Category: Opinion

Recent Missouri editorials

The Associated Press The Kansas City Star, Jan. 13 Second term poses big test for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon In his successful campaign for a second term, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon boasted about “getting things done.” Under his leadership, the state had cut government spending, his ads noted. It had rebounded from natural disasters. His… Read more »

Recent Missouri editorials

The Associated Press Jefferson City News Tribune, Jan. 6 The ‘epidemic’ of child sexual abuse Child sexual abuse in Missouri is characterized as a “silent epidemic” by members of a task force that studied the issue. The 14-member task force on Thursday released its report, which contains 22 recommendations in seven separate categories. State Rep…. Read more »

“Django Unchained:” some of the best dialogue, character development in cinema

By JOSHUA LEONARD (digitalBURG) – A throwback to Sergio Leone-style Spaghetti Westerns, “Django Unchained” captures the look and feel of the Clint Eastwood classic Western. Quentin Tarantino captivates his audience once again through his mesmerizing dialogue and characters and made “Django Unchained” an instant classic. Already nominated for five Academy Awards, including best film, “Django… Read more »

Rise of the Guardians: A family fun piece of cinema

By JOSHUA LEONARD With a great story, engaging laughter with a hint of danger, “Rise of the Guardians” is an all-around family fun piece of cinema. “Rise of the Guardians,” the latest film produced by Dreamworks Animation, tells the story of Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) who is lonely and depressed because no children… Read more »

The Hobbit: A great first piece of the new trilogy

By JOSHUA LEONARD (digitalBURG) With $84.8 million grossed in the opening box office weekend, “The Hobbit” brings us back into the world of Middle-Earth with its captivating story, cinematography and a new visual appeal. “The Hobbit,” directed by Peter Jackson (“Lord of the Rings” trilogy) takes the helm once again with another trilogy that takes… Read more »

Medicaid expansion

Dear Editor, Late last month, Gov. Jay Nixon announced he would support an expansion of Missouri’s Medicaid program under ObamaCare. “[Expanding Medicaid is] the smart thing to do, and it’s the right thing to do,” he said. Although one could describe Gov. Nixon’s announcement in many ways, “smart” and “right” would not appear in the parade… Read more »

Potty breaks and leftovers — the holiday culture shock

By SEAN McCARRELL (PILOT GROVE, Mo., digitalBURG) – As is tradition around the holidays, friends and family get together to share in the joyous occasion of awkwardly explaining the last year of their lives to one another in the most positive way possible. The most fascinating aspect of this, other than finding out why cousin… Read more »

The perils of holiday driving

By JASON STRICKLAND (digitalBURG) – At about 3:15 p.m. on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I began the 120-mile journey back to UCM from Fulton, Mo., after fall break. There are two main ways to get from Fulton to Warrensburg – U.S. 50 and I-70. I chose the latter – bad choice. Almost an hour into… Read more »

Lake Superior drive, why limit happy to an hour?

By SANDY IRLE (digitalBURG) – This past summer, Mark and I started a Lake Superior trip by driving to Minnesota to visit a friend I met during a family vacation. Although I’ve known her for 33 years, I’ve only spent 26 days with her, one day a year when Minnesota is on the way to… Read more »