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The Buck Stops Here

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:25 am

There’s not enough in my brain this week for a single-themed column and too much to wait for subsequent editions, so it’s time for some three-dot journalism. ••• It won’t be easy to replace Louisiana R-II School District Superintendent Rich Basden, who announced his retirement last week. Rich and I both started working in Louisiana in the late summer of 2010 and have always had a professional friendship because of

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    Posted on February 17, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Missouri is the only state in the union with  unlimited campaign donations, no lobbyist gift limits and no rules against state legislators becoming lobbyists as soon as they leave office. So I was encouraged when new state Senator Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) said she was going to introduce legislation to address those items. I opined that as a Democrat in a Republican-controlled state senate, she probably wouldn’t get anywhere with

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on February 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Several things jumping around in my head this week, so it’s time for some three-dot journalism. ••• What in God’s name is going on in my old hometown? It seems like I read about a murder or at least a shooting per day in the St. Louis area and I have to wonder about how safe it is there anymore. Normally, the violence occurs in the city proper, but it

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 9:46 am

    With the removal of Louisiana City Administrator Bob Jenne, the city has now officially turned a page in its history. Members of the community who have been elected in recent years on a premise of being more transparent now have an even greater opportunity to do just that. So far they have shown a tendency to do so and it will be interesting to see if they continue, or slide

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 10:58 am

    If you want to talk about the failures of the United States, you don’t have to look any further than the status of the nation’s infrastructure. It wouldn’t be in the decaying condition it is today if maintenance, repairs and replacements had been done in a timely manner to keep up with a growing population. “Deferred maintenance” which was the buzz word for years, is actually a euphemism for “we’re

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on January 13, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me how many people think freedom of the press is a terrible thing. Invariably, those who try to block our First Amendment rights are trying to cover up mistakes or avoid embarrassment. Sometimes it’s because elected or appointed officials just don’t like those pesky reporters nosing around in their business. Freedom of the press was included in our Constitution specifically to keep an eye on

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Writing can be a daunting task if you let it be and many people have asked me over the years how I get over writer’s block. To begin with, I write stories on deadlines so that I can eat and pay the rent, so the incentive to get moving on the keyboard is much keener than for someone who has to write a letter or term paper. A letter to

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