Marshall Democrat-News blogs Recent blogs from the Marshall Democrat-News newspaper in Marshall, Missouri en-us Capitol Report March 23 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) Happy Spring! Spring break continues until Monday. When we return, we will focus our efforts on the budget. Our goal in the House is to have the budget out of the House and on to the Senate by April 6. The final budget has a May 5 deadline completion and submission to the governor. Being at the midpoint of this legislative year, I believe it is appropriate to briefly recap some accomplishments achieved so far. During the first half, we have move forward with several initiatives,... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:53:51 -0500 Capitol Report March 16th (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) It was 100 years ago today, on March 16, 1917, the 49th General Assembly of Missouri met for the first time in our current Capitol. It was not completely finished with all the trim at the time, but legislators met in our current building after the devastating fire of 1915. Happy Birthday Capitol building! The state of Missouri received good news last week as the state’s jobless rate continues to decline. The Missouri Department of Economic Development released its latest data... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:40:33 -0600 Video Lottery Control Act Introduced In Committee (District 21 Column by Denny Hoskins) As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) by trade, I consider the label "bean counter" a term of endearment. As your state senator, you better believe I make it my mission to be the best steward of your taxpayer dollars as I can possibly be -- and that includes uncovering new ways to generate revenue without taking any more of your hard-earned beans than is absolutely necessary. With that in mind, this week I introduced Senate Bill 452, the Video Lottery Control Act, to members of the Senate... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:24:34 -0600 REAL ID Fix Act Heard in Committee (District 21 Column by Denny Hoskins) If you've had a chance to check the news lately I'm sure you've seen mentions of the REAL ID Act. I'd like to give you a little bit of background information about the REAL ID Act. When it was passed in 2005, the act required state driver's licenses to meet certain minimum standards, and some state legislatures were concerned the federal government would use the new policies to invade American citizens' personal information and privacy. Therefore, many states chose not to comply with the act,... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:46:18 -0600 Capitol Report February 23 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) Many House members and visitors to the Capitol wore purple on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in honor of Missouri Memory Day. The annual event saw hundreds of advocates make their way to Jefferson City to educate elected officials about Alzheimer's disease and the need to enhance access to care, support and services for people with dementia and their families. In legislative news, we undertook a variety of topics at the Capitol this week. The House debated several bills including unemployment system... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:42:24 -0600 What love do we celebrate (Shepherd's Heart by BOB STEWART) Last week we celebrated St. Valentine's Day -- a time when all thoughts turn to love and sweethearts and hearts, flowers and candy. But many do not know that San Valentino was a real man who lived, probably, in the third century and was martyred sometime between 296 and 273 A.D. Legend has it that a priest named Valentino was in the bait of marrying couples in secret so the husband would not have to go to was in the Roman army. Little else is known about the man, so we use his "day" to... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:29:19 -0600 Big Government Get off My Back Act Heard in Committee (District 21 Column by Denny Hoskins) Another busy week is coming to a close in Jefferson City and once again I'm doing everything I can for small businesses in Missouri. This week, a piece of legislation I filed called the "Big Government Get off My Back Act" was heard in the Senate Committee on Government Reform. Senate Bill 183, if passed, would modify several provisions relating to the collection of moneys by public entities. Specifically, it would limit the state of Missouri's power to increase user fees; and it would also... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:06:40 -0600 Capitol Report: February 16th, 2017 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) On Tuesday this week, members of the House and Senate took time to honor Missouri's military service members. Many of the state's top military officials made their way to the State Capitol to be recognized for their service during Military Appreciation and Awareness Day. The annual event, hosted by the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission and Missouri's Military Advocate Joe Driskill, illustrates the significant contributions and sacrifices of military service members and... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:40:46 -0600 Don't just pass them by (Shepherd's Heart by BOB STEWART) We all know someone, or lots of someones, who might be considered "elderly". They've lived long lives and raised their families. Some have had the pleasure of meeting, holding and loving their children's children, and even their children's children's children. They've also lost loved ones and old friends ... to distance and war and time and accidents and disease. While their memories are sharp, they remember the old days: jobs they've held, homes they've lived in, friends they've know, cars... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:11:39 -0600 Appropriations Committee Begins Budget Work (District 21 Column by Denny Hoskins) This week the Senate Appropriations Committee began the tough and necessary work of editing and finalizing the governor's proposed budget. As I've stated previously, I take the work of crafting the state budget very seriously. Your tax dollars need to be spent in the most prudent ways possible. Each department comes before the committee to bring their needs to our attention and explain where the funds will be used during the fiscal year. It is our job to listen carefully and consider the... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:31:12 -0600 As believers do we really believe (Shepherd's Heart by BOB STEWART) I recently was reminded of one of the songs I used to like as a young teenager, and one that has been re-written countless times to make it more "Christian." The song was made famous by a group named The Monkees, and the name of the song "Hey, I'm a Believer." But sometimes I wonder if we "believers" really believe what we say we believe. In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The word abundance is key in this particular passage of... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:24:04 -0600 Capitol Report - February 9th, 2017 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) This week included several visits from district career center students, dental hygienists, nurse practitioners, and libraries from the district including Boonslick Regional and Trails Regional Library. An interesting new program is currently being implemented in local libraries called the Remote Electronic Access for Libraries (REAL) program. REAL strives to connect public libraries with each other and with schools and universities through the Internet to ensure that public libraries are the... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:52:21 -0600 Discussion on Elected Officials Pay is Important (District 21 Column by Denny Hoskins) The discussion of elected official's pay is a tricky one, but a very important discussion that needs to take place. You might be aware of the General Assembly's action this week regarding elected officials compensation. If not, I'd like to take this opportunity to explain the process. Every two years the Missouri Citizens' Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials meets to discuss the compensation of state officials, general assembly members and judges. This group is made up of 20... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:26:20 -0600 Capitol Report, Feb. 2, 2017 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) This week the University of Missouri system provided some interesting research and economic development highlights that I would like to share. Here is list of a few highlights: St. Louis Medical Devices -- Created around an UMSL technology related to non-invasive blood glucose monitoring -- UMSL faculty member received $50,000 from UM Fast Track Program to develop the technology -- Licensed to St. Louis Medical Devices, a start-up created around the technology Nanova Inc. -- Initially... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:32:12 -0600 Feb. 1, 2017 (From the office of the superintendent by Dr. Carol Maher) Happy 2017 to Marshall and all Owls everywhere. Three individuals registered as candidates for the MPS Board of Education: Brad Guthrey, Tim Schulte, and Kathy Green. Since there were three vacancies and three candidates for board seats, an April election is not required and will save the district about $11,000. We say good-bye and express gratitude to Jeff Hemeyer and his work as board member. Last summer, a hail storm caused significant damage to the roofs of Marshall High School and the... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:33:02 -0600 2017 Legislative Survey (Reports from the 48th District by DAVID MUNTZEL) Things at the Missouri Capitol are in full swing. As reported, Swearing In ceremonies, Inauguration Ball, State of the State address by the new Governor, have taken place and Bills are being heard on the House and Senate floors. Committee meetings fill the hearing rooms both before and upon adjournment of Session in the House. Committees that I have been assigned are: Consent and House Procedure, Vice-Chair; Insurance Policy; and Local Government. My Capitol office is making my 2017... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:57:25 -0600 Budget and Right to Work on the agenda this week (District 21 Column by Denny Hoskins) This week in the General Assembly has been fast paced and packed full of important work. As I've mentioned in previous columns, I'm honored to serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee and eager to put to work my experience both on the House Budget Committee, as well as my expertise as a CPA. This week the committee began public hearings to discuss the best uses of your tax dollars. Traditionally the first few weeks of committee meetings for appropriations are for different entities to come... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:52:40 -0600 Capitol Report, January 26 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) House and Senate members convened for a joint session this week to receive the annual State of the Judiciary Address. Delivered by Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge, the speech focused on the reforms and improvements made by the court system, and the need to improve pretrial incarceration practices in Missouri. Also, this week, during a Veterans Committee hearing, the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission presented a briefing sharing five specific... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:17:26 -0600 Committees begin hearing legislation (District 21 Column by Denny Hoskins) The legislative session is off to a fast start and committee hearings have started at the Capitol. In my last column, I introduced you to myself and my staff, and this week I'd like to share more about the committees I've been assigned to and how I hope to help the constituents of the 21st Senate District while serving on those committees. This year I'm thrilled to be serving as vice chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources. The purpose of the committee is... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:26:40 -0600 Capitol Report -- Jan. 12, 2017 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) This week the legislature really got under way after the inaugural ceremonies of Monday. Ethics and gift bans were foremost on the agenda both in the House and in the Governor's office. I discuss this topic in more detail further on in the report. Also, we are continuing to add duties and assignments for this session. In addition to serving again as Vice Chair of Higher Education and as a member of the Veterans Committee, I will also serve on the Special Committee on Employment Security.... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:47:23 -0600 Work begins in Jefferson City as 99th General Assembly convenes (District 21 Column by Denny Hoskins) Last week I was honored to be sworn in as a new member of the Missouri Senate representing the people of the 21st Senatorial District. As I stood in the magnificent Senate Chamber and took an oath to uphold the office I have been elected to, I was humbled by the task before me, but excited to get to work for my constituents. It is a privilege to have the support of my family, friends and constituency as I begin this next chapter in my legislative career. I would be remiss if I didn't thank my... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:28:11 -0600 Capitol Report, Jan. 5 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) The 99th General Assembly First Regular Session has officially begun! Yesterday, the official swearing in ceremony was conducted on the House Floor and Representative Todd Richardson was elected again to serve as Speaker of the House. I was honored to be sworn in for a third time to serve as your state representative! Some important news for those who will be visiting the Capitol, beginning January 10, 2017 visitors entering the Missouri Capitol will be subject to search. X-ray conveyors and... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:50:24 -0600 First things first (Shepherd's Heart by BOB STEWART) As we enter into a new year, let's remember to put first things first in our lives. In the sixth chapter of the gospel of Matthew, Jesus instructs those who believe in him to focus on what is necessary to be a success as a Christian. Note, he does not tell us to focus on those things that will make us a success in the world. But, rather, a success as a Christian. He says we are to "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness." Many people put other things first. Some put their job... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:07:15 -0600 Capitol Report, Dec. 29 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) The end of the year is traditionally a time for reflection and resolutions for future improvement. Looking back over the past political year, I think it is important to try to gather the lessons from the recent cycle, and hopefully, improve the process for the future. Here are my thoughts. We Need Political Foresight Remember when you were young and you wanted sweets? If unsupervised, you ate and ate and ate sweets until you felt satisfied. However, an hour later you became so miserable you... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:29:15 -0600 Capitol Report, Dec. 22 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) Earlier this week, members of the Republican Caucus gathered to conduct winter caucus where we elected a new Caucus Secretary, my suitemate Rep. Jason Chipman, and discuss the upcoming legislative agenda. Among one of the topics discussed was an increase in Capitol security measures and protocols. These security enhancements are currently being implemented to coincide with the quickly approaching inauguration and related festivities. Now, on to a few lighter, holiday-inspired topics! Holiday... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:03:16 -0600 Capitol Report, Dec. 8 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) This week I traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend an annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs. The agenda covered important topics such as solutions to veteran health care and veteran treatment courts, and updates from the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Economic Adjustment and the DOD State Liaison Office, among several other topics. For a quickupdate, let's take a look at the DOD economic impact in our state.... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:30:55 -0600 Capitol Report - November 23, 2016 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) Once again there is negative news from Mizzou. A former tutor at the University of Missouri reported that she was encouraged to help student athletes with testing and even to complete entire courses. She stated that the athletes were involved in "revenue generating" sports which translates to football and men's basketball. This revelation comes on the heels of sanctions against the University of Notre Dame for assisting their athletes. Mizzou officials had no comment on the allegations. On a... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:32:54 -0600 Capitol Report -- Nov. 10 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) Election Day is finally behind us! Thank you to everyone in the 51st District for your support and votes. It is an honor to be your representative! As you know, Missourians had a number of important ballot initiatives to consider on Tuesday. As the final ballots were tallied, voters had decided to reject both proposed cigarette tax increases, but supported the other measures on the ballot. Below is a brief summary of the election results. Missouri Sees Major Changes on Election Day Headed... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:53:51 -0600 Capitol Report -- Oct. 27 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) Hang in there! Only a few more days of political advertisements on the calendar, and then we will vote. Be certain to vote this year as we are making many important decisions. Hab Center Changes As you know, the Habilitation Center in Marshall has undergone extensive changes during the last year. It is now known as Northwest Community Services (NWCS) and has had a significant change in mission. The goal now is to integrate their consumers, as much as possible, into the larger community. Last... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:38:02 -0500 Back around . . . again (Shepherd's Heart by BOB STEWART) Last week I wrote about coming "full circle" with my music and getting "back in the saddle" where performing publicly is concerned. This week I've been blessed with the opportunity to come "back around" in another area of my life. I was asked to get back into the news business as a lead reporter/editor for an area newspaper. And I am glad to report I accepted the challenge. When we first came to the Marshall area in the summer of 1996, I was traveling fulltime in the ministry. As things... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:08:17 -0500 Capitol Report, Oct. 20 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) Last week, our new Missouri Military Advocate held one of three meetings to inform and gather information from various stakeholders of military spending in our state. Joe Driskill, the newly appointed Missouri Military Advocate, the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission (MMPEC), and the Hawthorn Foundation sponsored the meeting in Kansas City. We learned several interesting facts from the preliminary study the office is currently conducting. In total, the Department of... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:47:10 -0500 Amendment recap (Reports from the 48th District by DAVID MUNTZEL) Election Day, Nov. 8, is now less than a month away. Most people I talk to say they will be glad when it is over. To say it mildly, this is an unusual election year, both at the state and national levels. Missouri State Representatives are elected every two years with limits of four terms. My schedule has been extremely busy finishing my second term. Caucus & committee meetings, Veto Session, parades and summer town events, church festivals, resolution presentations, drafting bills for the... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:56:29 -0500 Capitol Report, Oct. 6 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) A few weeks ago, I shared with you that Governor Nixon was back up to his old tricks by withholding funding from education in Missouri. As of yesterday, however, the governor has decided to reverse some of his budget cuts. Citing an uptick in state revenue, the governor released $12.1 million, including $6 million for public schools and $3 million for school transportation, which had been cut by $16.5 million. Nevertheless, despite this recent release of funds, as of today, $162 million of... Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:18:15 -0500 Capitol Report, September 29 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) Friday, I joined Representatives Denny Hoskins and Nathan Beard in hosting an informational meeting for interested groups of the Whiteman Air Force Base community. Newly appointed Statewide Military Advocate Joe Driskill provided a short update of his new office and the immediate goals he would like to achieve. He also informed us that he will hold a series of meetings around the state to publicize the importance of the military in Missouri. The U.S. Department of Defense is still on the block... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:48:27 -0500 Capitol Report, Sept. 8 (Reports from the 51st District by DEAN DOHRMAN) This Sunday the nation will pause to reflect and remember the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost 15 years ago on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001. In Missouri, the efforts of emergency responders are recognized with Emergency Services Day and Emergency Personnel Appreciation Day, both of which take place each year on 9/11. Both days are meant to acknowledge, with special gratitude and profound respect, all public safety personnel, including police, firefighters, ambulance personnel, emergency... Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:23:41 -0500 Wayward child? Come home! (Pastor's Column by The Marshall Ministerial Alliance) by Richard DeFord, Associate Pastor Katy Park Baptist Church During a recent conversation with a chaplain trainer who is helping me be a better counselor, he asked me a very interesting question: "Do you have any fears right now?" I do not consider myself a fearful person. Growing up in Florida, my longtime fear was always sharks. That fear was not based on reality nearly as much as a certain movie that came out during my childhood. I pondered his question and the main thing I could think of... Fri, 09 Sep 2016 12:16:42 -0500 From the Superintendent's Office (From the office of the superintendent by Dr. Carol Maher) To the Marshall Public Schools Community: The excitement across the district has been building for the past month, and the day after Open House, and the day before school started, you could almost feel it in the air! Then, the kids came back. How awesome are they? Our district is moving in such a positive direction, with such high energy, it's impossible not to be excited. Here's what's going on across MPS: 1. The day the teachers come back is probably the most important faculty meeting of... Fri, 09 Sep 2016 12:11:32 -0500 From the Superintendent's Office -- Sept. 2016 (From the office of the superintendent by Dr. Carol Maher) To the Marshall Public Schools Community: The excitement across the district has been building for the past month, and the day after Open House, and the day before school started, you could almost feel it in the air! Then, the kids came back. How awesome are they? Our district is moving in such a positive direction, with such high energy, it's impossible not to be excited. Here's what's going on across MPS: 1. The day the teachers come back is probably the most important faculty meeting of... Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:32:54 -0500 The origins of wisdom (Shepherd's Heart by BOB STEWART) In the Old Testament book of Proverbs, we are encouraged to seek after wisdom. Likewise, in the New Testament we are exhorted to walk in wisdom. However, in the epistle of James we learn that there is more than just one kind of wisdom; heavenly wisdom and earthly wisdom. James explores the differences between these two types of wisdom by making several contrasts. He begins with earthly wisdom, which is not from above. This is wisdom that follows the world's standards and is, therefore,... Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:10:55 -0500 Why we need to forgive (Pastor's Column by The Marshall Ministerial Alliance) by Rev. Dr. David Van Horn, President, Marshall Ministerial Alliance In the Gospel of Matthew 18:22, we find the subject of forgiveness. The question arises about how many times must one forgive someone who has hurt me, abused me, exploited me? This is Simon Peter's question in the text. How many times? Would seven times be enough? Peter thought that he was being generous. After all, the rabbis of his day taught that only three times were required. They said, "Forgive three times, but no... Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:10:45 -0500 The challenge of taming the tongue (Shepherd's Heart by BOB STEWART) In Chapter 3 of the Epistle of James, we find a discourse on that part of our body that seems to be the must unmanageable -- or untamable -- the tongue. James talks about how small but powerful the tongue really is. He reminds us that although a horse is very large, that strong and sometimes stubborn animal can be controlled by such a small instrument as a bit. He also speaks of a ship. These large seagoing vessels, though pushed across the waves by strong winds, are controlled by a... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:48:53 -0500 Fix it, Daddy! Fix it! (Pastor's Column by The Marshall Ministerial Alliance) by Lorel Box The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints I love watching children as they run headlong through each day, doing and saying the most amazing things. Often we can learn very profound lessons through little children. These experiences from my childhood demonstrate very important gospel principles. My older sister, Marla, then about 3 years old, had been given a big beautiful balloon! She loved her balloon and played with it all day long. Well, balloons don't last forever,... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:11:31 -0500 Truth of love: Follow (Pastor's Column by The Marshall Ministerial Alliance) by the Rev. Melanie Dees Campbell, Ark Ministries When we believe the truth that Jesus the Christ, Yeshua Messiah, died for the sins of all mankind and he is resurrected and lives, how are we to honor that? What does it mean to be a believer? James 2:19 states, "For even the demons believe and tremble (fear.)" We as believers are to be followers of the teachings of the most high God. True heartfelt belief results in following the spiritual laws of love when we walk as disciples of the... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:56:53 -0500 What kind of faith? (Shepherd's Heart by BOB STEWART) Faith is certainly an essential element in the Christian life. The Bible tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God; that the Christian is saved by faith; and that whatever we do apart from faith is sin. We must realize, however, that there are different kinds of faith, and that only one can "save" us. In the second chapter of the book of James we find a discussion about the different kinds of faith, with an emphasis upon that faith which works to the saving of the... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:17:10 -0500 Longing for home (Pastor's Column by The Marshall Ministerial Alliance) by Randy Shannon Cumberland Presbyterian Church I went to the basement to look for a box that would be suitable for recycling and found an idea for this column instead. On the shelf in a large, clear plastic tub was a container marked "Out of Season Clothes." Peeking through the sides of the tub were wooly house shoes and sweaters that I cannot fathom any possible use for on this particular day. It's summer and the heat index is around 100 degrees. The humidity makes working outside -- not... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:09:49 -0500 The transformation of one's life is in direct proportion to the alteration of one's mind (Pastor's Column by The Marshall Ministerial Alliance) by Pastor Mark Gooden Family Worship Center "Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." Romans 12:2 (NLT) One of my passions in life is to see others on a continual upward swing of transformation. It hurts me to see people in church hear the Word for many years on end, and be no different from the day they stepped foot through the church doors. God did not design life for stagnation. Nothing living... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:07:09 -0500 We have faith (Pastor's Column by The Marshall Ministerial Alliance) by Pastor Keith Jackson Marshall Church of the Nazarene As a missionary in Zambia, Africa, I enjoyed many opportunities to baptize new believers. One occasion in particular stands out. I had traveled the 650 kilometers from my home in the city of Kitwe to the small fishing village of Samfya, located on the shore of Lake Bangweulu. There was a new Nazarene church in Samfya and I went for a week to preach and teach alongside the Zambian pastor, the Rev. Paul Katongo. The week culminated with... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:06:36 -0500 When good is not good enough (Pastor's Column by The Marshall Ministerial Alliance) by Richard DeFord Marshall Ministerial Alliance We have all heard this phrase and perhaps we have even said it ourselves. When asked, "Will you go to heaven when you die," the answer is often, "I hope I have been good enough." But when is good just not enough? The Bible makes it very clear that there is no one righteous, not even one person except Jesus Christ. It also says that all have sinned and fallen short of God's standard. So in light of this truth as found in God's word, can you... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:05:57 -0500 Peace begins with Christ (Pastor's Column by The Marshall Ministerial Alliance) William Voelker, Pastor Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Our nation has experienced more than a few shocks in the past months. Anger is everywhere, it seems, and there is little peace to found in the public square. Old animosities, festering beneath the surface, have begun to spill out, while current injustices and frustrations pile up. There seems to be little that any of us can do, as individual people, to turn things around. While this is probably true on the national or state level, it is... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:05:11 -0500 What Is The Church (Pastor's Column by The Marshall Ministerial Alliance) David Sitzes Westport Church As I was thinking about what to put together for the religion section of The Marshall Democrat - News, I got a really strong urge to write on the subject of 'The Church' as if it had come from God, which it probably did, so I thought, 'Ok, I can do this', so I set out and started doing a lot of research on the subject, "The Church'. So just what is the "church?" I have had people come up to me, and my wife also, and ask "Where is Westport Church located?" The... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:04:38 -0500