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PRESS-NEWS JOURNAL, CANTON, MO. Editorial & This is Life by Dan Steinbeck What a sport, what a league! How does the National Football League do it? There will be big interest in the Super Bowl, and at this writing, it is not known which two of the four teams will play: Philadelphia or Arizona versus Baltimore or Pittsburgh. Consider these points. In last year's Super Bowl, un- defeated New England lost to the New York Giants. After this season, New England narrowly missed the playoffs, and the Giants lost in Round 2 of the playoffs. A number of good teams vied for the playoffs in the closing weeks - Miami, the New York Jets, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Green Bay, and Tampa Bay. None of these teams made it. People have strong opinions about the NFL teams, and often have a deep fan loyalty win or lose. In fact with Indy and the Giants out of playoffs now, we'll have an unmanned (think quarterback Manning) Super Bowl. Yet there is growing interest in the Super Bowl, the seasonal climax to the pro-football season. Pittsburgh has the most recent Super Bowl appear- ance - three years ago; Philadelphia was four years ago; Baltimore was eight years ago. Arizona has never been there. Early-season picks to win it all have, in most cases, been proven wrong. Substitute teams to make it to the big game have been scratched in where chosen teams are now scratched out. The interest is still there, as the foot- ball season wanes. By contrast, in baseball, interest wanes if one's per- sonal favorite isn't in the postseason. This is despite some coastal teams spending incredible millions for players, and often these pricey players aren't playing past the reg- ular season. Perhaps after a too-long season, and a too- long playoff system, the World Series lacks the instant drama of the Super Bowl. I dare say the NBA basketball league championship games don't have the same draw as the Super Bowl. Hockey, is an also-ran sport. There is enough drama and public interest in nearly every game in the NFL playoffs to draw viewers. It hap- pens year after year. No fan is threatening not to watch the rest of the playoffs because their team is not there. Just how does the NFL, and its 32 independent teams accomplish this feat? HISTORY State Senator District 18 Report by Wes Shoemyer At the beginning of unemployed, and more each legislative session, the than 700,000 Missourians President Pro Tem of the lack access to affordable Missouri Senate delivers heath care. I was glad to YESTERYEAR'S PICTURES As in many small com- munities, the local 5 store was a staple of the down- town economy. This photo, taken around 1947, pictures Fred Wolf standing in front of his business. Notice the street light, awning and cars of the era. Fred and Myrtle Wolf, owned and operated Wolf's 5 to $1.00 Store on Lewis Street in Canton. After the Wolf's health failed, Mil- dred Capps operated the store as a Gift Shop for several years. The building was razed in the 1960's and is cur- rently a parking lot. Backward Glances 20 YEARS AGO The Canton Press News January 19,1989 Howard A, Legg, 84, former Lewis County trea- surer, died January 11, 1989. Esther Atterberry, 86, LaGrange, died in the Lew- is County Nursing Home. J,P. Wallace was elect- ed worshipful master of Ewing Masonic Lodge. Missouri's Secretary of State Roy Blunt deliv- ered the message at the Lewistown Baptist Church Sunday morning worship service. 40 YEARS AGO The Lewis Co. Journal January 23,1969 ings and show a gable roof construction with a cupola. The building will be locat- ed on the Central Park site recently purchased by the City for that purpose. The building will have a south entrance and the loading platform with be on the north. Roland L. Martin of the Martin Chevrolet Co. was unanimously elected president of the Canton Chamber of Commerce at the annual meeting, F.S. Capps, Jack Alderton and Louis Collins were elected members of the board of directors. Deaths include Mrs. Ella Waiters, 85; Mrs. D.W. Hinton, 75; William H. Wilson; George Hark- ness, 86. remarks to his colleagues hear the President Pro Tem Two Lewis County These speeches typically of the Senate acknowledge postmasters appointments 90 YEARS AGO Fall a,.th, mob .,these facts in his opening  were confirmed by the U.S, The Lewis Co. Journal work together in a bii '-" day address, and I lelieve ' Senate on Jan.17. Emmett January 24,1919 san fashion to get the peo- if we truly work together C.Washburnwasconfirmed House conferees ac- ple's business done in the five months we're in ses- sion. That spirit of biparti- sanship usually prevails for a few weeks until some controversial issue pops up that divides the chamber, and the effort to cooperate with each other begins to fall apart. Hopefully this year will be different. Part of the reason for my optimism is the fact that the voters of this state overwhelmingly called for a new direction in the November election. The House and Senate will have to work closely with Gov- ernor-Elect Nixon this year in order to make this leg- islative session successful. The new President Pro Tem said as much in his opening day remarks and repeated that theme when talking to reporters at the close of the first day's business. The leaders of both chambers have met with the new gov- ernor several times already, and everyone has pledged to work together on the im- portant issues facing Mis- souri this year. First is getting our economy moving again. We start the New Year with a $340-million budget short- fall. More than 200,000 Missourians are currently this year, we can make a difference in the lives of the people who sent us to Jefferson City to represent them. I know the last few months have been tough for a lot of folks in north- east Missouri as jobs disap- peared and retirement nest eggs shrank. For my part, I promise to do everything I can to keep this spirit of cooperation going for the entire legislative session. We will have disagree- ments from time to time, that's only natural in a legislative body with 197 members from all walks of life. I think we can disagree without being disagreeable, and I hope that when the session wraps up May 15, we'll be able to look back and say we did our best to make Missouri a better place to live, and work. Congratulations to Shelby County R-IV and Marion County School Districts for securing grants through the state's Safe Routes to School Program. Contact me at 573- 751-7852 or email at wes. shoemyer@senate.mo.gov or write to Room 434, State Capitol, 201 West Capitol Ave., Jefferson City, Mo. 65101. by the Senate as postmaster at Ewing. Joseph F. Fish's appointment as postmaster at LaGrange also received senate confirmation. Frank Sidney Porter, 73, of Lewistown, died Jan. 16 in St. Mary's Hospital. He was a retired farmer. Sam Quinn, 79, died Jan. 14. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in LaGrange and a retired insurance agent. Etton (Tom) Sweet, 73, died at his home in La- Belle. Lenvil Van Cleve Lewis, 71, a retired Gard- ner Denver employee died Jan. 19 in his home in LaGrange. Services were held in the Green Chapel Church. 70 YEARS AGO The Canton Press-News January 26,1939 Complete plans and specifications for Canton's new post office build- ing have been received by Postmaster Frank Page. The plans depart from the usual block house type in Vogue for federal build- cepted the Senate amend- ment to the war revenue bill for removing war taxes on first class postage next July 1, when pre-war rates of 2 cents an ounce on let- ters and 1 cent for postcards again would be effective. Dr. O.H. West has been honorably discharged from the Army and has returned to his home at Lewistown. He will resume his practice and those in need of a good veterinarian should call him. The mayor of Monti- cello requests the citizens of the community to refrain from using the sidewalks as crossings, to cross only at the place where a spe- cially constructed crossing is made. Lloyd Henry has been a student at Gem City Busi- ness College and won three prizes in a typewriting con- test. Teachers of schools which have been closed on account of influenza have legal authority to collect their salaries from school boards according to State Superintendent Lamkin. Mrs. John Leslie was called to Emerson on Mon- day by the death of her fa- ther, James McPike, 72. More pages ... More coverage... More pictures... More color... More features... More readers ... than any other weekly newspaper in Northeast Missouri The Press-News Journal, Canton THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009. PAGE 11 First District Rep. Report This week marked the opening of the 2009 legisla- tive session and with it the beginning of our efforts to provide relief to Missouri- ans struggling with the cur- rent economic downturn. Every session brings with it a new set of challenges and this one will be no differ- ent. We know hard-work- ing Missourians want and need help during these try- ing times. While the federal government is preoccupied with billion dollar bailout plans for big business, we here in the Missouri House will place our focus where it is needed most-on Mis, souri families. During opening day proceedings, I had the honor of voting in our new leader, Speaker of the House Ron Richard, who will direct our legislative efforts to help Missouri families. Speaker Richard has worked over the years to promote economic de- velopment and create good- paying jobs for Missouri- ans. I firmly believe he and the other members of our leadership team will pro- vide the guidance we need as we work to revitalize our economy through job cre- ation initiatives; lower the tax burden on Missourians; explore alternative energy sources to lessen our de- pendency on foreign oil; and improve the affordabil- ity and accessibility of our system of healthcare. Speaker Richard out- lined those four main points that make up what we are calling our Fam- ily Recovery Plan. Under the plan we will work to expand successful job-cre- ating initiatives like the Quality Jobs Program and develop innovative incen- tives that will attract new businessos to oistate. We. will work to revise our personal income tax to pro- vide a modest tax cut that will help keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket where they belong. We know the Family Recovery Plan is essential to provide Missourians with the assistance they need during these tough economic times. We also know there are many more issues we will face this ses- sion. At the top of our list will be crafting a budget that spends your tax dollars in a way that is responsible Mailbox from our readers To the Editor: Many Americans ex- press disappointment with the state of affairs in Wash- ington. Particular concerns are gridlock caused by ex- treme views on either side of the political aisle and seeming indifference of elected officials to views of their constituents. For those who share that disappoint- ment there's good news. The good news is the Mod- em Whig Party. The Whigs are back. Rising like a Phoenix from the ashes of history the Modern Whig Party is alive once again, on the move and growing. As ear- lier Whigs foundered in the dense political fog prior by Brian Munzlinger I and cost effective. The sound financial planning of the past has placed our state in a fortunate position during these trying times but we must face the reali- ties of a tight budget year and be prepared to use your tax dollars in the most effi= cient manner possible. We will also work to improve our system of education s that each child is prepared for future success and wd will continue efforts to en sure the goal of a collegg education is one that is at , tainable for every Missour student. We will affirm oul commitment to protectin the lives of the unborn and; build on the success the! legislature has had in great ly reducing the number off abortions in our state in; recent years. We will stan firm in protecting the right# of gun owners regardless o how the national politic landscape may change. : We have an aggres,; sive agenda before us thi session and I am excited to take on the challenge o turning some of these idea into effective policies The family Recovery Plar will be the cornerstone o which our legislative suc- cesses will be built. Fog any of the legislation wd pass, you can rest assureff we will have the best in-; terests of Missouri familieg at heart. Where our federag government has failed to act , the Missouri House will remain committed to: seeking effective solutionS I to the problems faced by, Missourians from all wall.' of life. ', I will once again cha. the Agri-business commit tee and have also been put on the Rules committee. : A local issue that I havd received numerous phond calls about is .$e road con , ditions after snow or ic storms. Let me tell you it is not the fault of the lo2 cal shed crew; they would do more if they could tot help keep our roads safe; They are being controlled by the district offices and[ your phone calls should be directed to Kevin Kei in Jefferson City or Paula; Gough or Jennifer Hinsoli at the Hannibal District  office by calling 1-888, ASK-MODOT (1-8884 275-6636). Contact me at 573J 751-7985 or at brian.mun zlinger@ house arm.gov. to the Civil War, Modem Whigs are growing in thet turbulent wake of anotheJ war, the current one in Irac i and Afganistan. Veteran of that war are primary, motivators in developing and expanding the Moderq Whig Party. , Formulating the part platform is a work in prog ress with an on-line forun available to those wish ing to provide input. Trn6 J to then" heritage, Modem Whigs seek workable so lutions based on commori ground. However, they d not shrink from controver sial issues. Major issues under consideration in elude fiscal responsibility national security, environ, mental protection, immig gration, church/state sepa ration, gay rights, science and technology. A Missouri chapter is up and running. ; Jack Ryal Jefferson City, Mo,  The Press-News Journal weekly deadline for news and ads is Monday at 3 p.m.