Amendment 2 would allow a judge to decide to allow relevant evidence of prior criminal acts in prosecutions of child sexual assault. If a person is a repeat child sex offender the jury needs to know that information! You can bet I support this one!
Amendment 6 would allow voting by mail or in person for six business days prior to an election. We placed this one on the ballot to prevent special interest groups in St Louis and Kansas City from establishing a 30-day early vote. I'll have to vote yes because of that.
Amendment 10 would prevent the Governor from making withholds from education and other necessary state services in order to provide political leverage. There are adequate safeguards on the State Budget process without allowing the chief executive powers that the President doesn't even have. I'm voting in favor of this one.
Feel free to call me if you want more information on the Amendments.
Tuesday evening I was invited to a Newton County Cattlemen's dinner in Pineville. John Hobbs from the Extension Office was the speaker and he gave a great presentation on the new noxious weed problem of Spotted Knapweed. This thing has the potential of doing even more damage to pastures than Thistle and it has been seen all over the county. It is most prevalent along the roadways where it has gotten started by seeds falling from trucks bringing hay from the west where it thrives. John has more info on how to get rid of it before it really becomes a problem.
Saturday started with the annual New-Mac meeting at Crowder. I couldn't even guess how many people were there! They had a great slide presentation on the last 75 years and it was extremely well done. In 1939, Mr. Sims of McDonald County signed up 200 of his friends and neighbors who wanted to start an electric co-op with the new REA. That got the ball rolling and the next year he encouraged 300 people in Newton County to join them and New-Mac was born! The rest, as they say, is history. From the very beginnings they have had two major goals, Safety and Customer Service. We have some of the most affordable and dependable energy in the nation as a result of their dedicated efforts. Virgil Winchester of Southwest City can attest to that, he has been a board member for 49 years!
From there we went to Racine for the Seneca Area Fire Protection District's open house. Chief Manford Vangunda showed us the equipment and facilities and we were able to watch some confined space training. All our area volunteer departments deserve our praise and support for their hard work and dedication.
More next week. Don't forget the two scary days that are coming up, Halloween and the end of Daylight Savings Time.