8-1 Letters to the Editor

August 1, 2014 

Dear Editor:

The past few primary elections there have been several voters that have expressed confusion with the process of selecting a ballot. It’s not really that complicated. Missouri is an open primary state. Voters are not registered as a member of any party. Only one ballot may be selected on which to cast their vote. Any voter may select a ballot for any party. Voters not wishing a party ballot may vote for independents and on all propositions and questions on the ballot.

Abstaining from voting in the primary election lets only those that cast a ballot make the decisions everyone has to live with. Qualified and unqualified candidates, tax increases, and constitutional amendments that benefit all or a select few can all appear on a primary ballot.

The primary election is the voter’s opportunity to help select the candidates they would most like to appear on the general election ballot in November and to help determine the fate of the proposed amendments to Missouri’s Constitution. I encourage all voters to choose a ballot and do their civic duty. Educate yourself and vote in the primary election.

Exact wording for primary election law in Missouri can be found in: Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 115, Section 115.397

Wayne Scrudder

Pleasant Hill

Dear Editor:

On Aug. 5, Missouri voters will have the opportunity to vote on Missouri Constitutional Amendments Nos. 1, 5, 7, 8 and 9, and may find the ballot language for these amendment propositions somewhat paletible with some exceptions.

However, if our voters would take the time and effort to read the complete language of the Legislative Acts of the 2014 Missouri General assembly authorizing the ballot, they will find that the ballet language does not completely reveal the covert intent of the majority of these propositions and the intent of their legislative lobbyists for special interest groups in Missouri and beyond.

As a Missouri voters for over 50 years, and a retired public servant with over 40 years of enlisted military, and appointed and elected public service I am voting “no” on all Amendments except amendment No. 8.

Our military veterans in Missouri who greatly need the care and services provided by Amendment 8 have earned and deserve Missouri voters’ support of this Amendment, although I, personally, do not patronize lotteries or other gambling in Missouri or elsewhere!

Ivan Waite


Dear Editor:

Once again, the Humane Society of United States has managed to use the old sleight-of-hand to cloud the issue. I’m referring to the recent and late political advertisement (to avoid countermeasures) on the Right to Farm amendment.

The foreign ownership (Chinese) of 50,000 acres for corporate farming is a complete fabrication. Missouri law limits foreign ownership to 1 percent. With only a couple of exceptions can a corporation own a farm in Missouri.

Amendment 1 does not relieve the farmer of humane treatment of animals. It does guarantee that the family farm can continue to provide food for the general population for future generations. There are more than 108,000 family farms in Missouri that need that protection from groups like HSUS whose main concern is not the care of animals but how to get funding (read your money) to pay their salaries and to fund anti measures in different states. Less than 1 percent of their budget goes to actual care of animals. Oklahoma’s Attorney General is opening an investigation into HSUS fund raising and issuing a consumer alert.

If you really want both sides of the story, then go to either www.mofarmerscare.com or to listen to an audio of one of the authors of Amendment 1 (Brent Haden) go to http://youtu.be/X9JNSTIAfH0. He will answer your questions about corporations and farming in Missouri.

If you have family or friends that live in Kansas City or St. Louis pass along this information so that they at least know the real issues.

Vote “yes” on Amendment 1.

Robert Flint

Cass/Jackson County

Cattlemens Association

Dear Editor:

There are three county candidates who have Republican Primary races that are good examples of those that would truly defend our liberty. Because they themselves are fighting for their own liberty and right to run for office. These candidates are Dave Morris, Presiding Commissioner; Ryan Wescoat, Auditor; and Judge Meryl Lange, Division 3, Associate Circuit Judge.

They are the more qualified candidates but do not have the Republican establishment, money, nor machine behind them. However, this is to their credit because they wouldn't owe the Republican Party anything or have political favors to pay back. Therefore, ‘We the People’ have a wonderful opportunity, as Lincoln said, of more government “of the people, by the people, for the people” in Cass County.

But the Republican Party with their tortuous tricks have gotten together and formed their little protection group. Endorsing candidates in the Primary in attempt to save the same old tired leadership and leadership style, with the same old tired message – maintaining the status quo, business as usual, and go along to get along politics. These actions fueled by party, private, and corporate agendas are not in the best interest of “We the People.”

Dave Morris has a family and family-owned business. Understanding the demands on the family, leads me to believe Morris would have the right priorities that we need in the Presiding Commissioner office, as well. Ryan Wescoat is more qualified and credentialed for the office of Auditor, than the incumbent. Wescoat would audit both Republicans and Democrats, honestly and fairly, with more professionalism and equitable treatment.

Judge Meryl Lange is the current Associate Circuit Judge in Div. 3. She was appointed by Gov. Nixon to this seat in Jan. 2013 when Judge Collins was promoted to Circuit Judge. Because she was appointed by a Democrat governor, the Republican Party is prejudiced against her. With the exception of Sheriff Diehl, the party has predominantly endorsed the other candidate, Stacey Lett, who has half the law experience. Please visit www.meryllange.org and see for yourself how special she is.

Everyone has the right to endorse. But using one’s office or party, in advantage to control and manipulate the electorate, is bully tactics. I believe, We the People, need to weigh in this August 5th Primary and vote for people that won't serve their party, over what's best for the people.

Sharon Neff

Garden City

Dear Editor:

As Mark Twain once said, “Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often and for the same reason.” We have several ‘dirty diapers’ that need to be changed this Primary.

One “Huggie” needs to go to the office of presiding commissioner. This seat is currently occupied by Jeff Cox. Jeff is a likable person, but does not make a good presiding commissioner. The commissioner meetings are interrupted by executive meetings, with no record of what’s going on behind closed doors.

Jeff's obsession with repairing the courthouse clock and ‘keeping up appearances’ seems more important to him than restoring part of the county worker’s pension (that would cost less than repairing the clock), which was taken from the workers by the previous commissioners. At least the clock is right twice a day. Not immediately rectifying this situation with the workers is wrong all the time. Now Cox is hiring an outside business to do, at tax-payer's expense, what we elected him to do.

The next “diaper change" is current auditor, Ron Johnson, who had no problem taking credit for other people’s initial work when former Democrat Missourian editor, Linda Thompson, led a public outcry which led to holding former commissioners Bill Cook and Brian Baker accountable for their actions. Only then, did Johnson move on a county audit. County audits are not to be used for political purposes and personal vendettas, such as targeting or trying to embarrass Democrats. Or withholding authorized checks needing to be disbursed.

But the biggest “dirty diaper" that needs to be changed is the old guard elitist Republican establishment. The party at the national level, along with the state and local levels, has turned the stars upside down on the elephant in their mailers and political signs. Why would they do this deliberate act to turn stars upside down? It would be akin to turning the flag upside down. There is a meaning to this and it stinks! The Republican Central Committee uses this symbol and Ron Johnson and Stacey Lett both have this on their campaign mailers, as well.

Do you know what time it is Cass County? It's time for a diaper drive and we might need to bring some extra wipes. True Patriots, on Aug. 5, let’s change these “diapers” and turn the stars right side up!

Chris Neff

Garden City

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