Monday, October 24, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
In the Springfield News-Leader article today, "Teachers will vote on contract," first the article reports that Springfield's public school teachers will be voting to approve or reject a contract reached through collective bargaining. The contract will solidify terms and procedures related to wage and benefit increases along with other conditions of employment.
Historically, such an article would have identified the National Education Association (NEA) and the Springfield National Education Association (SNEA) as teachers' unions, but what I observed was that the term "union" was omitted throughout the entire article and not mentioned in any of the sidebar information shared at the News-Leader site. On some occasions in the article, whenever one might have expected to see the word "union," it was replaced by the word "unit" and although the article begins announcing the contract was reached through "collective" bargaining, later, when identified, the "unit" was referred to as simply the "bargaining unit," rather than the collective bargaining unit.
These observations give rise to some questions we should ponder:
Why do you suppose the writer of the article or the editing staff of the News-Leader chose not to identify the National Education Association or the Springfield National Education Association as the unions that they are?
Did the News-Leader writer or editorial staff want to obscure the fact that these are teachers' unions because of recent controversial national union news?
Would such a seemingly careful omission of the term "union" imply whoever is responsible would like to see this action on the part of the SNEA fly under the local radar rather than command any controversial reaction?
Ask yourself those questions, and after you ask them you can judge for yourself whether there is a potential media agenda involved. I just wanted you to think about it beyond the surface.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
MO Director of Agriculture Hagler: Springfield is “the Hot-Bed of Garden Activity” for the State of Missouri and this Region
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
"The Christian graces are like perfumes, the more they are pressed, the sweeter they smell; like stars that shine brightest in the dark; like trees which, the more they are shaken, the deeper root they take, and the more fruit they bear." -- Beaumont.
I trust God will give me the grace I seek to make it through this day. I know He'll provide anecdotes for me to tell in my Sunday School class this week, that's for sure. Praise Him that He cares, praise Him that He wants to teach me. -- Now, I'm off to work.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Here is the link to the Associated Press article, published in the "Springfield News-Leader," regarding the tea party versus union protests at the Missouri Statehouse in Jefferson City
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
His new Web site address is:
http://www.crossing-the-world.com/, and he does a show from 7-11pm every week night. I watched the last thirty minutes or so of his show tonight. It was nice to see his shiny face and hear the voice of my old friend again. :)
Galen Chadwick of the Well-Fed Neighbor Alliance is on Vince's show every Wednesday night for those of you who'd like to check that out as well.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Sunday, February 06, 2011
I said, "...a guinea feather...."
You know, and you knew, grandma and I used to guinea egg hunt
on the Phillips' farm in Bergman.
Funny, I was busy googling for my cousin Mark
when you brought that
speckled and fading feather.
I found him on the front porch with his dachsund.
I found him at a familly reunion with grandma and grandpa,
Annabeth in the background,
Mark and I used to walk barefoot to Crooked Creek
(back when kids could be loosed for the day with no fear)
back in those Arkansas summer days.
Later, I would sit on the banks of Crooked Creek alone
my notebook and pen in hand, a Saul Bellow book for my companion,
the rocks a cold barren gray, the shade under
the bower, deep.
Once Debbie was there with me
once a whole creative writing class, and Dee Dee,
Dee Dee was the algae queen that day.
Those days were green and golden, and I was sad, and
didn't even know I had nothing to be sad about.
Memories seem like guinea feathers,
all speckled and fading.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
"Doreen Hannes has been a full time volunteer advocate for independent agriculture since 2005 and is a well-respected leader in the national movement to halt the National Animal Identification System, now known as ADT (Animal Disease Traceability). Doreen has written extensively on the topic of NAIS as well as authored and co-authored several white papers on NAIS and other topics affecting the consolidation of agriculture."
1. De-fund the bill through the U.S. House of Representatives
2. A lawsuit could be filed by farmers who have standing to do so
3. File a state bill opting Missouri out statutorily.
4. Missouri citizens could pass either a statutory or constitutional initiative petition on the ballot.
Jackie Melton is a member of the WFNA and a caretaker of a WFNA "Gateway Farm"