Jon AngellFrom the Publisher ... Jon Angell

A well decorated and lit house for Christmas is always nice, but when the effort is applied to something in motion, it just seems to intensify the effect. This season offers a couple of chances to see Christmas lights on the move.
I admit it. I never grew out of my youthful appreciation for the celebration of Christmas nor have I lost my childhood fascination with trains. Each year is a chance to combine those interests. (See the story on page one.)
Mostly by chance over the years, I have caught a glimpse of the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express as it traveled through my home town. I didn’t know much about it other than the joyful feeling it produces every time I see it. It turns out KCS donates a good deal to children in need through this public relations excursion. Salute KCS, well done.

I would also direct you to our newest contributor, Schyler, and her story on page 15. She describes a now over-decade-old holiday tradition that draws a huge crowd to Centralia – the Young Farmer’s Tractor Parade. Tractors and trains lit in celebration of Christmas are bound to move hearts to a joyful spirit for the holiday.

Also on the front page speaks of a few problems with moving some of the Economic Research Services out of Washington, D.C. This is one I have mixed feelings and not near enough knowledge of the details. As general policy, I believe that breaking up the chokehold Washington, D.C. has on the nation is a good and worthy endeavor. This metropolitan area has become a high priced elite monster.
Even back during the recent financial crisis and extended slow growth period nationally, Washington, D.C. not only continued its growth – it actually accelerated its growth and affluence.
I don’t want the Ag or Economic Research Services to lose their usefulness, but Washington, D.C.’s concentration of influence can’t be healthy to the nation in the long term.
Warren Buffet is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and become one of the country’s most respected and successful investors. His conscious decision to locate in flyover country, away from the concentration of New York City’s financial circles and influences, has been cited as a key decision in his success.
Walmart’s decision to remain headquartered in Bentonville, Ark. didn’t seem to retard their growth and effectiveness. Once again their flyover country roots have been cited as part of their success.
My common country logic tells me relocating much of the economic research and bureaucratic leadership in places like Omaha, Des Moines, Kansas City, or Oklahoma City instead of Washington, D.C. would be a long overdue good thing.
When any organization cites its dominate proximity to Washington, D.C. and all that implies, I start to question if that organization is part of the problem instead of the solution. The details of how things are done matter. But generally I like Sonny Purdue’s idea of getting out of Washington.

In our wide trade territory, losses of good friends and longtime customers are sadly a monthly occurrence. As a result, we too often are unable to recognize as many as we would like.
However, the passing of Maj. General Ken Staten is extra notable, and I’d be derelict in my publishing duties not to make record of this sad event.
My introduction to Ken was as a frequent seller at MVCC in Boonville. He often attended different events we had held. Several folks indicated to me that Ken’s “story” would be good for our paper, yet, after a few attempts it was a feature that eluded me and will now be told in brief through his obituary on page 21.
The larger story that I wanted to run, I found researching and prepping a few years ago. It ran in the July 2013 Hereford World magazine, entitled “Herefords in the ‘Black World’” by Sara Gugelmeyer. A Google search will yield a PDF of the article that runs six pages with photos.
If you would like to have a chance at the fruit of Ken’s devotion to the Hereford breed with some bulls and females, mark your calendar for March 10, 2019. We have been approached about hosting the Lilac Hill dispersal in our Boonville (MVCC) stockyard. Details to follow later.
We hope you enjoy this issue of the paper, thank you again for your continued support and wish you a very Merry Christmas!