

Student essay on the meaning of Christmas Orrick Elementary Assistant Principal Heather Wrisinger-Pugh submitted this student essay from Orrick sixth-grader Dakota Becker. She said she was taken aback by the…

Electoral College protects rural voters

I am appalled at the suggestion by a loud minority that the Electoral College be abolished. I did not vote for Donald Trump in the presidential election. However, I think…

Twitter is making me famous, or not. I’ll go with not.

I’ve been on Twitter since 2012. I didn’t say I’ve “used” Twitter because, frankly, over the past four years I haven’t determined its use. If you’re not familiar with Twitter,…

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