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The danger of elitism

 Posted on April 11, 2014 at 9:37 am

I’m a person who typically takes a very active interest in all things political. Even so, a Senate race in Iowa isn’t the sort of thing that I would normally pay attention to. In fact, unless I had friends or family participating in the campaign in one way or another such a race would likely fly under my radar completely. Representative Bruce Braley of Iowa has recently changed all of

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  • Choosing faith over worry

     Posted on April 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    To the Editor: This April, I urge our neighbors to take part in Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Nearly one million Americans live with Parkinson’s Disease and several (including me) are living right here in Elsberry. There is currently no cure. On March 27, 2013, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I face this disease by “choosing faith over worry”. Each day is truly a blessing, one to be lived and shared

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  • From The Corner Of Broadway and Main Street

     Posted on April 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Broadway

    Well how is your bracket doing? That seems to be the primary greeting that I’ve heard over the last two weeks as everyone focuses on March Madness. I am not immune to this condition, as I have filled out a bracket every year for probably the last ten years. Of course I have a system to making my picks, I know that there will be some upsets, and I know

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  • Blaine’s Bulletin by U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer

     Posted on March 28, 2014 at 11:29 am

    U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer

    The United States has the world’s most diverse financial system with thousands of different institutions serving millions of different types of customers in large cities and small communities across the country. This diversity benefits our banking customers and supports economic growth. Unfortunately, federal regulations fail to reflect our financial system’s diversity and place all banks into two categories: community and mid-sized banks, and large, “too big to fail” banks. As

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  • View from the Capitol by State Rep. Ed Schieffer

     Posted on March 26, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Rep. Ed Schieffer

    The House Budget Committee on March 12 approved its version of the state operating budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The committee version authorizes $26.63 billion in total spending, which is more than a $1 billion below the $25.67 billion Gov. Jay Nixon had requested. Much of the difference comes from the refusal of Republican committee members to accept federal funding to expand the state’s Medicaid

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  • View from the Capitol by State Rep. Ed Schieffer

     Posted on March 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Rep. Ed Schieffer

    Let me share some of the bills moving through the State Legislature. With Gov. Jay Nixon and Republican lawmakers at odds over how much revenue will be available for the upcoming state budget, House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, on March 5 proposed an unorthodox approach to funding public education during the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Nixon’s proposed budget is based on 5.2 percent general revenue

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  • Blaine’s Bulletin by U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer

     Posted on March 19, 2014 at 10:29 am

    U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer

    In the last few weeks, folks in the 3rd Congressional District have become increasingly concerned about the apparent recklessness of the Obama administration regarding our Constitution and the rule of law. Americans were promised more than five years ago that the current White House would be the most transparent in the history of the country. But when people hear more and more about the administration’s failure to come clean on

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