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Throughout the course of the current presidential campaign, President Trump has expressed concern about the threat of Democrats stealing the election. His concerns are well founded. This is the story … more
My column this week is directed toward those who consider themselves part of the Democrat party, specifically, in the four counties we cover, Maries, Osage, Gasconade and Franklin.  My … more
There is one week set aside each year to salute newspapers for the important role they have played in our nation, a role that goes back to the beginning of these United States.  This year, … more
Regardless of a person’s political views, the vast majority of Americans respect and appreciate the late Justice’s service to our country. It is my hope the judge who takes her place on the bench … more
The old saying goes, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” I’d like to add “and probably a firefighter too.” According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2019, a fire … more
Dear Editor: As the general election looms close a lot of people are hoping that their favorite candidates will win. Some will vote a split ticket and others will vote along rigid party lines. … more
To the Editor: Last Tuesday night, on national TV, Donald Trump exposed himself. If that statement of character revelation happens to also suggest an obscene display the crossover is not uncalled … more
To the Editor: The recent news regarding our President and his wife is evidence enough that no one is immune from contracting this virus. How many more examples do elected leaders need to convince … more
The country was cool and green as we wound our way down the state and county roads. The green of the trees is starting to fade but no color has yet appeared. The road sides are graced with the … more
As your state senator, it is important for me to know the priorities of the elected officials that are a part of my district. I reached out to every councilmember, mayor, alderman, etc., in the … more
I think if it stays cool I may go out and bow-hunt on the backside of my place, along the oak-hickory ridge where acorns are dropping. I am going to be sitting in a tree-stand hunting whitetail deer. … more
Many personalities in broadcast media do not pretend to hide their feelings of disdain — and downright hatred — for President Donald Trump, his policies or his … more
2020 has been a trying year. The coronavirus has taken American lives, shuttered businesses, caused children to fall behind in school and forced hardworking Americans who have lost their jobs to … more
Missouri’s recent veto session was another chapter in a long and fascinating legislative history. Until the 1970s, there were no veto sessions. Instead, prior versions of the state Constitution … more
Freedom is as precious as life itself. But its true value is rarely appreciated by people unless it is either threatened or lost. Although the human spirit yearns for freedom, tyrannical regimes … more
I’m a firm believer in America as a land of opportunity. I’m also a firm believer in the opportunities the land provides us. Here in Missouri, agriculture contributes an estimated $88 billion … more
It probably feels like the 2020 elections have been going on for years, and in a sense they have. Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, the political world has been girding for this … more
Despite two prior court rulings on Amendment 3 ballot language, the “No on 3” campaign notes this week that “false and misleading ballot language for Amendment 3 was distributed to voters in … more
Have you ever forgotten your wedding anniversary or your wife’s birthday? It happens. If you are like me, it only happens once. I guess it can be excused. Anniversaries and birthdays, by … more
The COVID death rate in the United States is one of the highest in the world, even with our advanced medical care delivery and resources. Many less affluent countries have death rates 20 times lower … more
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