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. o  . . - - . PRESS-NEWS JOURNAL, CANTON, MO. Editorial & O00inion i nil EDITORIAL l by Dan Steinbeck I A display of formal finery Ahh. The fancy apparel. The dressing to the nines. Polished shoes. The fresh look. This can mean only one of four things: a teenage prom; Kentucky Derby attend- ees; a Star Trek/alien convention; or any combination of all of these. Some people might argue all fashion styles have been tried and thus, there is nothing new under the sun. Just in case these haven't been tried, here are some com- ing fashion style ideas (and as one embarrassed sibling of one anonymous columnist can attest, who better to comment on fashion): Men could wear a tuxedo with a horned opera singer hat. Or perhaps a man could wear a cumberband with a matching wrap-around tail. For electronic bling, put flashing lights on the cumberband (Laugh, if you will, but remember someone actually did that with children's tennis shoes and proabbly retired comfortably at age 29.) Men might also wear a tux with a lapel made solely out of pressed flower petals. How about waering a cravat that doubles as a monogrammed dinner napkin? Women could probably attach a bedroom pillow and a four inch yellow ribbon on their head and be granted immediate entrance to Churchill Downs where the Ken- tucky Derby is run each year. Or ladies could wear a cardboard box with neon colors. How about ladies wear- ing a spiral hairdoo, with brightly colored pressurized string outlining Churchill Downs on the 'doo. What about wearing a white chef's hat or a ceiling fan blade or an oversized actual taco shell, or a lampshade? Whose going to turn any of them away. Any of the women's hats could bring the thoughtful comment from fans in the back: "Down in front." With outlandish costumes like these and others recently shown and yet to be shown, and in the never- ending one-upmanship, how does anyone stand out in a crowd, when everyone is trying to stand out? Backward Glances From the pages of early County newspapers Transportation in Jefferson City for their crew's acci- dent free record. Congressman Harold 20 YEARS AGO The Press News Journal May 1, 1989 Culver-Stockton College will hold graduation cer- Volkmer is urging farmers to check with their local ASCS office to determine their eligibility for drought assistance programs. LaGrange City wide clean-up lS May 13.Wash- ington Park will serve as headquarters for the day. A first aid station will be set- uo adnd participants will receive garabage bags and instructions for clean-up. for another 30 bed expan- 40 YEARS AGO sion. Whiston Construction The Canton Press-News May 8, 1969 Instant local news is com- ing to Canton in the form of Dial News. Stephen and Michael Dykstra, twin sons of Dr. and Mrs. John Dykstra, se- nior students at the Kansas YES TER YEAR PICTURE Ewing High School Commencement for 1945 was held Thursday night, May 17. The program was as follows: Processional, Miss WinifredWood; invocation, Virgil O. Graces; song "Our Yesterday," Betty Herrick, Georgia Sharpe, Lorraine Whitaker; address, Rev. L. B. Arvin; presentation of eighth grade diplomas, Mrs. Graces; presentation of high school diplomas, Mr. Leach; and benediction by Virgil O. Graves. This senior class photo includes: first row -Georgia May Felter; Leta Daggs, vhaledictorian; Betty Her- emonies on May 13. The largest class in recent years of 166 students will receive diploma's on Saturday. Two will receive honorary degrees at Culver-Stock- ton. Richard A. Liebirg , of Quincy will receive an hooonorary doctor of laws degree. Dr. Roy L. Griggs will receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree. The Lewis County Nurs- ing Home will break ground Company submitted the lone bid of $825,000 for the 8,560 square foot ex- pansion. The Lewis and Clark Meat Company has been sold to Dutchway. rick, salutatorian; Lorraine Whitaker and Anna Mae Stone. Back row includes: Lawrence O'Brien, Dolan Mildred Bailey was hon- City College of Osteopathy ored by Lewis County staff and Surgery and members for 30 years of service with of the College Chorale will the Division of Family Ser- accompany the group to Dallas, Texas for a spring concert. Mrs. Virgie Rogers, 87, died May 4 in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Paul vices. Thirty-one Culver-Stock- ton students participated in three mock trials. Canton Attorney Dennis Smith sets up a fictious situation so the Shuman at Lewistown. students could get practice  Mrs. Rogers was Demo- in a trial setting, cratic Central Committee woman for several years. Two Canton lawyers were among the 775 gradu- ates of the University of u Clinton T. Turner of Canton is one of three area men recently honored by Missouri Highway and I I I State Senator District 18 Report by Wes Shoemyer its investment staff, despite the fact the state pension fund lost close to $2-bil- lion last year. The agency doled out some $300,000 in bonuses to 14 invest- ment managers, including $114,000 for the fund's chief investment officer. I don't get it. The state has been forced to eliminate a lot of jobs and other state employees are going with- out raises, yet the state pen- sion fund thinks it's okay to hand out close to $300,000 in bonus payments to peo- ple who lost billions of dol- lars. In response to this boneheaded move, I offered an amendment to a bill dealing with the Missouri Americans have been understandably outraged at the big bones the fat cats on Wall Street have been giving themselves despite destroying our economy. What really upsets people is that the federal government has been bailing out these big financial firms with taxpayer dollars, and then these firms turn around and hand out millions in bonus- es to the very same people who got us into this mess. This week we discussed a similar issue in the Sen- ate regarding the Missouri State Employees Retire- ment System (MOSERS). Earlier this month we learned that MOSERS gave big bonuses to members of i ill II I i First District Rep. Report Every time you go to vote, you cast a secret bal- lot. No one but you knows what selections you made. Secret ballots ensure the voter is able to make a per- sonal choice and is not in- fluenced by intimidation or bribery. The use of a secret ballot in America was first deemed necessary to pro- tect the voting rights of re- cently freed slaves after the Civil War. During southern reconstruction, this prob- lem was rampant. African American first-time voters were being threatened with physical violence and even lynching, based on how their publicly known bal- by Brian Munzlinger lots were cast. Unfortunately, voter intimidation still takes place to this day and is of- ten exercised byunions. Unions and pro-union em- ployees have been known to use peer pressure to per- suade reluctant workers to sign their cards and/or vote for certain political candi- dates. Clearly, this behavior goes out of its way to repel the civil liberties so many fought for. It is shocking to think our great coun- try could experience such set backs as forceful labor unions fighting against the right to a secret ballot. Earl Clinton who has been in the car, and car and garage business in LaBelle, has started up at Taylor and expects to reside in Can- ton. Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Pecher of Hannibal are moving to Canton. Trevor will attend C-SC. Miss Martha Lamb will close the school at Gorin and will leave the next day with a magazine crew and travel 'eastward. The crew expects to arrive at the New York World's Fair by July 1. 80 YEARS AGO The Lewis Co. Journal May 9, 1929 Word has been received that Bert Neatarour, who has been supervisor of the state road and located at Lewistown, will be trans- ferred to LaGrange where he will be employed on the gravel on 61. The annual Junior-Se- nior Banquet was given at the school house in Monti- cello May 4. The menu so served, was prepared by the mothers of the juniors and five sophomore girls dressed in white served as waitresses. LaBelle with a total of 50 1/2 points were returned Missouri-Columbia School of Law who were recently awarded a new degree by their alma mater. Richard R. Howe and Dennis W. Smith received the juris- prudence degree. 70 YEARS AGO The Lewis Co. Journal May 11, 1939 Mackie's Markets, Inc. opened its new store in the Hetzler building on Lewis Street. William Giegerich is the manager and Del- bert Pilcher is the assistant manager. THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009 - PAGE 11 Daggs, Willard Collins, Wayne Crabill. The man in the center was not identi- fied. Accountability Portal. My amendment would have re- quired that payments such as these bonuses be posted on the state's online portal, which provide information to the public about who gets tax credits and other state benefits. My amend- ment would have provided some transparency and ac- countability regarding the actions of the state's pen- sion fund, but other sena- tors said we were trying to micromanage MOSERS and defeated the amend- ment. Some argued that the bonuses were appropriate because MOSERS actually grew their investment port- folio by 3.9 percent over a five-year period. While that may be true, I think most The class motto was "Out of school life into Life's School". The class flower was a yellow rose. people who are struggling to keep their jobs, pay their mortgages and put food on the table would be upset to learn that state employees who already earn really good money also received thousands of dollars in tax- payer-provided bonuses. We all have to make sac- rifices to get through this economic downturn, and it just doesn't seem right or fair that a small group of state employees received bonuses that in some cases are worth more than most state employees earn in an entire year. Contact me at 573- 751-7852 or emall at wes. shoemyer@senate.mo.gov or write to Room 434, State Capitol, 201 West Capitol Ave., Jefferson City, Mo. 65101. This week the Missouri House approved a proposal that would guarantee the right to secret ballot elec- tion for all public offices. It also extends to ballot initiatives, referendums, and authorizing the cre- ation or dismantling of a labor union. The proposed constitutional amendment is aimed to protect against the federal Employee Free Choice Act legislation, cur- rently being considered in Congress. This process, also known as "card check", would make it easier to form a union by bypassing secret ballot elections. The federal legislation aims to allow a union to form when at least a 50 percent of workers sign a card gen- erally handed to them and asked to sign while a union official is watching, avoid- ing the need for an elec- tion. We cannot let the use of the secret ballot be taken away. I support protecting the practice of using secret ballots because I believe in our rights as American citi- zens. Our people should be able to vote without fear of any negative consequences or bullying. A voter's right to a secret ballot is an es- sential and fundamental principle in our society. Without that ability, indi- vidual political freedom will decline and be subject to threats and intimidation by those who want voters to pursue a specific course of action or ideology, I am proud of the action taken by the Missouri House to ensure our citizens are able to keep their right to a se- cret ballot. In a recent interview, our Governor said that he wanted to spend every last cent of the stimulus pack- m 90 YEARS AGO The Lewis Co. Journal May 9, 1919 Lt. Edwin Balthrope, Travis Boulware, Milton Lewis and Walter Haggerty are more Canton boys to return from overseas. The War Department says that all soldiers will age for ongoing projects and welfare expansion, re- gardless of federal strings attached. In fact, Governor Nix0n went as far as to say, "If there's debt, Missouri kids and grandkids will pay that debt off." Frankly, we couldn't disagree more. The stimulus package sent to us by the federal government is one-time occurrence. Spending it on programs that expand our already out of control wel- fare system is irresponsible and we simply won't do it. The Governor's proposal clearly isn't prudent bud- geting. I am proud to announce that the House has passed a bill, taking one billion dol- lars in stimulus money and using it to cut your taxes. If passed through the Sen- ate and signed into law, this will rein as the largest tax cut in Missouri history. In the House, it is our firm belief that the only way to truly stimulate our economy is to give back your hard-earned dollars and allow you to spend or save them as you please. Don't let the word "Stimulus package" fool you. These are your tax dollars. You know how to spend the funds in a way that will benefit your fami- ly and stimulate our econo- my. Missouri taxpayers are responsible, we don't need the government to make our decisions for us. We will not stand by and sling financial burden on the backs of our future. Together, we can build back our state's economy and look towards a promis- ing future for our children and grandchildren. Contact me at 573- 751-7985 or at brian.mun- zlinger@house.mo.gov Dr. C. S. Todd announced that in order to promptly care for the needs of his patients he has associated with Dr. Gleason from St. Louis recently returned from service in the U.S. Army. Roscoe Veatch has re- turned from overseas; he left Brest April 1 and winners of the annual Lew- be home by the first of Sep- landed in New York April is County Track and Field tember except the army of 7, was sent to Camp Tay- meet held on Tuesday at occupation in Germany and lor, Ky., and received his the Culver-Stockton Field it is planned to return them honorable discharge and at Canton. Steffenville with during September. returned toLewistown. 23 points was runner-up.