The Hon. Ike Skelton on civil-militar...

The Hon. Ike Skelton on civil-military relations

There are 11 comments on the Spero News story from Nov 13, 2007, titled The Hon. Ike Skelton on civil-military relations. In it, Spero News reports that:

“Your Lexington friends support you fully in relieving MacArthur. Those making political capital out of this incident will get nowhere. That you should have relieved MacArthur before now is the general opinion here.”

On April 11, 1951, President Harry S. Truman dismissed General Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander in the Far East, when the General's views regarding the Korean War and China collided with those of the ... via Spero News

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FormerLexingtonR esident

Columbia, MO

#1 Jan 31, 2008
The Honorable Ike Skelton could remain in the U.S. Congress until his 100th birthday, and he still will not have done anything to directly benefit his hometown of Lexington.

“Why me????????”

Since: Dec 07

Bridgewater, MA

#2 Feb 20, 2008
I commend Congressman Skelton for coming over to Baghdad for Christmas and being with the troops from his area. I was one of the few that got to share lunch with him. It is good to know someone like him takes the time to talk with the troops. What do you recommend he do to benefit his hometown? I kind of think being the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee has a lot of responsibility to it. He is serving the whole country not just a small town. Being on the military side of things, a benefit he supplies to me, being from Lexington, is my housing allowance is higher than anywhere in the state. Pretty good benefit if you ask me. He does supply WMA with money every year, that brings income to the town by keeping the school operating. So, I think the real question that should be asked is, what are you doing to benefit your Former or Current hometown? One man is not going to change everything and make it all better.
FormerLexingtonR esident

Columbia, MO

#3 Feb 21, 2008
Lexington has always struggled to gain eligibility for federal grants of all kinds, particularly economic development; this is the Number One area where Ike Skelton has fallen short in serving his hometown. All of his seniority has meant nothing for job creation in Lexington, but quite the opposite is true in Knob Noster, home of Whiteman AFB, I grant you...

As for me, I've served my time in fighting to make things better there, and have now chosen to move on to bigger and better things.

If you become involved in city politics as an elected official, you won't believe what really goes on behind closed doors at City Hall.(I'll leave it at that).

Thank you for your service to our country, and Good Luck!
FormerLexingtonR esident

Columbia, MO

#4 Feb 21, 2008
A note about Wentworth Military Academy: It's true that having this school in Lexington is a big plus for the town. But it's equally true that Lexington and its residents are a big plus for WMA; witness the city vacating a portion of public streets for needed expansion by WMA as just one example.
former WMA cadet

Sterling, IL

#5 Jul 12, 2008
The school bought that street, because the local townies like to throw things at cadets & hassle them.
Remember the movie taps??? Now aday's that could realy happen !!!

“Homeless philosopher”

Since: May 08

Boulder, CO

#6 Jul 13, 2008
former WMA cadet wrote:
The school bought that street, because the local townies like to throw things at cadets & hassle them.
Remember the movie taps??? Now aday's that could realy happen !!!
HAHAHA!! That's a good one -- WMA "bought" a public street.

I know how city streets and alleys are vacated, having voted to approve such a few times as a city councilman. If money changed hands, it was done under the table as a bribe.

And how much do you suppose Lexington taxpayers coughed up for improvements at the Franklin Hole, so WMA cadets could have a movie theater there? Mayor Hayes made it clear at the time, that was the #1 reason for the whole deal.

I remember when WMA had the respect of the entire community. That's no longer the case, and I'd suggest you look in the mirror for the reason. How much dope did you smoke while a cadet? How much shoplifting did you do? Forty years ago, WMA cadets had too much self-respect and self-discipline to be petty criminals -- and they weren't crybabies about the "townies", either.

Get a grip and grow up.

“Why me????????”

Since: Dec 07

Bridgewater, MA

#7 Jul 13, 2008
The school did not buy the street, they purchased the homes that were across the quad from the Sanford-Sellers building. I was working there when they were purchased. As far as the whole movie thing, I dont think that could happen. What are you going to use, bb guns from the JROTC, or AirSoft guns? Give me a break.

As far as the cadets are concerned, the drug use and crime is typical of any type of school. I guarantee there is a lot more going on at the Lexington High School, but percentage wise it would be about the same. 40 years ago, you could discipline cadets. Nowadays you can barely call time out. Trust me from my experience it is very frustrating. That is just the way society has changed. 40 years from now, people will say the same thing.
Whatever happened to

Boulder, CO

#8 Jul 14, 2008
Commandant Mike Kirby? Taken in by a female Livingston County deputy posing as a 13-year-old girl online, he drove a WMA vehicle to a Chillicothe, MO motel to meet her -- and was arrested. Is he still in Missouri DOC?
Hard to discipline cadets with a pervert in charge! Kirby was a helluva football player at LHS, however, and made all-state his senior year; once intercepting six passes in a single game from his free safety position.

“Why me????????”

Since: Dec 07

Bridgewater, MA

#9 Jul 15, 2008
Just to give you the right story Whatever. LTC Kirby has been released from DOC. He did not pose as a 13 year old girl. He was propositioning a 13 year old girl in Chillicothe. He drove a WMA vehicle, the red pickup as a matter of fact. He was going to signal that it was him by putting his #1 Dad hat in the window. Yes it would have been hard for a perv to discipline cadets had they known he was that way. There were a select few that did know something was up but could not prove it completely. Trust me when you are told at 8 at night that he is not in the office and all the windows are closed or covered up, you have to think there is something going on. His activities director was no better, forcing the 7-8th grade boys to shower under his supervision after Karate class. I really wish they would have let us have some power to discipline the cadets utilizing our military experience to help us. I hate trying to be sensitive when all it takes is a swift kick in the arse to get what I need.
Whatever happened to

Boulder, CO

#10 Jul 15, 2008
I meant that the Livingston County deputy was running an Internet sting, and she was posing as an underage girl.

In fact, I spent a couple of months back in 2002 in the company of a WMA cadet who had been expelled, but then returned to campus and was arrested for possessing his mom's prescription drugs with the intent to distribute. I never learned the outcome of that case, but he claimed to have been aware of Kirby's weirdness for most of the time he was a cadet.

What has been the effect on Kirby's standing in the U.S. Army, in re retirement benefits, etc.?

He was someone that we all looked up to at LHS in the early 1970's, appointed to West Point and a very bright guy from a good family. I knew two of his brothers, Chris and Kevin, very well.

You have to wonder how long he'd been living a double life...

I've not had any opportunity to hear the reaction of the WMA Old Boys of my acquaintance, one of whom was a commandant way back when.

“Why me????????”

Since: Dec 07

Bridgewater, MA

#11 Jul 16, 2008
I think some of the cadets were smart enough to know something was going on but didnt have enough to prove it. It is a real shame that someone with that kind of backround in town would end up like that. I dont know how it effected his military retirement. I am fairly sure most of the Old Boys are not to proud of what he did.

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