Cheers to Osage Beach land  donators, DNR (!), Halloween groups, and the Osage and Versailles football teams.

Jeers for cutting tourism funding


To Osage Beach land owners who donated a total of 87 acres worth nearly $3 million to allow for a double-diamond interchange in the Route KK-Nichols Road area when the Osage Beach Expressway is completed in 2011. Lengthy negotiations included Lake Regional Hospital representatives, Duenke Enterprises, Dogwood Hills, Osage Catfisheries/Sycamore Creek and representatives of Osage Beach.

To Missouri DNR for following through on the governor’s demand for thorough inspections of lake wastewater treatment facilities. Of course, filing a complaint with the AG’s office for enforcement by citing  the “serious and continuous nature of the violations” makes us wonder why it took DNR this long.

To the many organizations  that are hosting family oriented Halloween celebrations this weekend. From events sponsored by churches to civic organizations, there are a wide range of activities to choose from for kids of all ages.

To the Osage and Versailles football teams for clinching berths in the Missouri State High School Activities Association playoffs as the final week of the regular season brings a collision between the two teams at Versailles for the district title. Camdenton faces a tougher must-win challenge to make the playoffs when undefeated Rolla visits Friday night.

And Jeers

For cutting tourism funding for a state dependent on bringing visitors in from the outside. The old adage “Cut off your nose to spite your face” would be a pretty funny remark if it weren’t so painfully true. Missouri residents, businesses and the state all benefit from the $12.7 billion industry. To cut promotional funding when the entire state needs it most to compete with other areas makes no sense.