We print before the polls close, so we’ll have election results on our website (www.PlatteChronicle.com) and facebook page as soon as possible. 
This is a beautiful time of the year - all kinds of plants in bloom. Great time to spot the invasive Bradford Pear in the fields and forests around. It’s a beautiful tree in bloom. Problem is, it was supposed to be sterile. Nature finds a way, and the sterile trees soon cross pollinated with other pyrus varieties, and now they’re a problem. 
Alternative trees, if you choose to cut decorative pear down, include kousa dogwood, pagoda dogwood, serviceberry, flowering cherry, and fringetree.
Invasive, non-native species of plants crowd out the natives, upon which native animals depend. We, in turn depend on them to pollinate our crops, keep bad bugs in check and provide a food chain to support creature, great and small. 
We are trying to eradicate invasive plants from our yard - plants that seemed like a good idea at the time. Some were even promoted by conservation specialists before they also found out the species weren’t a good idea at all.

Supreme Court Launches Website Celebrating Bicentennial Of Missouri’s Courts
The Supreme Court of Missouri has launched an interactive new website, months in development, celebrating the 200th anniversary of The Missouri Judiciary. 
Available at  https://www.courts.mo.gov/bicentennial/, the website chronicles events across five stages in the growth of the state’s court system, from pre-statehood territorial courts to the courts’ shift to remote proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Missouri’s constitution – and the state court system it creates – both predate statehood by more than a year. Both were created in July 1820, but as a result of the Missouri Compromise, Missouri did not gain official statehood until August 1821 – 200 years ago this summer. The judiciary’s new website joins other Missouri 2021 efforts statewide to celebrate the state’s bicentennial.
The new website, which features interactive timelines, offers users a chance to explore the early days of Missouri’s courts, discover how the courts expanded to address the state’s increased case volume, learn how additional changes in the 20th century continued to strengthen Missouri’s judicial and legal systems, and explore how Missouri’s courts reorganized and diversified to better serve the state’s citizens. 
Its final timeline, from the judiciary’s much more recent history, examines how embracing new approaches and technologies are helping the courts improve their service to the people of Missouri.
“The delivery of justice through our courts has evolved monumentally during the last 200 years,” Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Mary R. Russell, and a member of the Court’s bicentennial committee and state’s bicentennial commission, said. 
“Though the mechanisms for improvement continue to develop, the courts’ changes over time have been driven by public expectations for innovation in service, increased access, and greater efficiency and effectiveness along with a desire to make our courts better for everyone. 
Although our early territorial judges would probably not recognize our courts today, the principles underlying our judicial system remain steadfast – the rule of law, the guarantee of due process and the opportunity to be heard.”
The website is designed to be fluid, so content can continue to be added to the timeline. 

  Opinion and Local

Below is an excerpt from Beth's editorial from this week.  The entire editorial may be found in this week's print copy of the Weston Chronicle or online here.

Beth McPherson, Editor
Weston • Platte County • Missouri