Here’s and Alert from Secretary of State John Ashcroft - there are big changes to opening and closing dates for candidate filing for the April 2022, General Municipal Election.
Candidate filing for the General Municipal Election, which includes school boards, municipalities, fire districts and other political subdivisions has been shortened by two weeks following the passage of House Bill 271. The opening day for candidates to file will be December 7, 2021, at 8 a.m. and the filing period will close on December 28, 2021, at 5 p.m.
“Municipal elections, perhaps, are the most important,” said Ashcroft. “It’s always inspiring to see individuals willing to run for local office and serve the people in their local communities. We want to make sure people are aware of this important deadline change.”
Important Dates for General Municipal Election Candidates:
December 7, 2021, at 8 a.m. -First Day of Candidate Filing
December 28, 2021, at 5 p.m. - Last Day of Candidate Filing
April 5, 2022 - Election Day
Ashcroft encourages Missourians to visit for trusted election information, news and updates.

The filing period used to start later and wrap up in mid-January. Something to watch for in this new schedule is holiday schedules, when offices might not be open. 
Check the filings notices, some of which start running this week, to be sure you can get in to file for office. 
Have a complaint about how things are run? Start going to the meetings to see for yourself and consider running for office. 

Veterans Day
What a great program West Platte and the American Legion put on. Social distancing is still a big thing - residents were encouraged to watch the live stream of the event, but there were still adults in attendance with students. The band and choir did magnificent jobs as did Mitch Giger on TAPS.

Social Distancing is going to be a thing for some time to come. Although the COVID vaccines have been proven safe and effective, there are still many among us who are more afraid of the cure than the COVID. 
Then there are those convinced that the shots will contain a tracking device to let the government know where you are at all times.
Do you have a cell phone? Then there’s someone tracking you now - and you’re paying for it! At least the vaccine is free - and tracker-free.
We’re headed inside for the cold weather and cases are going up again. MO West just reinstituted their mask policy in reaction to a rise in positivity rates and cases on campus. 
West Platte numbers are still low and we want to keep them that way.

And speaking of big business. The owners of those businesses have enough money to fund space ships and billion dollar foundations. They don’t need your Christmas money.
Your friends and neighbors with businesses do.
Our Weston businesses were lucky and skillful in surviving the Pandemic and shutdown, but months with little income takes a toll. 
Retail business is tough in the best of times, and we’ve just been through some of the worst of times. 
If you’re concerned about supply chains, look to your local merchants for ideas. 
We’ve been through inflationary times before, and the key is to adapt. 
Gas prices high? Drive to this town to save gas. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the wide range of products available for people of all ages on your Christmas list. 

That’s it from your locally-owned, non-tracking chip embedded, non-hacked community newspaper!

Beth McPherson, Editor
Weston • Platte County • Missouri

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.

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