Category: Opinion

‘Kick-Ass 2’ “not fantastic like the first”

By ANDREW LINK (digitalBURG) — Before we dive in, two things. First, stay through the credits. Second, I want to preface the statement I’m about to make by saying that the first “Kick-Ass” movie was well-written, well-performed, witty and an all-around good film that is worth watching. “Kick-Ass 2” seemed like a made-for-TV movie by… Read more »

Oak Ridge Boys open eyes and hearts at State Fair

  Photos by ANDREW MATHER Story by ANDY LYONS (SEDALIA, Mo., digitalBURG) — Unseasonably mild weather marked a special night at the Pepsi Grandstand Wednesday. The crowd was a lot different on this night; motorized chairs and grey-haired heads marked the audience. The multitude of fans gathered to see the Oak Ridge Boys, who are… Read more »

Salvatore offers insight into new Drizzt book

By ANDY LYONS (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — The latest novel in the Drizzt Do’Urden series hit bookstores last week and was well received by critics. R.A. Salvatore’s “The Companions” is the 28th full-length novel to focus on Drizzt and his friends. Since the publishing of “The Crystal Shard” in 1988, fans of the fantasy genre… Read more »

Missouri Editorials

The Associated Press The Kansas City Star, Aug. 11 Basic services take a hit in economic border war Here’s one more reason Kansas and Missouri lawmakers need to stop handing out excessive taxpayer incentives to entice companies to hop from one side of the state line to the other. This costly border war — which… Read more »

‘Elysium:’ a well-paced action adventure

By ANDREW LINK (digitalBURG) — Matt Damon and Jodie Foster need no introductions, which is always something that should make a viewer wary of poor writing and production. It’s a weird regression wherein actors get famous by being in fantastic films and then stay famous by being a Band-Aid on horrible wounds inflicted upon the… Read more »

Missouri Editorials

The Associated Press St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Aug. 4 Note to Missouri lawmakers: The constitution is not a Chinese buffet T.J. McKenna should re-read his oath of office. Mr. McKenna is a Democrat state representative from Festus who last week told Associated Press reporter David Lieb that he was prepared to cast a vote in September… Read more »

City proposes to take over tourism function

Dear Editor, As a 25-year veteran of the tourism/lodging industry, I have mixed feelings about the proposal to remove the tourism function from the Chamber of Commerce and place it directly under the city. First some background: The tourism tax passed by only a 3.4 percent margin (44 votes) in 1998. Obviously, many voters doubted… Read more »

‘2 Guns’: great cinematography, terrible screenplay

By ANDREW LINK (digitalBURG) — It’s probably unfair to expect much out of a movie when the director got his degree from a drama school in Iceland (sorry, Baltasar Kormákur). Fortunately for “2 Guns,” the casting agents were willing to sell their souls to sign a list of stars long enough to make a NASA… Read more »