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Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
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Karen Standerwick (Nevin): Reader defends Trump voters (12/03/16)
Dear Editor: As a Christian, a Missouri resident for 20 years and a white educated female who voted for Donald Trump, I take issue with what Vance Halfaker expressed in his letter printed in The Monett Times on Nov. 19. I find it distressing he believes a majority of local citizens are ignorant and racist because we voted for Trump. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Just like the pundits got it wrong, Mr. Halfaker fails to understand why so many voters chose Trump...
Bob and Linda Bartelsmeyer: Thanks for the Festival of Lights (12/03/16)
Dear Editor: Since returning back home to the Barry/Lawrence County area, we would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Monett Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and the city of Monett for the wonderful Festival of Lights display at the Monett City Park...
Murray Bishoff: A moment for Monettans to savor (12/03/16)
There's something oddly foreboding about going into a place you've seen a thousand times but never entered. Then, going in, you find it filled with familiar Monett purple, and you think you're home. That's how I felt last Saturday walking into Plaster Stadium in Springfield for Monett's championship football game. ...
Ann Hall: Monett offers plenty in holiday season (12/03/16)
Dear Editor: Monett is blessed with many opportunities to enjoy the Thanksgiving/Christmas season, with the Chamber of Commerce and others working hard to promote Monett. The annual Festival of Flavors, showcasing talented area food vendors, is a fun evening with lots of good food and time to visit with friends. If you missed it this year, mark your calendars for 2017...
Murray Bishoff: Thankful, and rightly so (11/28/16)
Twenty years ago I wrote a Thanksgiving column for this space and gave a few reasons for which to be thankful that year. These included: Monett has a new high school that works. Unemployment for the area is still very low. We have seen another year with no fatal fires in Monett...
Local voters say to Hispanics: 'We don't want you here' (11/22/16)
Dear Editor, Earlier this month, an overwhelming majority of citizens in Barry County and Lawrence County cast their votes for Donald J. Trump. As a Christian and a long-time resident of rural Missouri, I find this fact profoundly distressing. I have experienced first-hand the kind and welcoming spirit of rural Missourians, but now we have reinforced the stereotyped image of ourselves as ignorant and hateful racists...
Murray Bishoff: The cost of serenity and public use (11/19/16)
The direction for the Monett swimming pool now appears clear. Though the decision will depend on whether the public will adopt a sale tax to pay for a $3.1 million undertaking, polling suggests the public prefers a new pool for its money, and so the city will proceed in that direction...
Murray Bishoff: Elections and the search for help (11/12/16)
Over the course of the long presidential election, one interesting story came out of Purdy. A longtime businessman in that town who runs a garage wrote a check to Donald Trump's campaign and mailed it. A few weeks later, he got a letter back from the campaign that included his check. The Trump people thanked him for the donation, but said their candidate was running to help small business people. Mr. Trump felt the donor needed the money more than he did, so he returned it...
Murray Bishoff: Another way to the mountaintop (11/05/16)
There was a time, perhaps not too long ago, when parents would tell children, "When you grow up, you can be anything you want, even president!" After this presidential election, is that a very nice thing to say to a child? To say that you will have to endure public ridicule and insults without end?...
Murray Bishoff: A snapshot of 2016 Monett (10/29/16)
The Monett Historical Society has decided that its museum needs a time capsule, some way to pass a message on to Monettans in a distant decade to say who we were and what we're all about. Time capsules are tricky. In past decades, it was common to include a newspaper, a document of the day, or some artifact of importance...
Murray Bishoff: Local echoes of a national nightmare (10/22/16)
Talk of voter fraud that has been bantered around in the national election campaign makes one happy to live in small-town southwest Missouri. It seems unlikely that we will face a Zombie Apocalypse on Nov. 8. According to Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood, his election judges generally know the people who come in to vote. Voting fraud is pretty unlikely under those conditions...
Murray Bishoff: Politics and the art of the grudge (10/15/16)
Few fights in the public arena become uglier than those in politics. We've seen enough of them around the Monett area to know that all arguments end eventually, a revelation at the end of what feels like the longest presidential race ever. Sore feelings over time will go away...
Murray Bishoff : The evolution of public education (10/08/16)
The evolution of public education certainly resembles a long and winding road, ever taking forks in the road, setting new priorities, ever searching for the best way to prepare students for their futures. A recently retired educator in another state, to whom I recently spoke, has watched some of the latest gyrations and observed some of the changes pushing high schools to change their strategies reflect ulterior motives...
Murray Bishoff: A good retailer can be hard to keep (10/01/16)
This News this week that Mike Brownsberger is closing his downtown Monett clothing store came as a blow to the Monett faithful. It's not that anyone will fault Mike and Gail Brownsberger for wanting to retire. Forty-six years downtown is impressive and warrants a great deal of praise...
Murray Bishoff: Goodbye to an old friend (09/24/16)
This week, Monett lost a friend, one of those special people who add to the tapestry of the community in ways that are hard to measure and harder to forget. Gayland Burkett was never going to be a civic leader. His reading skills were perhaps less than minimal. He could not drive. He came from very humble beginnings from a difficult family situation. He never had much...
Murray Bishoff: Making beauty out of the beast (09/17/16)
Seventy years ago, Monettans debated an improved flood control plan that would have built a bypass channel for Kelly Creek across the north side of Monett. While that area was not well developed at the time -- there had been little construction started on new homes the year after World War II ended -- people protested the plan as only moving the creek from one part of town to another. ...
Murray Bishoff: Training to avoid tragedy (09/10/16)
We don't have all the facts yet in the death of Thomas Sekscinski, the Aurora man shot to death by an Aurora police officer on Aug. 31, but several observations bear mentioning. One, it shouldn't have happened, no matter how well the law justifies the shooting...
Murray Bishoff: Out of darkness, bringing hope (09/03/16)
Monett has tried over the years, by many acts of community involvement, to reduce obstacles to quality living. Many service groups have either started to target specific challenges, such as Barry-Lawrence County Development Center to help preschoolers facing developmental delays, or gravitated around needs. The Kiwanis Club has focused on children, while the Lions Club has worked on vision issues...
Larry and Carleen Shanks: Readers thankful for Repurposed Faire organizers (09/03/16)
Dear Editor, Cheers to Ann Saunders and all the people who planned, prepared and participated in the Repurposed Faire last weekend! It is a great addition to Monett's schedule of events. We know it did not all come together without a lot of dedicated time and effort of everyone involved. It is very much appreciated...
Bob and Valeta Brown: Double rainbow in Monett also seen in Branson (09/03/16)
Dear Editor, We just got back from Branson and were reading today's paper and saw the rainbow picture. It was so ironic, as we saw this same rainbow down there. We thought it was a beautiful reminder that God is still out there, watching over us. Bob and Valeta Brown...
Austin Anderson (09/03/16)
Austin Michael Anderson, 19, of Butterfield, died Monday, Aug. 29. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville...
Murray Bishoff: When the road signs point in both directions (08/27/16)
This week, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt made a campaign stop in Monett that helped to illustrate the political divide in the nation, and the confusion left to the average citizen trying to sort it out. Make no doubt, Blunt has been a friend to Monett over the years. ...
Murray Bishoff: Winning the right way (08/20/16)
At the Purdy school board meeting this week, A. Todd Goffey, a managing director in public finance for the investment banking firm of Piper Jaffray, told school board members how impressive it was to see patrons in the school district pass a bond issue on Aug. 2 with 82 percent in favor...
Murray Bishoff: More good times, please (08/13/16)
This is festival weekend for the Monett area. There's Ernte-Fest in Freistatt, Howdy Neighbor Days in Pierce City and the Kings Prairie Benefit Concert east of Monett at the historic Kings Prairie school. Sad to say, there will be nothing to remotely compare with these offerings next weekend...
Kyle Troutman: Game safe: With great Pokémon comes great responsibility (08/13/16)
Much like the rest of the nation, and the world for that matter, Monett youth have been bitten by the Pokémon GO bug pretty hard. I was a child of the 1990s, and Pokémon cartoon debuted in the early 2000s. Much like many my age, the story of 10-year-old Ash Ketchum, traveling across the world catching, training and battling the real life animal-based creatures, was a mainstay of my childhood...
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