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Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014

Columns

Our heroes can come in mighty - but small - packages
If I should make it to my 99th birthday anniversary alert in mind and able to move about, I will know there is, indeed, a benevolent God. And I hope I can celebrate such an event with something approaching the grace, charm and dignity of my friend, Avis Muench...
Cape police chief off to strong start
Our city manager Scott Meyer made a great hiring decision, in my opinion, when he selected Wes Blair from Lancaster, Texas, to be the Cape Girardeau police chief. Chief Blair has solidified his entire team into a cohesive unit with the goal of improving public safety within our city and also our region. He also has become an active member of our community...
Falling into late summer, early autumn recipes
In mid-September the garden produce seems to be winding down, the SEMO District Fair is behind us, football is gearing up and nights are turning a little cooler. Can this mean that autumn is just around the corner? I love fall, and as temperatures will be turning a little cooler, over the next few weeks I will be getting out recipes using apples and pumpkin. The aroma of fall once again certainly will be in the air...
Limbaugh book a strong defense of the Christian faith
David Limbaugh's new book "Jesus on Trial" opened for public sale on Monday. I highly recommend it, not because Limbaugh is a friend but because it opened my eyes to the defense of Jesus and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies in the New Testament...
Here's my story, and every word is the truth, I think
This is a true account of what happened. The lesson? Be prepared. Or else. You are all familiar with planned obsolescence. Once upon a time you could buy things and expect them to last. Today, of course, things last exactly one day past the warranty. How do they do that?...
Ken and Jeanine Dobbins will leave impressive legacy
Tucked inside the River Campus is a dance studio named after Ken and Jeanine Dobbins. It is a functional room -- with a striking view -- that provides students the opportunity to study with top-notch instructors. Or to practice and learn on their own. The Dobbinses made a significant, but quiet gift, without fanfare, several years ago to help make the studio possible...
Sausage three ways, enchilada dip and lemony pasta
I started looking for recipes to include here today, and, totally by accident, three of today's recipes contain sausage as an ingredient. I did not originally plan that, but, hey, I like it when things like that happen. Of course, if you do not like sausage you can substitute another meat, or use turkey sausage in place of pork...
When you hear certain sounds, you're right to be frightened
The sound I heard the other day was familiar, but it was out of the ordinary, too. As my brain cells tried to figure out what the sound was or where it came from, I imagined a lot of possibilities -- all of them not quite right. Then it came to me. The sound had a bit of metallic screech and just a hint of "sproinggg!" -- if you know what I mean...
Projects planned in Jackson
Cities really need to plan ahead! Our comprehensive plan is a guideline for 20 years in the future, and the water system facility plan is for 15 to 20 years. When we have these long-range plans, we often divide them into phases so that we can do a phase at a time as the funding becomes available...
Maximum flavor, minimal effort

Clever cheating helps put good food on the table while spending less time in the kitchen "Life is too short to stuff a mushroom." So said British feminist icon Shirley Conran. She might have added that it may also be too short to stir risotto, can tomatoes or make your own puff pastry...

Love the recipes of Nashville's Loveless Cafe
The Labor Day holiday is here and people will be cooking and trying new recipes over the long weekend. I would also imagine fresh vegetables from the garden and farmers market will be on many tables. I turned to the excellent chefs at the Loveless Café for help. I have a few of their cookbooks, and I love their website and their products...
The word is out: Downtown golf is coming back with a big bang
Tiger Woods, apparently, will not be in Cape Girardeau on Sept. 28. Sept. 28 is the date of the First-Ever Ninth Annual World-Famous Louis J. Lorimier Downtown Golf Tournament and All-You-Can-Eat Catfish Buffet. Does that seem possible? I mean the fact that this will be the ninth downtown golf tournament. ...
Dining with Dad: Good eater of mom's good cooking
My dad very recently passed away, and, as I sat down to write this column, all I could think about was my dad. He was a very good eater -- because mom was a very good cook -- and there are so few things he did not care much for. He would usually pass on the Brussels sprouts and asparagus, and anything real spicy, but in general, he would eat anything that didn't eat him first...
Buggy whips. Then rotary-dial phones. And now Ivory soap?
Headquarters Procter & Gamble Cincinnati, Ohio Dear Mr.-Ms.-Miss Decision Maker: Please forgive my being so forward, but I must tell you that you may be on the verge of making a grievous error, and I feel it is my duty to let you know what I and millions of your customers think about the possibility that you will drop Ivory soap from the many brands you currently produce worldwide...