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Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
Bob Mitchell: Listening to conversations (01/18/17)
There is a lot to be said about learning while listening to conversations around you. That's especially true if the talk might be between Kelly Williamson and Randy Yarnall when they get started about their adventures on assignment, or venturing into the world of Weather Channel work on TV...
Bob Mitchell: Off the spike for January (01/11/17)
This time of the year is an appropriate time to once again clean off "the spike" that is holding notes and reminders for some time during preceding months. The spike is a holdover from old-time newspaper days when the tools were hung at various locations throughout the plant for necessary jobs that had to be accomplished in the future. There might even be a couple of up-to-date comments as well...
Jason Brawner: Camp Barnabas reflects on 2016, looks to 2017 (01/11/17)
Dear Editor: As I look back on 2016, I can't help but grin. I reflect back on the highs and lows of the past year, and I picture what I saw, felt and heard at Camp Barnabas. I see campers smiling from ear to ear as they eagerly enter our gates. I feel the tears rush down my cheek as I watch parents of a new camper experience the joy that comes when they see their child is unconditionally loved and accepted. ...
Bob Mitchell: Remembering past happenings (01/04/17)
Having the opportunity for the first time to write the New Year 2017 -- and it coming out correctly -- was amazing, since that had not happened some years in the past. This might indicate my level of forgetfulness hasn't progressed as far as some have thought. Anyway, it's a good time to clear up some notes and thoughts -- both out of the past and some more recent -- that might be of interest...
Bob Mitchell: Advice for Donald Trump (12/28/16)
Just in case President-elect Donald Trump might read this and be in the mood to accept some advice from a Democrat, here are a few suggestions. These suggestions aren't really for the top jobs, but they might do well in deputy assignments, since their way of thinking would be a position of thinking along the lines of the supposed middle class of the country...
Bob Mitchell: Christmas Eve 66 years ago (12/21/16)
Christmas Eve 1950 was one of the biggest experiences of my lifetime. While in the Navy, our flagship -- the USS Mt. McKinley (AGC 7) -- was off the coast of North Korea and just outside the harbor of Hungnam where the command was coordinating an evacuation. The object of the operation was waiting for the First Marine Division to fight their way out of being encircled at the Chosen Reservoir when China entered the Korean War...
Bob Mitchell: Christmas trees changed over the years (12/14/16)
Apparently, the days of the cedar Christmas tree being cut out of a nearby field or boughs of the cedars being used for decorating are a thing of the past. There have quite possibly been as many changes in Christmas trees in recent years as anything else...
Bob Mitchell: It's a small world after all (12/07/16)
If you don't know to be cautious about conversation topics while dining, there might be a lesson ahead for you. One came our way during a September jaunt west to visit the grands, and to see where one of the families is going to build a new home. There are six of them in the household and they are making the move about on schedule...
Bob Mitchell: Day still lives on in infamy (11/30/16)
Next Wednesday, Dec. 7, will always be a Day in Infamy, so proclaimed by the late Franklin Roosevelt in 1941 when he asked Congress to declare war on Japan after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Even though that was 75 years ago, in many minds today, that declaration remains deeply embedded in the minds of many generations...
Bob Mitchell: Thanksgiving from a wood-burning stove (11/23/16)
There might never again be a Thanksgiving dinner prepared entirely on a wood-burning, Home Comfort stove like the one that stood for generations in the kitchen of the Ray house at Ninth and Townsend in Cassville. More than likely, if one were to appear somewhere again, it's doubtful those operating it would be as proficient as Aunt Missie, Aunt Bland and my mother...
Bob Mitchell: An argument about True Ozarkers (11/16/16)
Back some 35 years ago, a friend of mine, Frank Farmer, was editor of the editorial page of the Springfield Daily News, the morning issue that no longer exists, putting us in dispute about True Ozarkers. On a hot July day in 1981, here was his reply to the Cassville Democrat's stand:...
Bob Mitchell: Honor our local veterans (11/09/16)
This Friday is Veterans Day, which was once known by Armistice Day, which designated the end of World War II. In later years, after other conflicts and wars, Congress saw fit to change the name of this observance. Veterans Day can be more than enjoying a holiday, a fishing trip, an outing camping or just eating too much. ...
Bob Mitchell: Democrats in county offices (11/02/16)
Given the one-party political make-up of Barry County, some might not believe there have been some long-term office holders who were elected under the emblem of the Donkey. Not many, it must be admitted, but those who have held office in the courthouse have done so admirably and some long-term as a result of their abilities...
Bob Mitchell: They're all good. Try some. (10/26/16)
This time of the year, seasonal Ozarks produce is becoming available, of which some of our newcomers may not be aware. Some of the older heads might have forgotten. Each and every one of them can be a real treat in their own way, providing some of them are handled correctly...
Ron Anderson: Cassville resident wants Congressional term limits (10/26/16)
Dear Editor, On Tuesday, Nov. 8, we Americans vote in a national election of importance to our children and grandchildren. Here is a message for all 2016 concerned voters and all Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C., and all the wannabes. I quote Grandpa Gust, "You cannot get the water to clear up until you get the pigs out of the creek," an old West Virginnie hillbilly saying by my great-grandfather, August A. Anderson...