On C of O, Lady Bears and Josh Hawley
No excuse for a fatal shootout on a movie set
The fatal shooting last week in a film production clearly shows the need to change procedures on set. Each weapon should always be considered loaded with live ammunition until proven otherwise. A redundant system of verification by at least three people on the set should be mandated.
In addition, very importantly, foreign and domestic firearms and ammunition manufacturers should be required by the ATF to place a specific color code on the end of the primer cap of each new cartridge. “blank” ball. This would give optimum clarity to the person loading the pistol that it is indeed a “blank” round, not a real ammunition round.
Film and film production studios should work with ATF and other agencies to make the necessary changes as soon as possible. It’s always sad to see a death that could have been avoided. Hopefully all the measures needed by all supervisory authorities will take place to stop others.
Kevin Corbin, Springfield
C de O unfortunately not what it was
Thank you for writing the C of O Sports Situation article. C of O has been an educational institution that has become well known in the United States and presents Southwest Missouri in such a positive way. One of our children and her spouse are graduates, as well as other family members. However, in recent years it has grown into an institution under the autocratic rule of one individual.
The school emphasized Christian, patriotic and democratic principles to its students as the anchor points for their education. However, in recent years it no longer represents democratic principles, but a school of despotic government. How sad for the students, athletes, college staff and Southwest Missouri. We have stopped our monetary support.
Eddie and Janet Howard, Springfield
Support Alzheimer’s Caregivers This Month
This weekend, President Biden recognized November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month with a proclamation. Her calls for more research for a cure and caregiver support came to mind as a caregiver of my mother who lives with dementia. The care needs of a person living with Alzheimer’s disease are vast and increase over time – on average four to eight years after a diagnosis. Many family caregivers juggle competing priorities, including work and other family responsibilities.
Missouri caregivers are often stretched. Many are overwhelmed. Most might need help.
In November, the Greater Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is asking all Springfield residents to reach out and lend a helping hand. Take the time to support a caregiver you know. Go shopping, help with household chores, give caregivers a break by spending time with the person with dementia, and educate yourself about the disease – the more you know, the easier it will be to help. Contact the Alzheimer’s Association to find out more and get involved. These small gestures will go a long way to supporting the caregivers during a year that has been trying for everyone.
Mark Applegate, Bolivar
Don’t worry, be happy, Lady Bears
Getting just votes instead of being in the Top 25 in one of the preseason polls is just a little trick before another season of goodies arrives. With high-profile programs on the non-conference calendar, the opportunity will be knocking on the door to enter the rankings. Like a year ago, when the Lady Bears faced the Maryland Terrapins in an iconic victory, look for other statement games to make the headlines this season because this story-packed schedule is a BEST SELLER.
Known for capturing the hearts of fans and the scoreboard above opponents, our Lady Bears will no longer be overlooked by anyone, as evidenced by their final game of last season in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 against Stanford. From the first game, the future national champion Stanford was ready to play his A + game. The Cardinal dominated the game in a one-sided 27-point victory that in reality was even more unbalanced. Compared to their landslide victory over the Lady Bears, Stanford has won 15 over Louisville in the Elite Eight or almost only half the margin of victory over Missouri State. Wire games were played in the Final Four with a one-point victory over South Carolina in the semifinals before edging Arizona by 1 in the championship game.
When on the big stage of national television, the point margin sometimes has a temporary carryover effect the following year in the polls. To avoid giving the impression that a program like the Stanford Cardinal’s is at a height beyond the reach of the Lady Bears, multiple defenses as well as ball protection are effective backlashes to an early knockout attempt. . The unpredictability keeps even the best opponent off balance.
Mike George, Springfield
Not a Democrat, but ready to vote for them now
I am not a democrat.
The Democratic Party of America strives to help American citizens meet daily challenges. It pushes things forward like: making sure every American worker has paid sick leave; help lift children out of poverty through tax credits; and, providing a pre-K education for all American children, with the success of future generations of Americans in mind. In addition, it attempts to create an economic industry and opportunities for the future through the use of alternative energy sources that will be needed for our nation – and humanity – to thrive. The Democratic Party is funding all of these beneficial policies by offering creative tax measures targeting the wealthiest individuals and businesses in the United States – who often find creative ways to pay a tax rate much lower than ordinary Americans.
I am not a democrat. But I have aligned with the current Democratic Party because it offers concrete policies that will help American citizens, American society and humanity.
I’m not a Democrat, and you don’t have to be a Democrat either. But if you see value in the policies put forward by the Democratic Party, you can help make it a reality by talking about these things with other people and voting for Democratic politicians.
Travis Marler, Springfield
Hawley Should Visit The Wizard Of Oz
In response to Josh Hawley’s rant about masculinity, I have to ask what is the real reason he’s suggesting this? Is it true that the next time the Republican underlings attack our Congress, they will have the strength to break through more barriers and do more harm to helpless and unarmed members of Congress? What you really need, Josh, is a trip to the Wizard of Oz!
Your people must seek the courage to stand up to an arrogant, selfish, egocentric, psychotic and mad Donald Trump, instead of curling up at the mere mention of his name! You have to look for a brain for your people to begin to understand how bad and unpatriotic your actions are, like claiming that Trump won an election he lost by almost 8 million votes! Above all, you need to seek a heart and stop telling people how bad vaccines are when they aren’t, by literally killing your own supporters just to earn political points!
Have a heart and stop cheating to win the election! Have a heart and stop supporting the rich among us, and start caring about the average Americans, many of whom are struggling to get by! Yes Josh you don’t need more masculinity you just need a trip to see the wizard which is way more real than the majority of the bullshit you throw up!
Edward Walski, Springfield