Growing up in rural Kansas, rodeo was a much anticipated family event. I can still remember that as a kid, the only part of the rodeo that held my attention were the clowns. As a child they were so much fun to see running around the arena in their funny clothes and acting silly. It wasn’t until later that I started to see what purpose they really served. They were a cowboy’s best friend and often literally saved their lives, while still making the little children laugh.
Rodeo is a great time-honored sport dating back to when this part of our country was settled by the farmers and ranchers. Many years after that it was still a good way to teach children the value of community, animals and competition, while having fun with their friends and family.
I’d like to think that what happened Aug. 10 at the Missouri State Fair rodeo isn’t what passes for standard behavior at a rodeo today. Is it now acceptable as rodeo entertainment to take an image of the President of our country, and ask the crowd if they want to see him “smoked” by the bull, and then encouraging the crowd to cheer louder as the clown mocks the image by slapping his lips with his hand?
The clowns used to be there to protect people from harm, not encourage injury or even death as “smoked” is sometimes defined. The clowns used to be there to provide entertainment, especially for the kids. What message did those kids in the stands take home with them (that) night? I know they were paying attention.
I was fortunate to attend a meeting of individuals in our community, many in leadership positions in education and other vital services to our county. This meeting was held in the Belton School District, and sponsored by a group called Coalition for Missouri’s Future. Coalition for Missouri’s Future is a group of citizens who have joined together as a collation of business, labor, education, healthcare and civic organizations to oppose bad ideas that stop Missouri’s progress.
The goal of the meeting was to learn more about a bill which was vetoed by Governor Nixon, HB253, and the reasons this bill should not become law. The Legislature has called a special session in September for the purpose of overriding the Governor’s veto of this bill.
House Bill 253 enacts an income tax cut of about one half percent resulting in a loss of revenue for the state ranging from $700 million to $1.2 billion dollars. Our local school districts, already struggling, will stand to lose millions of dollars which translate into cuts of teachers and services for our children. Health services for the most vulnerable in our communities would be cut. Further, there is a drafting error in this bill which would reinstate taxes on prescription drugs, which have not been taxed since 1979. There is nothing about this bill that would achieve the business friendly environment that television advertisements (paid for by a millionaire political campaign contributor) want us to believe.
As citizens who are deeply concerned about public education and who are small business owners, we ask that our legislators and senators do what is right and let the Governor’s veto stand on this ill-conceived piece of legislation.
Larry and Barbara Boucher
With the coming of the new Interstate 49, there was a great deal of publicity and talk about how the highway would improve the local economies and stimulate growth along its entire route. I will have to admit that I was skeptical, and as a Missouri resident, would need to be shown. Well, I guess, I was indeed wrong and that MoDOT and city leaders were right. It seems like only yesterday that we only had three auto part stores in Harrisonville. However, it will not be long before we are blessed with a fourth one. Now, if we could only get another fast food restaurant, we would be sitting on the easy street.
Keep up your good work, city leaders. It will only get better.
For your information, as well as for the public, the Missouri Ethics Commission has reopened the case against William F. Mollenhour, Jr., based upon new information revealed in a formal written complaint, dated Aug. 9.
The complaint alleges three important facts that Mollenhour’s claimed eligibility to be a Ward 4 Alderman is absolutely false and groundless.
The first fact involves the home address Mollenhour has the Missouri Dental Board since his dental license was reinstated on Nov. 16, 2010.
The second fact is the street address Mollenhour has on his Post Office Box in Harrisonville.
The third fact consists of the home address that Mollenhour and his wife have listed on a number of official documents, including a marriage license, driver’s license, and a voter registration application.
It should be quite obvious to the average citizen of Harrisonville that Mollenhour has been piling up one scandalous lie after another – and has been caught in his lies! Both he, as well as most of the city administration, on this point alone, cover themselves in a cloak of deceit.
St. Augustine once commented on the relativeness of truth: “He who conceals a useful truth, is equally guilty with the propagator of an injurious falsehood.”
Thus far, the facts surrounding Mollenhour’s specific and unique case have all been weighed by the false scale of custom, rather than by honest, sincere discernment and the rule of the law.