Quote of the week: “The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything – the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself.” – Bill Murray

Quote of the week: “There can be 100 people in a room and 99 of them don’t believe in you, but all it takes is one and it just changes your whole life.” – Lady Gaga

Quote of the week: “Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller

Quote of the week: “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

As we enjoy the time between the holidays, it’s a chance to reflect and be a little creative.

Quote of the week: “Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.” – Oscar Wilde

Quote of the week: “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson

Quote of the week: “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton

WASHINGTON -- At the beginning of his long and well-lived life, George Herbert Walker Bush, who in politics was always prosaic, acquired, by way of a grandfather, the name of a British poet and priest (George Herbert, 1593-1633). He acquired much else from family inheritance.

Quote of the week: “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

By this time, I’m certain many of you have finally run out of Thanksgiving leftovers.

Quote of the week: “Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” – Yoko Ono

Quote of the week: “You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk. It helps to know that you can survive it. That’s an education in itself.” – Carol Burnett

With the final two events Friday and Saturday, the fall sports season officially came to an end.

Quote of the week: “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.” — Walt Whitman

I was eager to see what the Kansas City Chiefs offense could do for an encore in 2018, but I didn’t expect it to be quite this entertaining every week.

Quote of the week: “Today you are You. You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss

As expected, judgments are being made about the pipe bombs before there is evidence that this or that party was behind them.

Republican Dave Schatz, Sullivan, is seeking re-election to the District 26 state Senate seat. He deserves another four-year term.

There are five candidates for state auditor, but the race has boiled down to incumbent Democrat Nicole Galloway and Republican Saundra McDowell. The other candidates are Libertarian Sean O’Toole, Green Party’s Don Fitz and Jacob Luetkemeyer of the Constitution Party.

onfusion abounds in the upcoming election. It is not only the amendments and propositions on the ballot, but one of the most confusing is the General Assembly House districts. People have lost track of which House district they live in.

President Donald Trump is a cheerleader in the blame game for the unrest in the country and his main target is Big Media, which includes major newspapers and television. Since he uses social media, he isn’t that critical of the internet.

We thought we had experienced just about all there is in the newspaper business, but the disappearance of about 1,200 St. Clair Missourians at the post office there last week is a puzzle that has yet to be solved.

We have all known for some time that something has to be done about South Point Elementary School, which is in need of major repairs or replacement. School officials and board members have known for years that the school needs to be replaced. 

Quote of the week: “Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister

Officials have issued a stern warning about trespassing on the new unfinished Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington. The state said violators likely will face prosecution.

Every now and then Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill distances herself from the radical element in her party. She did vote “no” on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, but she is against party radicals who want to impeach the judge.

Call it the Clinton legacy or a toxic disease, the liberal, fanatical left can’t get over the Hillary presidential defeat or the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation as a Supreme Court justice. The radical left plans to continue to attack Justice Kavanaugh and make life miserable for him.

Another well-deserved honor has come to Dale Gildehaus, head football coach at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School. A humble man and a keen molder of young men, when the call came that he will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, he said it “brought tears to my eyes.”

One of the many things that is difficult to understand is Americans’ dumbness in American history. This has been a growing situation as America ages. It has reached the point that a new approach to teaching history should be considered. We don’t know the answer to unlock minds regarding Amer…

Quote of the week: “If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty or back to pain and regret.” – Jim Carrey.

There have been few times in our nation’s history that could match the extreme disgust there is in our federal government after what happened last week in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Quote of the week: “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

Quote of the week: “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.” – Michael Scott

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