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 January 17, 2018)

Guest Editorial - Hoping for change

(Published 1-10-2018) 

It is possible that we are on the cusp of a seismic shift in the Middle East. If the protests in Iran ever result in the overthrow of that Islamic regime, the entire picture there could change.

That is admittedly a long way from happening, but it is good to see an American administration supportive of change there. Before the Islamic revolution in 1978, Iran was one of the United States’ key allies in the Middle East.

Just months after the revolution took place, Iranian students took 52 American diplomats and civilians hostage and held them for 444 days. Relations have never thawed in the years since.

Anti-Americanism has always been the backbone of Iran’s foreign policy. “Death to America” guides their activities and is the chant at their rallies. Iran has supplied weapons to the Taliban and ISIS. They supplied I.E.D.s, shoulder fired missiles and other weaponry used against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For example, in 2007 over 100 big .50 caliber sniper rifles were recovered in Iraq. They had been part of a larger order from the Austrian company Steyr legally made by the Iranian government. It took the weapons less than a year to travel from Iran to Iraq. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard uses Hezbollah, the Syrian militant/terrorist group to do their dirty work.

Over the years, Hezbollah has been responsible for attacks pretty much all around the world. They are active in Latin America which puts Hezbollah close to our porous borders. The most obvious threat that the Iranian regime poses has been with their pursuit of nuclear weapons. They have been under crippling economic sanctions for many years because of their never ending quest to become a nuclear power.

In 2015 the Obama Administration along with several other countries negotiated a deal that would lift sanctions in return for Iran backing away from the nuclear quest. The deal was one of President Obama’s proudest accomplishments, but others weren’t as excited because it seemed that Iran got nearly everything they wanted while the west got very little. Critics said that even if the Iranians follow the deal to letter it leaves them with a clear path to a nuclear bomb in 10 to 15 years.

While the U.S. was crowing about the deal, Iran’s Supreme Ayatollah announced, “Our policy will not change with regards to the arrogant U.S. government.” President Obama was so intent on making diplomatic inroads with the mullahs that he forgot the first rule in negotiating with people who hate your guts: deal from a position of strength. It is being reported, barely, that the Obama Administration was so intent on making the nuclear deal that they stymied law enforcement efforts to stop Hezbollah from running drugs into the U.S.

“They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down,” said David Asher, who helped establish Project Cassandra as the project was called.

Earlier, widespread protests broke out in Iran over election fraud in 2009 and hundreds of thousands took to the streets. The protests were brutally crushed. President Obama was widely criticized by the American right for not speaking out firmly for the protesters. But that might have harmed the nuke deal.

This time around, President Trump was quick to speak up. “Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government,” Mr. Trump said. “You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!” So you have to forgive anyone who has hope that the unrest currently happening in Iran leads to a more moderate country. An Iran less hell-bent on terror and destruction would be readily welcomed across the free world. - Frank Mercer


Editorial -  Dodging a legal bullet

(Published 12-27-2017) 

The city of Osage Beach came close to a possible lawsuit accusing them of religious discrimination, even though they probably never thought of that happening.

The problem was a Mennonite contractor wanted to do work in the city for a business but he doesn’t believe in insurance because of his religious beliefs.

The city requires contractors to have insurance, so a bill was brought before the board to make an exemption for religious beliefs if the contractor can show sufficient proof of financial responsibility.

Adamantly against the very idea was Aldermen Jeff Bethurem, who (coincidently?) works for the insurance industry.

We have no problem with insurance and think it’s a good idea for everyone to have some type of insurance but the man has a sincere religious belief against insurance.

The potential for a lawsuit, in our opinion, was very clear depending on the outcome.

In business, an employer is required, by law, to make reasonable accommodation for a person’s religious beliefs. A city may also be required to do the same. If they don’t, they can be sued for religious discrimination.

So let’s boil the Osage Beach problem down to basics: Someone wants to do work in the city but is unable to because of the city will not accommodate their religious beliefs.

That is illegal and if a lawsuit were to be filed in that situation – and it should be – the city would easily lose.

As it was finally passed (with Bethurem voting no) an accommodation now exists so the contractor can do work in the city if they show “irrevocable evidence of creditworthiness for the period of the contractor’s license.”

So in the end things worked out for the contractor, unless what the city passed is not “reasonable” and we think it is, but only time will tell. – Dale Johnson

Editorial -  Bah Humbug!

(Published 12-20-2017) 

(Editor’s note: We ran across this editorial that we printed in December of 2007. We forgot it existed but thought it was worth running again, since it’s still relevant today.)

Bah Humbug

That’s right, bah humbug.

The decorations hit the stores right after Halloween in order to get people in the “holiday spirit” but rarely do you find the name of Jesus mentioned.

Bah humbug!

The bell ringers hit the stores and people drop their coins and dollars in the little red bucket, but how many give all year round to help people instead of the once a year to ease their conscience?

Bah humbug!

The music begins to play in the stores in order to get you into the “spirit” of the season but what spirit do they wish you to have? The spirit of love, the spirit of giving, the spirit of thankfulness that a savior was born to bear the sins of the world?

No, they want you to get into the spirit of the season so you can buy things for their profit.

Bah humbug!

And the music that does play will be “Jingle Bells” or “Here Comes Santa Claus” or one of the other songs that have nothing to do with Jesus. Only in rare circumstances will you hear a song about Jesus played during the “holiday” season.

Bah humbug!

Though Jesus was not born on December 25 and most of the customs that are celebrated come directly from paganism, it is the one time of the year when the world allows Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus and even that is being attacked.

Disagree? Then try to celebrate the birth of Jesus in July. Try to sing Oh Holy Night or Away in the Manger or Silent Night in July and see how people react. It’s forbidden.

You’re only allowed to sing about His birth one time a year and only when they tell you it’s okay.

Bah humbug!

They tell you that they don’t want to offend the Jews or the Muslims or the Atheists or the Satanists or whoever so they use the word “holiday” instead.

And if they knew the meaning of the word “holiday” and its origins they wouldn’t use that either because according to Merriam-Webster the word “holiday” comes from Middle English, from Old English hāligdæg, from hālig holy + dæg day.

In other words, the “holiday” season means the “holy day” season. Chanukah is more than one day and Kwanzaa is not even a real holiday so what one day during this season is a Holy Day? The one they are afraid to mention.

Bah humbug!

Jesus said it best in John 15:18-19 “If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

Back to the dictionary: Bah - used to express disdain or contempt. Humbug - something designed to deceive and mislead, a willfully false, deceptive, or insincere person, an attitude or spirit of pretense and deception, nonsense, drivel.

To all the anti-Christs who are working to remove Jesus from the season, just a few words for you.

Bah humbug!

Editorial -  Obsession

(Published 12-13-2017) 

Definition of obsession: a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling; broadly: compelling motivation.

Many years ago the mainstream media would report on the news of the day and would do just that – report on it. In today’s world the lamestream media will pick a subject and become completely and unreasonably obsessed with it until we are tired of hearing about it.

The main example of their obsession is the fake news story of President Trump’s “collusion” with Russia to win the election. They have been obsessed with this for over a year and have come up with absolutely nothing to prove their accusations.

That, however, has been temporarily put on a back burner to focus on another obsession: sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment is not a good thing and people who are guilty of it should be dealt with but when the media gets a hold of this topic they start foaming at the mouth and it becomes the focus of their existence.

A recent example is host Matt Lauer.

On the (unfair and unbalanced) Fox news website the obsession was glaringly obvious on November 30. Under a photo of Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera all of the following headlines were listed.

1. Old clips of Lauer talking about sex toys in office now seen in disturbing new light
2. What did CNN boss Jeff Zucker know about Matt Lauer’s sleazy past?
3. Gillian Turner infuriated by Matt Lauer's apology
4. OPINION: Matt Lauer's out at NBC. Here's what would make this a true watershed moment, America
5. Matt Lauer was known to cheat on his wife, report says
6. NBC: Matt Lauer's sexual harassment accusers could number 'as many as 8' women
7. Brent Bozell: Matt Lauer and the sexual harassment hypocrisy
8. Matt Lauer could lose New Zealand farm for not being 'of good character'
9. Matt Lauer: Allegations mount against the fired 'Today' anchor
10. Matt Lauer on sexual assault allegations: 'I am truly sorry'

Are the idiots at biased Fox news serious? If Lauer is guilty of any wrongdoing then he’ll answer for it but to have 10 stories on one subject is ridiculous.

And don’t for a minute believe that the liberals and Hollyweird have suddenly grown a set of morals in regards to this subject. We believe there is a deeper motivation behind this and that is to destroy free speech.

It’s gotten to the point that if a male compliments a female coworker on her outfit or her hair then that’s sexual harassment and he’s fired. But if he doesn’t say anything complimentary to her then it’s discrimination.

This was the direction this country was heading during the reign of Bill “Bubba” Clinton. You couldn’t talk about certain subjects at work anymore and then Bubba had his encounter with Monica Lewinsky and all of a sudden people at work could stand around the water cooler and discuss oral sex.

But the move to restrict free speech is on fire from the liberals and accusing every man of sexually harassing women is becoming common place. It’s to the point where you have to be careful of everything you say or better yet, don’t exercise your right to free speech.

There are several colleges in the United States that restrict free speech and designate “free speech zones”. In other words, your First Amendment rights do not apply unless they say they do.

I got some news for you liberal idiots: every single inch of the United States is a Free Speech Zone. If you don’t like it, move to North Korea where you’ll feel right at home.

So the obsession will continue and if left unchecked, it’s only a matter of time before you will be told what you can say every minute of every day. – Dale Johnson

Guest Editorial -  Finally

(Published 12-6-2017) 

It’s said that if you can’t say anything good about the dead, say nothing at all. Were I to follow that advice I would not be able to write this column. To paraphrase Moms Mabley, Charles Manson is dead. Good.

If you don’t know who Manson was then stop reading now, your life is immeasurably better not knowing. Charlie, as he was affectionately known by his “family,” was one of the faces of evil of the last half of the twentieth century. It wasn’t that his body count was high, officially it was only seven victims. What made Manson, so terrible was his unrepentant glee and the way he basked in the limelight his notoriety brought him. Manson was the personification of everything that went wrong with the sixties.

He preyed primarily on young women who were lost, trying to find their way in all the nonsense that permeated that era. He gathered his followers to him preaching a philosophy of love, while filling them full of drugs and separating them from their families.

Manson thought that through the Tate/Labianca murders he could start a race war that would be won by blacks. A war that he and his cult would ride out in a secret underground city in the desert. It requires a lot of mind-altering drugs to make this seem even marginally believable. But, the crazy doesn’t stop there.

Racist Charlie told his followers that after the blacks had won the war, Helter Skelter, they would be incapable of governing themselves and would come to him for leadership. That is once he emerged from the secret underground hiding place. It is pretty easy to see that all of Manson’s plans were just delusions, the product of a sick mind, but at that point in the sixties he and his followers were not so far out that they were shunned.

They were able to mix with the less mind-numbed hippies, and even with celebrities like Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys and record producer Terry Melcher, the son of Doris Day. Those two worked with Manson to try to get him a recording contract, but it just didn’t happen. Manson was not able to find fame as a rock star, although the Beach Boys did record one of this songs. It was only after he sent his followers out to murder that he found the attention he so desperately wanted. Once his trial began, Charlie had found his stage.

From carving a swastika on his forehead, (his followers on trial did the same), to outbursts and stare downs and even ordering the murder of one of the defense attorneys, Manson relished the notoriety. And the media gave him all that he wanted and more. Manson and the women on trial cheated death.

After being found guilty and sentenced to execution they were spared when the Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in 1972. The media fascination never ended and periodically there would be rehashes of the story, or prison interviews or dramatizations on television. You can understand why the interest never died.

The 60s and the hippie movement were supposed to be about peace and love. The Family and their messiah were about evil and death. We’ve seen cults and their leaders since with many more victims. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple and Heaven’s Gate are most notable. Those ended with the tragic deaths of their members, not the murder of outsiders.

The times are right for another cult movement. Many young people believe they are being oppressed in the U.S. They see hatred directed against them on every front: gender, race, sexual orientation, climate, pick a cause and you can find an angry group.

What some share in common with those from the 60s is a belief that things are not moving fast enough in the direction they want and that society needs to be pushed. There may be another charismatic leader out there to tell them what they want to hear, but it won’t be Manson.

Charles Manson has finally died, and Hell is undoubtedly now a worse place. - Frank Mercer

Guest Editorial -  Take a break

(Published 11-22-2017) 

Can we just take a break from politics? Please?

I understand that politics is perhaps the number one spectator sport in the United States. Sport, because it seems that scoring points off the other side is often more important than what’s good for the country. It’s true that politicians, talk-show hosts and pundits need politics to make a living. But there are times when, for decency’s sake, politics should go dormant, at least long enough to grieve and show respect.

A mass shooting, a terrorist attack, or a deadly hurricane would all fit into that category. Wait to pontificate until enough time has passed to speak with a modicum of intelligence. There is plenty of room for discussion about guns, mental illness, and radical religion. But to figuratively step over the bodies of the dead to promote your agenda is disgusting. Unfortunately, what we often get is cynical self-interest.

Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff to President Barrack Obama and current mayor of Chicago, explained the goal, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” That is why as soon as the first reports start coming down the wire, we hear from the experts all pushing their agenda.

November 5, after the horrific shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which left 26 dead, the “experts” were out in force before the details were known. The calls for and against gun control started while relatives were still being notified that their loved ones had been murdered. That’s politics.

The following day, Ted Lieu, a Democratic Congressman from California, walked out of a moment of silence at the House, saying, “We cannot be silent. “We need to act now.” That’s politics.

When Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot and six others killed, focus fell immediately on the influence of the Tea Party. The gunman turned out to be crazed, not political, but the talk continued to blame the Tea Party. That’s politics.

When another nutjob shot up a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., murdering 12, he was immediately named as a Tea Party member. He was not, but someone who had a similar name did belong. Some reporter’s first reaction was to check the list of political opponents. That’s politics.

President George W. Bush was criticized for not going to New Orleans soon enough after hurricane Katrina. President Obama was criticized for golfing instead of visiting flooding in Louisiana. President Donald Trump was criticized for going to Houston too soon after Hurricane Harvey. The first lady was criticized for the shoes she wore to get onto Air Force One. That’s politics.

Neither side, left or right, is without blame. You just have to look harder to find examples of the right doing it. That is because the left is more skilled in the art, and because the media naturally calls out Republicans when they try it.

A good measure of the problem stems from the 24-hour news cycle and the need for high ratings. Measured, thoughtful coverage does not attract viewers in the same way yelling invective does. There are multiple reasons we live in a representative republic and not a true democracy. The founding fathers were smart enough to understand that the citizenry when brought to a fevered pitch by some event would demand action now.

Think lynch mob in an Old West movie. They put the House of Representatives and especially the Senate in place to be more deliberative in action and slow down the mob mentality. To see members of those institutions, and the ever hysterical media, try to further incite the population for political gain is just wrong. - Frank Mercer

Editorial -  What would Sam think?

(Published 11-15-2017) 

Many years ago we made the habit of listening to the great Paul Harvey on the radio. One of the points he always stressed was the nice, courteous nature of Walmart and their employees.

The customer comes first was the theme that was proudly touted by Harvey repeatedly in his broadcasts. It’s good that he passed before seeing what the company has devolved into these days.

What would Sam think?

Not long ago the Camdenton Walmart remodeled the checkout lanes and eliminated all the express check outs. They added a large number of self-checkout lanes. They claim it is a faster way for you to check out. That may be true to a point but there is another main reason for doing so: profit. More and more profit.

If they would have more checkout lanes open that were ran by people, then the self checkout would not be needed.

Even in the past there would be a few lanes open and most of them closed. Why? Screw you, that’s why.

What would Sam think?

Harvey used to love the idea and taught that if you came within 10 feet of a Walmart employee, they would greet you with a friendly greeting. Now you can almost physically bump into one and not a word will be said.

What would Sam think?

The main reason behind the self checkout lanes is more profit. Don’t be deceived into thinking that it’s a benefit to you, the customer. After picking up their items to purchase (profit for them) and going to the checkout lanes now you have to check yourself out. That way they don’t have to hire a person to check you out and the less employees then the more profit for them. And the main goal is profit first, customers second and don’t believe them if they say otherwise.

What would Sam think?

According to one report Walmart made a quarterly profit recently of 34 billion dollars. You think with that much profit they could afford to hire some real people to service the paying customers at the checkout but you would be wrong.

Years ago we would go into a Walmart store and look for the United States Flag hanging up. It used to be all over the place in the stores, promoting an alleged pro American stance.

For fun we would go look at the items directly under the USA flag to see which country they came from and it wasn’t the good old U.S. of A.

Yes they do have stuff made in USA but you have to look for it and read the labels and on some items they don’t tell you what country it was made in.

What would Sam think?

But profit is the bottom line and making their shareholders happy is far more important than convenience in the checkout lane for the customers and now that the Christmas season is coming up, profit is the main thing on their minds.

It’s sad that a once great idea started by Sam Walton has become the profit-driven machine it is today with customers delegated to a far second behind the almighty dollar but that’s the way this world works.

There’s a quote that we ran across attributed to Sam:

“There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”

So what would Sam think? We think that if he were still around today that he would be following his own advice and spending his money somewhere else besides the stores that bear his name. – Dale Johnson

Editorial -  A slap on the hand

(Published 11-8-2017) 

Let’s pretend for a minute that you are a soldier in the United States military, you’re in a combat zone and you decide to call it quits.

So you mail your belongings back to your family and send an email to your parents saying you are ashamed to be an American and you walk away from your post.

You are then “captured” (or did you join?) the Taliban and are held “prisoner” for five years.

In the mean time your fellow soldiers (the real ones) start a search effort to rescue you, endangering their lives and leaving some severely wounded.

Then President Barack Obama trades four terrorists for your “release” and you come home and are welcomed with open arms by Obama and other liberals even though desertion charges are flying around.

You are then charged with the crime and plead guilty to “desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.”

What should be your punishment, you deserter? How about a gentle slap on the hand and freedom?

That’s exactly the story of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

After pleading guilty, he received no prison time, a reduction in rank, a dishonorable discharge and will forfeit his $1,000 per month pay for 10 months.

This is not a joke. That is the sentence for this deserter handed down by some brainless politically correct idiot judge named Col. Jeffery R. Nance.

Nance didn’t explain why he didn’t do the just thing and sentence him to prison but he did give hints and that was a dislike for his Commander in Chief, President Trump.

Article II Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, the Commander in Chief clause, states that “[t]he President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States.”

During the trial Nance ruled that comments made against Bergdahl by President Trump during his campaign would be considered as mitigating evidence at sentencing.

What evidence? That’s a lame excuse to ignore the advice of your Commander in Chief and give him the finger and set the deserter free.

We blame this travesty of justice on a politically correct military leadership in Washington, D.C.

Don’t misunderstand us; we have respect and sympathy for the soldiers in the military it’s just a shame that their leaders are spineless in many areas including this one of discipline.

Proof of this lack of a spine by military leaders was mentioned in an editorial we did in June of 2014 entitled “The Rainbow Brigade”.

On June 30, 2014 Fort Leonard Wood held a “Pride Month” celebration and the speaker for the celebration was Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa Duncan, 787th Military Police Battalion, who “realized” halfway through her military career that she was a lesbian.

The “pride” celebration wasn’t pride in the United States or pride in the military accomplishments; it is a celebration of pride in sexual diversity.

Not heterosexual pride - that is never celebrated at public events anymore. This is homosexual pride, transgender pride and bisexual pride.

This politically correct way of thinking has infected the military leadership in all facets in this country and is a disgrace to all the men and women of the past who have given their lives fighting for freedom.

Someone pleads guilty to desertion they need to be punished accordingly, not given a warm hug and sent home. There is a price to pay and in this case the price was paid for by the true soldiers who were severely wounded searching for Bergdahl.

This Saturday is Veterans Day. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

So as you honor the military on Veterans Day, remember one person who doesn’t deserve any honor on that day: Bowe Bergdahl. – Dale Johnson

Guest Editorial -  Remembering Jack

(Published 11-1-2017) 

(Editor’s note: Jack Krier, who contributed to this paper [and many others] for decades, died on October 12 of this year. This editorial is from his business partner Frank Mercer.)

I became familiar with Jack Krier the same way most of you did, right here on these pages. His editorials and columns expressed strong conservative opinions and an unwavering belief in God, America, and the importance of family. He was never shy about saying what he thought, and never bowed to political correctness.

When I first discovered his writing, there weren’t very many conservative voices out there. It was surprising, almost shocking, to see someone who was unapologetic about his conservatism.

We were at neighboring papers and had not met in person when the great flood of 1993 drowned his printing plant. He called to see if we could print a few of his publications until the water went down. Some of the other printers he called saw this as an opportunity to make some big bucks. I figured it was a chance help out a neighbor, and he appreciated the fact I didn’t try to gouge him. During those weeks we struck up a friendship that became a business partnership. Both lasted over 20 years.

Jack was looking for someone to help so he could expand his business and gave me a shot. Amazingly, during most of our time as business partners, we did not have a contract. We made an agreement and shook hands. That was the thing with Jack. When he told you he would do something, he did it. And he did it with enthusiasm. Jack was never one to wait until tomorrow if it could be done today. He said you never know what might happen, so get it done now. Something may come up tomorrow that will keep you from it.

Rural newspapers lost a champion with Jack’s death. He spent his entire life operating newspapers in small towns. Newspapers that were too small to show up on the radar of the big chains. He did it all. That’s the way it was and is in small newspapers. You sell ads, write stories, take pictures, lay out the pages and deal with customers.

He started with hot type on Linotype machines (and had the burn scars to prove it) through the photo-mechanical typesetting days all the way into the computer age. When changes came to the business in the 1990s it became much harder for small circulation owner/operators to keep the doors open, much less make a decent living. Small newspapers began to close. Jack believed strongly that towns need a newspaper in order to thrive, and even to survive. He had a vision that would help keep some of those small newspapers in operation.

Jack saw that by absorbing many of the day-to-day functions into a central location he could keep costs down. That meant the newspaper employees could focus on the things that matter to the readers. There are multiple towns in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri that still have a newspaper today thanks to that vision. Jack worked tirelessly to make it all happen. There was nothing unusual about him starting the day early writing a story, editing, then interviewing, making sales calls and doing layout through the day then driving for hours in the night to a school board meeting, or ball game. In fact you could always count on Jack to volunteer to make that late-night newspaper delivery run even if it meant getting back at two in the morning. Driving wasn’t work to Jack; it was a chance to unwind. As long as he had XM radio and a supply of Diet Pepsi, it was no problem.

And drive he did, hundreds of thousands of miles. His Olds Silhouette minivan went through two motors and three transmissions. The dash was held down with a couple of lag bolts and if you didn’t catch the sliding door it would roll off onto the ground. We all told him to junk it, but he was certain the van had 500,000 miles in it. Darned if it didn’t.

Jack was so much more than what appeared on these pages. He volunteered his time for causes he thought important. He quietly helped people out financially, knowing that the loans would probably never be repaid. He listened when people had problems and was an AA sponsor. And so much more that could never possibly be detailed in so little space. So, Jack has earned a rest, although it’s hard to imagine him wanting or taking one. In the old days, journalists used the number thirty to tell the typesetter they were finished. It meant “the end.” I think that is perhaps the most fitting sendoff for Jack. -30-

Editorial -  Hollyweird

(Published 10-25-2017) 

The recent allegations about Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein should not really shock anyone. “Hollyweird” is a den of immorality and the casting couch is nothing new.

For decades there have been stories that women (and a few men) have been offered roles in movies or even the industry if they do sexual favors for some important person. Now it seems that everyone is shocked that this kind of thing would go on in a liberal left-wing industry.

And now all these “stars” are coming out saying they knew about it and didn’t say anything or they were a victim and boo hoo, cry me a river.

If they knew about it years ago or were a victim then why didn’t they say anything then? Simple, they’d rather have a very well paying job and fame rather than stand up and speak out against the person. After all, what’s one sexual favor in exchange for fame and millions of dollars?

We have no idea how many good actresses and actors have been prevented from ever becoming stars because they refused the casting couch but they made the right choice in saying no.

We do have many examples of this habit from the past, according to

Louis B. Mayer, who co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in 1924 is said to have also participated in this behavior. “If women didn’t comply, he’d threaten to ruin their careers or those of their loved ones,” Variety said. “Mayer also allegedly groped the teenage Judy Garland, according to Gerald Clarke’s book ‘Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland,’ and held meetings with the young woman seated on his lap, his hands on her chest.”

It’s also claimed that Marilyn Monroe in her memoir said “I met them all. Phoniness and failure were all over them. Some were vicious and crooked. But they were as near to the movies as you could get. So you sat with them, listening to their lies and schemes. And you saw Hollywood with their eyes — an overcrowded brothel, a merry-go-round with beds for horses.”

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino also said in an interview that he knew about the sexual allegations against Weinstein and regrets not doing more.

“I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino said in an interview with The New York Times. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”

Then why keep silent? Oh, that’s right, your career and bank account are more important than helping prevent the sexual abuse of women. So, Quentin, what then is the difference between you and Weinstein? You’re both enablers.

So this will destroy Hollyweird or reform them into a bastion of morality, right? Not a chance. This will be in the news for sometime and then it will slowly fade away because as much as the mainstream media loves a sexual scandal, they love Hollyweird more.

This will become a minor part of history and things in that fantasyland will go back to the way they are now and the casting couch will continue to be occupied. We won’t hear about it because the actors and actresses will keep their mouth shut (at least in terms of speaking out against it) because they want the fame and fortune.

Weinstein’s career and life may be done for but another powerful person will take over his habits and fill the void because the immoral sewer that is Hollyweird has no desire to change. – Dale Johnson

Editorial -  Rest in Peace

(Published 10-18-2017) 

We never met Jack Krier. It seems kind of strange to realize that after dealing with him for 10 years but we never had a chance to meet him.

We talked many times over the telephone but never got together in person. Distance and work always prevented it. Once he retired to nearby Warsaw we thought about finally meeting him but the old quote by John Lennon is true “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”

Jack spent many decades in the newspaper business and gave us, and the previous owners of The Reporter a lot of sound advice.

We found his column in an older issue of this paper (August 2, 2000) and he was the same Jack Krier, with a combination of political opinions (anti-Democrat) and corny jokes, like this one from that issue.

“Playboy Mansion hosts Demo Fund-Raiser – Yup, Hugh Hefner and his daughter are hosting a Democratic fund-raiser at the Playboy Mansion next month. Al Gore won’t be there but he has already accepted thousands of dollars in donation from both Hefners. I just hope the Playboy bunnies don’t pass out cigarettes. Never mind if they are clothed or not. Cigars, though, will be available.”

Many of our readers will miss Jack but not everyone. In the past 10 years we have received only two complaints about Jack’s columns and guest editorials and though they didn’t mention him by name specifically, we know who they were talking about.

One said that we should not disrespect the president (Barack Obama). That is the same thing as saying you should never say anything negative about any president and that is nonsense.

The other was a phone call that we received one day. We answered the phone and the first thing the person on the line said was “Why do you hate black people?”

That question completely confused us and we told him we don’t have the slightest idea what he was talking about. He explained that since we criticize Obama we hate black people.

(As a point of information to those out there in newspaper land, Obama was not a black president. His father was black and his mother was white [if all that is true]. That means he was mixed race and saying he was a black president is the same as saying he was a white president, neither are true.)

We eventually told the man that if he doesn’t like the newspaper, then don’t buy it. He laughed and said he will continue buying it.

Jack’s columns will continue for a while since he usually wrote them ahead of time and we may run some old ones as the “Best of The Town Krier” but eventually his column and words of wisdom will end.

Though we never had the chance to meet him in person we can hope to be a part of that great reunion one day in a better place and finally get to meet him there. – Dale Johnson

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