The Reporter covers Miller, Morgan and Camden County in Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks and is published once per week on Wednesdays.
(Updated May 17, 2017)
Guest Editorial - Thank you Stephen Colbert
The recent vulgar outburst by comedian Stephen Colbert, host of CBS’ “Late Show” proves there are no limits for the leftists of America when it comes to trashing Donald J. Trump, the 45th person to serve as America’s president. Because this is a family newspaper, there is no way we are going to quote Colbert’s crude and vulgar remarks. However, if you haven’t seen Colbert’s vulgar rant, please watch it. It’s titled “This Monologue Goes Out To You, Mr. President (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaHwlSTqA7s” on YouTube.
Colbert defended his obscene remarks by saying that he was defending CBS host John Dickerson after Mr. Trump had given the CBS network 33 minutes on “Face the Nation” and 10 minutes on “CBS This Morning. The president, after fielding an endless barrage of negative questions before he finally tired of it and calmly cut off Dickerson, saying, “That’s enough. Thank you. ”To put things in perspective, it could easily be argued that Mr. Trump faced more CBS hostility in one interview than Barack Obama faced on CBS in eight years.
One would think that an attack of pornographic nature against the president would bring about an uproar. Think again. Leftists appeared not to be offended by remarks, except for the gay left, for disparaging same-sex activity. The only impression that leaves with us is that it is okay to treat the president in a gutter-like method, but don’t dare say anything that might be construed as an insult to homosexuals. Before you think we are homophobic, note that we think the gay left should be upset with Colbert, but so should all Americans for his complete lack of respect for the president.
At the same time, we can’t help but wonder what the uproar would have been like if similar remarks had been made by Colbert at the direction of our former president Barack Obama, or at the expense of Hillary Clinton. You know as well as we do, Colbert would no longer have a job. But, once again, the double-standard of the establishment media has reared its ugly head and Colbert, as far as we can ascertain, has not been rebuked in any way other than by the gay left.
Certainly Colbert is not in a class by himself. Mr. Trump has managed to make liberals looney. The list of celebrities who have wished him harm is lengthy; the establishment media, as well as a host of members of Congress have, repeatedly, questioned his mental stability, as well as ridiculing his family members. And, adding to the classlessness of many of them, the “F-word” has frequently been used before the word “idiot.”
Those on the right, certainly had as much dislike for Mr. Obama as the liberals have for Mr. Trump. But, do you recall conservatives reacting in the same manner the Democrats, especially their elected members in Congress and media members, have been acting toward Mr. Trump? Neither do we. It goes much deeper than ridiculing the president. Modern-day liberalism is responsible for anarchy in the streets of America and on college campuses, and is a very real threat to our freedoms.
Columnist David Limbaugh sums it up perfectly on what passes for modern-day liberalism with this very astute quote: “Leftists claim to be defenders of democracy, yet they assault the democratic process at every turn. They just refuse to accept the results of the presidential election. Their bureaucratic armies in federal agencies from the EPA to the Department of Labor, openly defy Trump’s executive orders. Their appellate judges twist the law into pretzels to thwart his lawful orders on immigration and his travel ban. They take to the streets to commit criminal acts of violence disguised as lawful protests, vandalizing property and creating mayhem. They assault police officers in the name of protecting American workers – as if the cops aren’t American workers. They use violence to silence opposing political voices on the pretense that those opponents might incite violence. Their behavior is almost too absurd to take seriously – except it has very serious consequences, so we must showcase it.”
Some of the leading pundits analyze the Democratic leaders are behaving in such a way because their followers are demanding such. Some leadership! But at least we now know what Mr. Obama was telling us for eight years about his philosophy of leading from behind! Please, let extreme leftists keep making jackasses of themselves so that the American people will get a full dose of just how extreme the left has become and will realize this extremism seems to have taken over the Democrat Party. T
hank you, Mr. Colbert, for your part in pointing this out. – Jack Krier
Guest Editorial - Low rating is deserved
After a brief two-month stint in which Congressional approval ratings shot up, public approval of our legislative branches has dropped sharply. In the latest Gallup Poll it was down nearly 10 points, to 20 percent, and will fall closer to the familiar, even lower, ratings. At the other end of the spectrum, two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Congress.
It is not unusual for Americans to hold a low opinion of Congress. Gallup has measured approval of Congress 286 times over the past 43 years, and a majority approved only 22 times, and almost all took place between 1998 and 2003.
The reason for both the spike and subsequent fall was attributed to the Republicans. In February, shortly after Donald J. Trump became our president, the rank and file GOP had hopes something might be accomplished in Congress because Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress as well as the White House.
However, two months into the Trump presidency, Republicans’ view of Congress soured considerably after the GOP’s failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a law widely opposed by Republicans. Opposition to it was a major factor in the party’s huge successes in the 2010, 2014 and 2016 elections.
Under the inept leadership of Speaker Paul Ryan, the Republicans managed to make a debacle out of a situation that should easily have been avoided. Ever since the inception of Obamacare, GOP congressional members have advocated for its repeal. Numerous times during President Obama’s administration, they voted to repeal it. But, when they have all the power, they lacked the leadership to follow through. What happened? Either the GOP establishment leadership is trying to sabotage President Trump’s agenda, or is inept at doing the job.
Another big reason Congress deserves a low approval rating is because, so often, members ignore constituents after being elected. Time after time, we have observed members going to Washington with good intentions, only to fail us by becoming part of the establishment that needs to be drained.
Others quit, disgusted with the system. Others become ostracized; and, if they don’t quit, are forced out at the polls. The recent defeat of Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Kansas, is an example. He bucked the establishment, which responded by defeating him in the primary. He was one of the best congressmen we have ever seen. Yet, his own party was instrumental in his political demise, because he dared buck the establishment.
The defeat of Huelskamp was a rarity as about 95 percent of incumbents are re-elected if they run. By playing the game the way the establishment demands, they are virtually guaranteed the job for as long as they like. And, what a job. The pay is $174,000 annually; there is a great retirement program; you have the best of health care; and don’t have to abide by some of the regulations made for common citizens. Under these conditions, it is no wonder the main job for most members is to work on being re-elected.
By the way, the average net worth of a member of Congress exceeds a million dollars, while the net worth of an average American household is about $60,000. All of this leads us to believe many, if not most, lose focus and have allowed their personal interests, as well as special interests, to be placed ahead of the interests of the American people.
Making matters even worse is their lackadaisical effort. They will be working only eight days in April. One of the big excuses for this is that they tell us they need to visit their districts to communicate with their constituents. Some do a good job of that; most don’t. And, we are sorry, but this is 2017, not 1776. There are all sorts of ways they can communicate with us while staying in Washington and giving us a full work week.
We are tired of their excuses and their lack of results. We have a national debt approaching $20 trillion, a failing health care system and disastrous immigration policies, etc., yet it’s only necessary for them to work eight days in April!
Mr. Trump is right. The swamp needs to be drained. The easy way for that to happen is term limits. That will never happen because it needs approval of those in the swamp. Another solution that will never happen is at the polls. For some reason, Americans believe their congressional member is great, (bring home the bacon!) but all others are horrible. Forget about that one, too.
The only realistic solution we see is if Mr. Trump is, somehow, able to drain the swamp. It will be an extremely difficult fight, but one that must be won if America is to remain great because if the current corruptness continues, our time as a great nation is about over. – Jack Krier
Editorial - Should the county be audited?
Should the county be audited by State Auditor Nicole
Galloway? The bottom line is yes, it should be but there are consequences to a
detailed audit and we don’t think the county commissioners have considered this.
Why have an audit? Simple, to see where the county has messed up or in some cases where they outright broke the law.
The reasoning, stated in the letter the commissioners agreed to send to Galloway, is for “integrity and transparency” which in some ways is a joke.
There are still unanswered questions concerning the alleged data breach that allegedly occurred last year and nothing has been released about any conclusions that have come out of that. If it’s still under investigation, they should put out a press release saying so.
It shows very little “integrity and transparency” to keep taxpayers in the dark for this long.
According to the posted minutes of the meeting last week, the commissioners said they want the entire county to be audited, not just one office. Which office would that be we wonder?
Could it be the office of County Clerk Rowland Todd who as an individual (not as county clerk) is suing each commissioner personally?
If the commissioners think the audit will show great wrongdoing by Todd they may be in for a surprise, and the same goes for all the other elected offices.
Those elected officials answer to the voters and taxpayers directly and not to the commission. The commission has no jurisdiction over those offices. The auditor will judge them by state statutes, not by the commissioners’ rules, opinions or feelings.
One problem that may not have been considered by the commissioners is once you set aside the elected offices, everything else falls under their jurisdiction.
Human Resources, Planning and Zoning, Emergency Management, Road and Bridge and other facets of running the county falls squarely on their shoulders.
If the audit request is accepted, then we expect them to find the most problems in two places. One would be the sheriff’s department but that won’t reflect that much on current Sheriff Tony Helms, since he just took office in January of this year.
The other place will be the county commission and one of the items discussed was adherence to the Missouri Sunshine Law and whether that has been followed.
We can answer that with two examples.
On March 22 of this year The Reporter made a written Sunshine Law request for various information. One of the requests was the “Contract or agreement of services between the Camden County Commission and Husch Blackwell LLP (Services engaged on February 28, 2017 according to Husch Blackwell LLP).
The Missouri Sunshine Law states that “If a request for access is denied, the custodian shall provide, upon request, a written statement of the grounds for such denial. Such statement shall cite the specific provision of law under which access is denied and shall be furnished to the requester no later than the end of the third business day following the date that the request for the statement is received” Missouri Revised Statutes chapter 610.023.1.
The Reporter has yet to see any response in writing as to why our legitimate Sunshine Law request was denied. That, in our opinion is a violation of the law and we could (and might) file suit against the commissioners for blatantly doing so.
The second thing is in the past (occasionally) there have been “informal” meeting items listed on the commissioner’s agenda. That means that at least two of the commissioners (which would be a quorum) have met with an individual regarding county business but since they called it “informal” no minutes were taken at that meeting.
Is it really “informal” if it is planned ahead of time and listed on the agenda and a quorum is present?
Are the county commissioner’s really aware of what they will get by whacking the hornets nest with a baseball bat? We don’t think they do but despite the fact that it will cost taxpayer dollars to do the audit (and we mean lots of dollars) we think it is a good idea.
They want to represent the citizens of Camden County with “integrity and transparency” and we agree completely with them. We just hope that they will feel the same way once the auditor finishes her report. – Dale Johnson
Guest Editorial - What a pleasant surprise
As we inch ever closer to President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, it is time for conservatives to celebrate his presidency, and realize just how fortunate we – and America – are that he won the presidential election.
We are not 100 percent confident Mr. Trump will continue to govern in the conservative mode that he has thus far, because he never exhibited much in the way of conservatism in his life prior to becoming our 45th president. Because of his lack of conservative credentials, I personally opted to throw my hat into the ring for a politician who had a proven track record as a conservative, Sen. Ted Cruz.
In fact, I dreaded Mr. Trump becoming the nominee because I thought it ensured the election of the very corrupt and inept Hillary Clinton. Now, in retrospect, Mr. Trump was probably the only candidate that could have beaten her. Mr. Trump took on the establishment media, lobbyists, the Clinton machine, the establishment Republicans, the Hollywood elites, and he is still standing today.
As we approach the ceremonial “100 days” we are very appreciative of what Mr. Trump has done and realize that neither Sen. Cruz or, for that matter, nor anyone else on the Republican ledger (most specifically Jeb Bush). would have come anywhere close to accomplishing what Mr. Trump has. Making his list of accomplishments all the more impressive is the fact he has had to fight the establishment media, Democrats and establishment Republicans every step of the way.
Their relentless pursuit never lets up, and their ridiculousness in charges is to the point that if Mr. Trump came up with a cure for cancer, the media and Democrats (but I repeat myself) would raise the roof, crying that Mr. Trump was responsible for putting doctors and hospital staffs out of work.
We marvel at how Mr. Trump is able to stand up to the effort to destroy him. The liberal media have managed to destroy every GOP politician since Ronald Reagan, most notably President George W. Bush, but they have not deterred Mr. Trump who continues to act like they aren’t even there.
In the words of columnist Kurt Schlichter “History will record that once upon a time there was something that called itself #TheResistance, and it was President Trump’s best buddy because it provided him the cover to ruthlessly dismantle everything Barak Obama and Team Libfascist tried to build. Whining, virtue signaling, and figuratively choosing to die on strategically insignificant hills while dressed like lady parts; these were its methods. Yet instead of defeating him, it only made Donald Trump stronger and helped ensure his crushing of its members’ liberal dreams.”
Mr. Trump couldn’t have written a better play book. While his opponents are grasping at straws in an attempt to derail his agenda, he continues to honor his campaign promises, and, thus far, has governed more conservatively than anyone since President Calvin Coolidge, and that includes our beloved President Ronald Reagan.
A short list of what he has accomplished includes the appointment of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, which was the top priority of most GOP voters the last election. That, alone, is reason enough for conservatives to celebrate his presidency.
But, the impressive list doesn’t stop there. America can now say goodbye to the regulations that impoverish our miners, to the codes that skyrocket our electricity bills in the name of the weird liberal weather religion, and to rules declaring that puddle in your backyard one of the “waters of the United States” and allowing some bureaucrat with a clipboard and a sneer to tell you where you can and can’t build a tool shed.
Thus far, he is also living up to campaign promises to build a wall, to defeat ISIS, build up our badly depleted military, decrease the size of government, increase religious liberty, support pro-life, anti-abortion culture, defend our Second Amendment, etc.
The only blemish thus far is the healthcare debacle and we put the blame for that on congressional Republicans, namely Paul Ryan. We are certain, though, Mr. Trump learned from that and another version will eventually be presented that will pass the Congress.
We have also been impressed with how often he is right and how often the media has been made to look so foolish as they try everything within their power to destroy him. For certain, we still have some reservations, but one thing is becoming increasingly clear and that is he is the last hope to save America, and we must not let the establishment succeed in destroying him. – Jack Krier
Guest Editorial - Why the Russian obsession?
We don’t understand it; we don’t get why so many people take Russia influencing our election seriously when there is absolutely zero evidence the Russians tipped the scale in favor of President Trump even after months of establishment media attempting to make us believe that if it hadn’t been for the Russians, Hillary Clinton would have defeated Donald Trump. (Could it be she was a flawed candidate?)
It continues even though Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are opening admitting they don’t expect to find active, informed collusion between the Trump campaign and known Russian intelligence operatives.
Even if the allegations from the establishment media and the Democrats were true about influencing our election – again, there is not a shred of evidence – bear this in mind: In allegations surrounding the U.S. elections, Russia is not being accused of anything remotely close to what U.S leaders have done to influence the elections of other countries. Of course, this history of meddling with elections across the planet is unfortunately absent from the establishment media discourse which allows a hostile climate on “Russophobia” to escalate by promoting it. And, as is all too frequently, it is based in hypocrisy and fake news.
Let’s take a look at past United States examples of election meddling: President Obama’s State Department openly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer grants to an Israeli group that used the money to build a campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s Israeli parliamentary elections according to a congressional investigation. He did this without as much as a protest from the party that is now up in arms over Russia’s apparently covert activity, still to be revealed. “The State Department ignored warning signs and funded a politically active group in a politically sensitive environment with inadequate safeguards,” said Ohio Senator Rob Portman, chairman of the subcommittee.
In the 1980s, Sen. Ted Kennedy and many of his fellow liberals were terribly misguided and foolishly saw Reagan as the greatest threat to world peace. Sound familiar? Sen. Kennedy had selfish political and ideological motives when he made secret overtures to the Soviet Union’s spy agency during the Cold War to thwart then-President Ronald Reagan’s re-election. When these surfaced years later, Kennedy’s secret contacts with the Russians through their KGB spy agency in the early 1980s didn’t cause a thousandth of the tizzy among liberals that Russia’s alleged interference with this year’s election has for President Trump.
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton also has a history of meddling across the planet in elections. The leaked e-mails reveal that as Secretary of State she worked very hard to influence elections in Latin American and proved that what the Democrats are accusing Russia of engaging in, are very mild in comparison to what has been actively done by U.S. leaders to influence the elections of other countries.
When it was feared that elections may go differently than they preferred, U.S. intelligence agencies have funded terrorist groups, supported people engaged in electoral fraud, and done everything possible to secure the results they wanted. Often, when countries elect or have governments they disfavor, the United States has supported military coups that overturned governments. Among them was the role Mrs. Clinton played as Secretary of State in the 2011 military intervention in Libya.
Isn’t it just a little bit disingenuous for those who orchestrated dozens of examples of election-meddling to react with horror if a powerful adversary with its own interests tried to influence in some way to impact the U.S. election? Are we so naive that we don’t expect such behavior in return?
With all the proven history of election meddling by the USA, why is the issue of alleged Russian influence in the last election still the overriding obsession of Democrats, the media and others?
The answer is the establishment, including the media, liberals and a substantial number of Republicans, believe a Trump presidency must be destroyed before it achieves another promise: draining the swamp in the Washington cesspool. The establishment is still reeling because candidates from both sides of the aisle were bulldozed under by Mr. Trump’s movement.
Establishment is scared to death Mr. Trump and his 60 million “deplorables” who voted for him will bulldoze their power-grabbing game. They are in for the fight of their life, and are grasping for straws to stop the Trump movement. – Jack Krier
Guest Editorial - Failure of establishment GOP
Republicans, especially House Speaker Paul Ryan, recently proved they have but one element: The cowardice of their convictions.
There isn’t an elected Republican in the House who didn’t run on repealing Obamacare. Last year, every Republican in the House voted in favor repealing the law, as did every GOP senator. To prove they had principle, they put a bill on President Barack Obama’s desk, knowing full-well he would veto it, and then pounded their chest, claiming a moral victory for keeping campaign promises.
For seven years the cowardly Republicans have told us how they’d repeal Obamacare just as soon as they had the ability to do so. In that corresponding time frame, voters handed the cowards the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House. Voters anticipated great results, although they were leery of how Donald J. Trump would lead. Thus far, he has been remarkable, keeping one campaign promise after another in spite of the anticipate enormous opposition from a hostile press, the main arm of the Democrat Party.
Regardless, none of that would matter because none of it could possibly serve as an albatross around the neck for President Trump to fulfill another campaign promise, that of repealing Obamacare, (Affordable Care Act or as columnist Arthur Schaper calls it the “Unaffordable Careless Act (ACA) forced through Congress by the Democrats without a single Republican vote.
Obamacare needs to be repealed – period. No replacement needed. This process could have been done within days. All Ryan had to do was search the archive of dead bills for the budget reconciliation of 2016. That bill would have repealed Obamacare, except for the coverage pre-existing conditions and allowance for children to stay on their parents’ healthcare plans until age 26.
Schaper says: “I believe that President Trump approved of those two aspects of the ACA (even though they should be repealed, and the opportunity for such benefits restored to insurance companies and locally-run agencies). It’s time to get back to basics and just do the right thing, yet the (GOP) leaders refused to do so. What is the matter with the GOP leadership in the House?”
Unfortunately, Speaker Ryan and the remainder of the House leadership is a part of the Old-Establishment, none of whom ran for office by promising to “drain the swamp” as did our President. Rather than going back to what they did in 2016, they opted to give us Obamacare 2.0 that did not lower insurance premiums; and did not give us access to quality health care choice.
Speaker Ryan, as do all establishment politicians, works for donors. In Ryan’s case, he has never done anything else in his 18 years in Congress. Why would he, all of a sudden, start now? The answer, based on his performance in Obamacare 2.0, is that neither he, nor his cohorts in the House leadership, will change. Perhaps somebody should inform them they no longer work for a President Obama; that there is a new sheriff in town.
The harsh reality of what transpired in the House recently is most Republicans are conservatives only when it comes time for elections. Their rhetoric of “repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a free market solution” was really just replacing one federally managed monstrosity with another. Sure, it might be smaller, but the concept remains – Washington is in charge.
Republicans need to keep their word and repeal all of Obamacare, and remove the other barriers government has erected to creating a nationwide health insurance market. States should be free to band together and reregulate to create large markets or become islands of regulation unto themselves.
When Obamacare passed, many Democrats in Congress knew they were committing political suicide. They did it anyway because they believed in what they were doing. We highly doubt there would be anywhere near the blowback as the Democrats sustained in 2010, and maybe just the opposite if the GOP had courage enough to repeal Obamacare. If so, it would be worth the price; lurking in the woods is the ultimate Democratic prize, the single payer system.
Republicans need to learn this lesson of courage of conviction. They also need to know we are not blaming Mr. Trump, but are blaming our legislators. Ryan and other GOP house members – save the Freedom Caucus – have proven they don’t have either any courage or any conviction to conservatism. If our nation, as we know it, is to survive, they must be replaced at the next election. God bless Donald Trump. – Jack Krier
Editorial - Our Government at work
Once again we have a conflict in the courthouse and once
again it involves the Presiding Commissioner. This, for some reason, is a
pattern that has been ongoing for a number of years.
When Carolyn Loraine was the Presiding Commissioner we received numerous anonymous letters about things she was allegedly doing in the courthouse, things the letter writer felt were wrong if not illegal. Nothing was ever proven.
Exit Loraine and enter Kris Franken. He was also accused of wrongdoing and when 2nd District Commissioner Cliff Luber took office he had a constant conflict with Franken.
During the reign of Loraine, 3rd District Commissioner Beverly Thomas had her office between Loraine and then 2nd District Commissioner Thom Gumm. Before Luber moved in, she moved her office where Gumm’s had been so she wouldn’t be between Luber and the Presiding commissioner.
We understood the intelligent reason she did that.
Franken was now the evil one (in some way, according to Luber and a few others) and Luber was the only righteous voice standing for the people (the ones he didn’t throw under the bus).
Luber joined candidate Greg Hasty to remove Franken from office and he succeeded.
That marriage didn’t last long at all after Hasty took office and then he became the bad guy (in Luber’s eyes) and the conflict between the Presiding Commissioner and someone continued.
Now we have another conflict in the courthouse and this time is has resulted in a lawsuit by County Clerk Rowland Todd and mainly Greg Hasty, though the other two commissioners are included in the suit.
Newly elected 2nd District Commissioner Don Williams had been in office just over two months when he found himself being sued as part of Todd’s lawsuit. Welcome to public service, Don!
Is there a real problem with megalomaniacal people constantly occupying the office of Presiding Commissioner or is there a deeper problem that is not being addressed?
Todd’s lawsuit claims that Hasty publicly said on the radio that Todd “stole” something from the Human Resources room.
Todd says he is being persecuted because he is the whistleblower in exposing the county commissioners wasting taxpayer money.
Hasty says Todd is not the whistleblower and points the finger at Todd for being a troublemaker.
If Hasty did publicly accuse Todd of stealing then Todd should be the winner of the lawsuit and the county needs to pay him compensation.
The report of Husch Blackwell’s “independent” investigation came to the conclusion that Todd did not break any laws in regards to any of the accusations.
(This assumes that a law firm that the county has used on a regular basis and hired by the county commissioners to discover if Todd is guilty can be “independent.”)
If people carefully read the report, they will find conclusions stated that are merely an opinion of Husch Blackwell (HB) and not a conclusion based on facts.
• “Based on a review and analysis of all relevant information, HB believes the removal and concealment of the records from the HR office was a planned and coordinated effort to undermine Christensen’s ability to perform her job duties…”
The word “believe’ is not a factual conclusion and is simply a belief. You could substitute the word “faith” for believe.
“Scientists believe that the dinosaurs died off approximately 60 million years ago.”
“Scientists have faith that the dinosaurs died off approximately 60 million years ago.”
“Based on a review and analysis of all relevant information, HB has faith the removal and concealment…”
Conclusion should be based on facts not on faith.
Another opinion of HB: “The video evidence, which shows that Todd (and Muscia) essentially ambushed Bozzardi when she was in the HR office, clearly refutes this bald misrepresentation made by Todd.”
And why wasn’t Luber, who was also named as creating the alleged “hostile work environment” (that HB concluded has no legal standing) given any space in the report except for mentioning his name?
Each one of those accused should have been investigated thoroughly by the “independent” investigation but Luber was not. Makes you wonder if this isn’t just a witch hunt on Todd and his office.
On the other hand, maybe Hasty is right. Maybe Todd is upset because the power of the Human Resources Department is not longer under his thumb and he’s throwing a fit about it.
If he can’t have the power then the entire county should suffer.
Only time will tell who is right but over the years the conflicts have consistently involved the Presiding Commissioner whether he (or she) was actually the guilty one.
In the end, this is costing the citizens of Camden County.
If Hasty did accuse Todd of stealing and it can’t be proven, Hasty will pay with voter outrage since the county will have to pay the financial cost the judge decides is fair to Todd and that will doom Hasty’s re-election (if he even runs for a second term).
And that money may be covered by the county’s insurance, or it may not. Does it cover when one elected official sues another?
If the insurance doesn’t pay then the county will be required to spend taxpayer money to settle the suit.
If Todd is wrong then he will come out of it looking like a sore loser just throwing a baby fit because he no longer has his toy.
We’ve had a good relationship with certain elected officials at the courthouse including Todd and we don’t believe for a second (have faith for a second!) that Todd is making this up.
We think there is a deeper issue here that is being hidden. If money is being wasted, then the state needs to come in and do a full detailed audit of Camden County (which would be a good idea anyway).
If Todd is wrong then he will pay a hefty price and that price may be removal from office.
No matter the conclusion, the taxpayers of Camden County will end up paying the price and may never know the real truth. – Dale Johnson
Guest Editorial - Two more for File 13
Ever since the shocking, stunning defeat of Hillary Clinton by President Donald J. Trump, the Democrats have been fumbling around for reasons (read that excuses) why and how their designated heir to the throne was denied her “rightful place” as leader of our great country. At first, Democrats concentrated on the fact Madam Queen won the popular vote and that should count rather than the Electoral College system which has been the determining factor since the founding of America. But, if you consider 80 or so percent of the 4.5 million votes garnered by Libertarian Gary Johnson, would have gone to Mr. Trump he would have won the popular vote.
If that’s not enough, throw out California and New York, and Mr. Trump is a run-away winner in the popular vote. Do you really want the populous Democrat states picking your president? Regardless, the Democrats finally succumbed to the fact it is the Electoral College and not the popular vote that determines the outcome. Consequently, they turned their guns on trying to twist off Mr. Trump’s votes. That failed, big-time, as Mrs. Clinton lost more electoral votes in the process than did Mr. Trump.
Shortly after that they turned their big guns (establishment media) onto something they thought was a sure-fire winner explaining Mrs. Clinton’s loss, and that was because the Russians hacked Democratic emails. They repeated this fake news (read that lie) for several weeks without one iota of evidence that it happened. It finally reached the boiling point and Mr. Trump got fed up with the constant lies from Democrats and completely turned the tables by announcing – with proof – that phones of the Trump campaign had been hacked, and this includes the felonious leaks that have occurred since Mr. Trump took office. (Editor’s note: to our knowledge proof has yet to surface on those wiretap claims)
There’s a whole more to be unearthed in this story, but that’s a subject to be dealt with later, but from all indications it looks like the Democrats are going to be very, very sorry they opened that can of worms. Regardless, it is another excuse for Hillary losing that can join all the others in File 13. Since then, the Democrats have been concentrating on the fact her loss can be attributed to the fact she was a woman. Recently she blamed her loss on her gender during a closed-door gathering on “Women’s Leadership and Opportunities” at Wellesley College, an elite East Coast school from which she graduated nearly 50 years ago.
“You know you are going to be subjected to unfair and beside-the-point criticism,” she said in response to a question on the difficulties of women running for office. We wonder by whom? Certainly, not the media. Just a few days ago Clinton’s “woman card” loss has been slapped down and by Democrats, no less.
A gender-swamping experiment was designed to reveal gender bias with the goal of the project being to prove that people would not have accepted Trump’s aggressive behavior had it come from a woman, and that Hillary’s debate style would be much more likeable if she were a man. It was conducted by two self-identified liberal professors, where actors of the opposite sex played the roles of the two candidates citing exact lines and copying body language and intonation. The professors and their primarily liberal audience were shocked with how hard the male version of Clinton was to admire while the female Trump “shined” in moments they recalled as the real Trump “flailing or lashing out.” The professors said, “We both thought that the inversion would confirm our liberal assumption – that no one would have accepted Trump’s behavior from a woman, and that the male Clinton would seem like a much stronger candidate. But we kept checking in with each other and realized that this disruption – a major change in perception – was happening.
“The expectation, held by myself and the majority of people polled before the performance, had been that Clinton would look ‘more presidential’ as a man and Trump’s lack of respect for, and aggression toward, his opponent would not be tolerated in a woman. Our predictions were way off.” They concluded that when the female version of Trump was attacking there was so much respect for her and her level of confidence, and that the simplicity of Trump’s message became easier for people to hear when it was coming from a woman. Another excuse for File 13. This brings us to the last – and only reason – that Mrs. Clinton lost ... she was a terrible candidate. The question is when, if ever, will Democrats come to that realization? – Jack Krier
Guest Editorial - Mr. Trump traps Democrats
There is a growing sentiment in America that the Democrats are depressed, disoriented, demoralized, devastated and discredited in the wake of perhaps the greatest start of any president in modern history. Some even fear that this sentiment has reached the point that the Democrats realize their party is in complete disarray because of President Trump and will do anything they can to destroy him. It appears they are to the point it is worth harming the country as long as it inflicts damage to Mr. Trump’s movement. And, it is a movement, not of Republican origin, but one that has came to be because of the way the two established political parties have inflicted harm in all sorts of ways upon America.
The extent of just how deep the disarray there is in the Democrat Party came to the surface following Mr. Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress last recently. Prior to that speech, called by most his best ever, Democrats were holding out hope Mr. Trump would not be accepted by a majority of Americans as a legitimate president. The speech was a nail in that coffin in regards to many “on the fence” realizing that Mr. Trump is our president. There was near 80 percent approval in many polls, including one by CNN, the network that never misses a chance to bash Mr. Trump. But, honest observers didn’t need polls to see what was transpiring. All one had to do was watch the behavior of Democrats in Congress during his speech.
The Democratic members of Congress watching the speech looked like a party of the living dead. They didn’t know how to react. Every time Mr. Trump called for bipartisanship for the good of our beloved country, they winced. They couldn’t stand it and didn’t know how to react because they are the least bipartisan people in the world and they scarcely know what cooperation is, as evidenced, by among other things, the lack of action they are exhibiting in allowing Mr. Trump’s cabinet-level choices to be confirmed. We, as will millions of Americas, remember the Congressional Democrat leaders who refused to stand with and for the president when he called for the war against radical Islam terrorism, (wasn’t it great to finally have a president not afraid to utter those words?) or worse, those who sat during the long tribute to the slain Navy SEAL. Sadly, later, many Leftist pundits also ridiculed his widow. V
an Jones, as liberal as they come, noted that it was a very successful speech for Mr. Trump, stating, “He did something tonight that you cannot take away from him. He became president of the United States.” To those who have recently acknowledged that Mr. Trump is our president, may we say the Trump America saw at his address to Congress is the same Trump we have seen since inauguration. Welcome to the club! Family Research Council President Tony Perkins went further, “Tonight, President Trump gave encouragement to Americans of all backgrounds who have suffered the loss of their freedoms, especially religious liberty, because of destructive Obama-era policies.” Perhaps, too, the Democrats now realize Mr. Trump has sprung a trap on them. The Democrat base demands a scorched-earth approach to politics, openly lusting for impeachment without the least bit of evidence for such. Their base demands no cooperation with the man they call a Hitler, while the rest of America is calling for racial and religious tolerance, jobs for Americans, and the destruction of ISIS. These are goals supported by all but members of the lunatic Left.
Democrats in Congress now have a choice of alienating their base if they cooperate with the president’s initiatives – Obamacare repeal/replace, the budget, the infrastructure program, and rebuilding the military – or driving away centrist elements of the electorate who traditionally vote Democrat but who saw a lot of common sense solutions to problems that worry them. That’s the trap Mr. Trump has sprung on them. With this speech highlighting his actions since his inauguration, Mr. Trump, much to the amazement and disappointment of Democrats, has revealed there is a statesman America has not seen since the days of Ronald Reagan, living within a complex personality that also contains a street fighter.
They certainly have to realize Mr. Trump can execute pressure on Senate Democrats facing the voters in 2018. Who doubts Mr. Trump, a man who loves to campaign, would fly around the country to states served by a Democrat senator, especially in states he won last fall, to campaign against re-election of those who stand in the way of his agenda; an agenda that will make him one of our greatest leaders. – Jack Krier
Guest Editorial - RIP: Norma McCorvey
Norma McCorvey died recently in Texas of a heart ailment at the age of 69. To most, the name, Norma McCorvey, does not ring a bell; however, she was, in fact, a very famous person. She was the “Jane Roe” in the Roe. v. Wade case that legalized abortion in America in 1973.
While she was well-known as Jane Roe, what is frequently, and conveniently, overlooked is what she did later in life. You see, she completely reversed field and became a strong pro-life advocate.
“I believe that I was used and abused by the court system in America,” she said in testimony in 2005 before a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary committee. “Instead of helping women in Roe v. Wade, I brought destruction to me and millions of women throughout the nation.”
Her story is an interesting one, and one that should continue to be told. Her testimony before the Senate exposed the truth about the Roe v. Wade decision, admitting the affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court “didn’t happen the way I said it did, pure and simple. I lied.” She said her attorneys “needed an extreme case to make their client look pitiable” so the premise of gang rape “started out as a little lie, but my little lie grew and became more horrible with each telling.”
She also said she was “lied to” by her legal counsel “to further their (abortion) agenda ... Since all these lies succeeded in dismantling every state’s protection of the unborn, I think it’s fair to say that the entire abortion industry is based on a lie.” Syndicated columnist Susan Stamper Brown said: “To that point, what good could ever come from a law conceived by lies and deceit? But apparently lies matter little to those bowing at the altar of self-ism.To them, abortion is a holy sacrament they’ll do anything to protect. They refuse to accept that even if you leave God out of the argument, life begins at the moment of fertilization and the child develops his own unique DNA. Without a doubt, the most dangerous place in America today is in the womb.”
McCorvey’s path to becoming staunch pro-life was interesting. Her early life had been a Dickensian nightmare. She was the unwanted child of a broken home, a school drop-out who was raped repeatedly by a relative and a homeless runaway and thief consigned to reform school. She was married at 16, divorced and left pregnant three times. All this background points to the fact she was too unsophistical to know she was being used for other purposes than just obtaining her abortion. Ironically, she never had an abortion. Some 20 years after Roe v. Wade, she began to work in abortion clinics.
“Like most Americans, I had no actual experience with abortion. When I began to work in the abortion clinics I became even more emotionally confused and conflicted between what my conscience knew to be evil, and what the judges, my mind and my need for money were telling me was okay. I saw women crying in the recovery room. If abortion is so right, why were the women crying? “I saw the baby parts, which are a horrible sight to see. I urge everyone who supports abortion to look at the bodies to face the truth of what they support.” As her conscience continued to bother her, she turned to alcohol to kill the pain. Her life turned in 1995 when an anti-abortion group opened an office next to the abortion clinic where she worked. She befriended a minister and within months was baptized as a born-again Christian. In 1998 she converted to Catholicism, and in 2005, begged that the monster she help created be reversed, claiming her “lawyers were looking for a young, white woman to be a guinea pig for a great new social experiment, somewhat like what Adolf Hitler did.
“Do you have any idea how much emotional grief I have experienced? It is like a living hell knowing that you have had a part to play, though in some sense I was just a pawn of the legal system. But, I have to accept my role in the deaths of millions of babies and the destruction of women’s lives,” she said while admitting her part in legalized abortion on demand “was the biggest mistake of my life.”
Even though she was forgiven, she had to suffer the consequences every day of what she had done. Regret it deeply and daily, but once a bell is rung, there is no way it can be un-rung. In the words of columnist Brown: “But, from what I understand about God’s grace, I wouldn’t be surprised if the One who has washed her sins ‘as white as snow’ brought with him to Heaven’s gates, the vast sea of 58 million precious kids, the victims of abortion, to welcome a weary Norma home.” RIP Norma McCorvey – Jack Krier
Guest Editorial - Trump: The Standard Bearer?
For at least two decades, we are on record advocating the citizens of the Soviet Union were better served by Pravda (their media) than the citizens of the United States have been served by our mainstream (elitist) media. Our reasoning is Pravda made no attempt to fool the people that they were an arm of the government. Compare that to our media which has made every attempt to fool the people, trying to convince us they are not an arm of the Democrat Party.
For decades, the media has acted as an arm of the Democrat Party. President Ronald Reagan had the ability to go around the media and reach the people, and this accounted for much of his success, but since then the Republican Party has lacked the intestinal fortitude to combat the establishment press. For some strange reason they all seemed to believe if they absorbed all the dishonest pounding the establishment media gave them, it was better than standing up to them, evidently hoping that, eventually, the media will learn to like them. What it did was leave the truth untold, and everyday Americans were left in the dark.
Until Rush Limbaugh revolutionized radio, there was no place to get an accurate accounting of news. Consequently, the establishment media kept feeding us fake news story after fake news stories and they were able to get by with it because there was no one to lead the opposition. As great as Limbaugh is, he wasn’t able to convince anyone other than a few million conservative listeners, that the media was dishonest.
Then, along came our standard bearer, President Donald J. Trump. In the 18 months that he has been on the political scene, he has been able to open the eyes of millions of Americans to the fake news game of the establishment media. He has been so effective that now the establishment media’s ratings are completely in the tank, even lower than Congress’.
According to a recent poll, that asked who do you trust most, Mr. Trump or the media, Mr. Trump is the winner. More than 90 percent of Republicans trust Mr. Trump over the media while nearly 70 percent of independents also chose Mr. Trump. That leaves only Democrats having a positive feeling for our dishonest establishment media. Add it all up and less than a third of Americans have even a fair amount of trust in the media. By way of comparison, it was 72 percent in 1976. This is a stunning development for an institution designed to inform the public, and was given special consideration by our Forefathers. America owes Mr. Trump a huge debt of gratitude for his leadership in exposing a dishonest media.
Mr. Trump is also correct in his assertion that the establishment media, in all of its dishonesty, has become an enemy of the citizens of America. It would be no problem filling the rest of this space listing examples of media fake news that have harmed America. A couple of them, however, stand out. First, is the “Hands up, don’t shoot” lie that the media relentlessly pounded America with, even after it became apparent the whole Ferguson tragedy was based on a lie. Had the establishment media done the job and blew the lid off the lie, as it should have, the subsequent rioting would not have occurred.
Another example would be the press refusing to challenge President Obama’s obvious lies when promoting Obamacare; i.e. keeping your doctor, keeping your plan, and Obamacare will save you money. Millions of Americans have unnecessarily been harmed financially because the media perpetuated his lies. The establishment press has become so dishonest Mr. Trump is absolutely right to skirt them at every opportunity. It is beyond argument that the media has not, nor will they start, to treat him fairly. Mr. Trump can not get a fair deal when the media filters and twists his statements. He must, in addition to blasting them with press conferences, continue his use of Twitter, if he wants an unfiltered agenda to reach his 46,000,000 followers on social media.
These are the reasons Mr. Trump chose to fire howitzers at the media in a recent press conference. It was a press conference for the ages and a message that conservatives have been waiting for decades to hear. Finally, we have a standard bearer to fight back against a biased, dishonest media. “Go Mr. Trump, go.”
The befuddled, seething melted down media is full of outrage and is wanting us to side with them. They still don’t get that we, those of us who aren’t liberal, despise them for what they have done to our country. They have ruined their own reputation and now want us to help them win it back. When will they realize they must start reporting the truth and quit obsessing over undermining our president in order to see their ratings begin to rise? Until then, Mr. Trump should keep punching back– Jack Krier
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