Criminal Justice Reform Long Overdue

By Mike A. Bozarth
Monday, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill came out in favor of criminal justice reform.
State Rep. Glenda Kelly saw the need over 20 years ago when she represented St. Joseph in the Legislature.
I’ve been writing columns in The Telegraph calling for various reforms for over 23 years.
The [...]

South Side Progressive Showing How It’s Done

By Mike A. Bozarth
Something like 18 to 20 years ago my lifelong friend Earl Atlakson recruited me to join the South St. Joseph Progressive Association. It is a service organization started about 25 years ago, dedicated to the betterment and development of the south side of St. Joseph.
They have [...]

Libertarian Race May Pit Johnson Against Ventura

Consider Liberty, by Mike A. Bozarth
We have already heard much about the 2016 presidential contest.
On the Democratic side, most of the conversation has been about who could possibly deny the Clinton dynasty.
On the Republican side, most of the recent conversation has been about who could possibly deny the Bush dynasty.
[...]

St. Joe Native Webb Forms Presidential Committee

By Mike A. Bozarth
Senator Jim Webb Forms 2016 Presidental Exploratory Committee
Much media attention has focused on the likely candidacy of Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
There has been some talk about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA), Vice-President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The one thing they [...]

American Indian/Native Heritage Month

Consider Liberty, by Mike A. Bozarth
The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback from state to state, getting endorsements from 24 state governments, to have a day to honor American Indians.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint [...]

Need For Rail Road Bridge Isn’t Going Away

By Mike A. Bozarth
We don’t have enough money to build a bridge over the rail road tracks along U.S. Highway 59 near the Stockyards Industrial District.
I get that.
But that doesn’t mean the need is going to go away.
Tens of thousands of people are cut off from emergency services [...]

To Our Readers On Our 25th Anniversary

By Mike A. Bozarth, Editor and Publisher
We have picked up several new subscribers recently. I, and the rest of the staff appreciate you reading The Telegraph.
Sometimes to understand who we are, it helps to know where we’ve been.
The History Of The Saint Joseph Telegraph
The Saint Joseph Telegraph was first published [...]

Beyond The Prejudice

By Mike A. Bozarth
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Juneteenth Festival.
My favorite part of any festival (besides the food and music) is the chance to visit with friends.
I ran into some friends at Juneteenth whom I’ve known since I was 13 years old. My dad, then later [...]

We Need To Save Lake Contrary

I don’t normally pick fights–especially with those bigger than I am.
But today I take issue with a St. Joseph News Press editorial by Steve Booher that was in Monday’s edition.
“Sometimes it’s folly to fight Mother Nature,” was the headline for his column. He thinks our feelings for Lake Contrary are [...]

A Non-Smoker Asks For No Vote On Smoking Ban

By Mike A. Bozarth
I quit smoking last night so I could say that.
Actually, I gave up buying cigarettes Ash Wednesday for Lent. So far “this time quitting” has worked a little better than the three times I quit last summer.
This time I’m relying on an [...]

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