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Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

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Thankfully, this column will fill in some of the blank space
Thankfully, this column will fill in some of the blanks on this page Someone asked me the other day if I ever have trouble coming up with ideas for my next column. The plain and simple answer is yes. I told this inquisitive person: "That's when you read about Missy Kitty."...
Why were the experts ignored?
The release of the report on CIA interrogation methods by Senate Democrats has prompted accusations and denials of the use of torture against detainees. In searching for the truth, it helps to define torture and determine why the interrogation methods were used...
Oil and the global economy: When down is up
Oil and the global economy: When down is up The rapid decline in crude oil prices -- more than 40 percent over the last few months -- and the corresponding drop in what customers pay for gasoline and other fuels is an unmitigated good for the overall U.S. economy...
Cape's year in review
This year has been a very productive one for the City of Cape Girardeau. I want to focus on the future during these comments but will highlight a few accomplishments of 2014. An initiative that will have a major effect on the future of Cape Girardeau is the agreement to extend the Hotel/Restaurant tax into the 2030s. ...
Blackbirds clearing the trees
During autumn in Southeast Missouri, large flocks of blackbirds often can be seen crossing the sky in long lines. Sometimes these lines can reach from horizon to horizon. Although the family of blackbirds includes some birds such as meadow larks and crows, these large flocks usually are made up of those that are black in color and similar in size such as the red-winged blackbird and the rusty blackbird...
Another of life's mysteries is solved by watching live TV
Another of life's mysteries is easily solved by watching live TV Because of a scheduling situation in our household, my wife and I watched the live broadcast of the evening news on CBS Monday night. As a result, we now know why medications -- prescriptions and over-the-counter -- are so expensive...
Military force changes
On Dec 6, Army Gen. Charles Jacoby stepped down as head of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. As quoted in the Colorado Springs, Colorado, newspaper The Gazette, his farewell speech included the following statements:...
Clinton's words show naivete
Hillary Clinton has a problem. But this time the problem is not her husband, it's her mouth. The would-be presidential candidate told a Georgetown University audience recently that America should show respect for our enemies and "empathize with their perspective and point of view."...
The truth about trees of the Christmas variety
"The week after Thanksgiving." That was my mother's standard reply to my post-Halloween nagging. In my young mind, the first week of November was none too early to find the best living-room size cedar tree, which would be decorated for Christmas. "The week after Thanksgiving. That's when we'll go look for a tree," my mother would announce, using a tone of voice that needed no interpretation. The subject was closed until the turkey was eaten...
Learning from Ferguson
As a society, it's essential to our nation's future that we learn lessons from the criminal upheaval in Ferguson last week. It's a sad but safe bet that there will be other Fergusons in other locations. And by learning lessons this time around, hopefully we can avoid the chaos and destruction that has left our neighbor to the north in shambles...
O say can you sing 'O Canada!'
Let's be clear: I can be a pretty emotional guy at times. Whenever I see a bride going down the aisle at her wedding, I get teary-eyed. When I hear an infant cry, I get bothered -- in my book, holding a crying baby is why God gave us two arms instead of four ears. ...
2016 presidential contest
Hillary Clinton, the heir apparent to the throne, may not find smooth sailing as many thought she would. The former first lady, secretary of state and senator has long been expected to walk into the Democratic presidential nomination with nary a concern...
Putin's Pravda: The RT 'news' channel
Americans traveling abroad, or surfing through the approximately 200 channels delivered to most homes, sometimes stumble across an English-language channel: RT. Broadcasts feature entertaining and attractive hosts, hard-hitting stories on global issues, and a range of experts from the United States, U.K. and other nations commenting on world events...
A friendly, polite winter visitor
This is a small songbird called a red-breasted nuthatch. It is about the size of a Carolina chickadee. There are four different kinds of nuthatches found in North America. The red-breasted nuthatch is the only one to have a distinctive black line running from its beak, through its eye to the back of its head. Other nuthatches do not have this line...