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The Missouri Senate concluded its work on an extra session to address violent crime this past week with the passage of several important measures.The session, called by the governor, specifically … more
When a person is found to have a communicable disease (COVID-19, HIV, tuberculosis, chlamydia, etc), one of the jobs of the nurses at the County Health Department is to identify those people who were … more
Well, after last Saturday (Aug. 29) no one can say that racism is not alive and well in the Owensville, Rosebud, Gerald area. No one can say that what happened  in Rosebud in 2014 when the … more
Some years back I took a pair of northerners on an Ozark float trip and in mid-afternoon dark clouds began to form to the west, with the ominous roll of thunder in the distance. I knew of a big, … more
We in the newspaper business have been concerned about the ability of the United States Post Office to deliver the mail in a timely manner for as long as I can remember — specifically … more
As most of you know, we had a graphic story in last week’s newspapers. A lot of people are asking, “Why would you print such a horrendous story?” The reason is very … more
This was the first week back to school for many students in the Third District. Since our state’s schools closed in April parents, students, and teachers have all stepped up to adapt to distance … more
The Senate Intelligence Report of August 19th deserves attention. The report is very damning in regards to Mr. Stone coordinating with a Russian spy, think GRU, for coordinating with Wikileaks for … more
We were flying to the Moon, we were finding life on Mars, we were dropping bombs with drones, we were getting bigger cars. We were building finer homes, flying out to warmer lands, we were busy … more
The Challenge of CoronaTo the Editor: In response to your article, I want to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for your reporting of a disturbing case that affects the whole … more
We are a nation adrift. Even before the pandemic and George Floyd’s death, the US was piling on problems with little sense that we had either the leadership or the political will to address … more
So you’re registered to vote. You’ve heard a lot about different ways to vote in the November election. If you haven’t decided whether to cast your ballot in person or not, don’t wait too … more
Dove season has opened by the time you read this. There are dozens of them here on Lightnin’ Ridge, feeding beneath the bird feeders, nesting and raising young and then watering at my pond just … more
In 1935 — during the great depression — President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced America to the “New Deal.” This was a reference to poker and the notion that some had been dealt a bad … more
 Of the numerous services the federal government provides, the United States Post Office (USPS) is one of the very few actually named in the Constitution. Our founders fully understood the … more
All across our state, children, parents and teachers are preparing to start a new school year. In a normal year, August means back-to-school shopping, the return of high school football and the … more
The dictionary definition of “hype” is a deception or put-on, or promotional publicity of an extravagant or contrived kind. But regarding medical advances, it might be used to refer to … more
Since June, I have been telling Missouri voters through print, TV and radio interviews to request absentee or mail-in ballots early and to return them to their local election authority without … more
Students across Missouri are preparing for the upcoming school year. Whether in person, virtual or a combination of both, it is important that students are up to date on routine vaccinations to help … more
A lady sent me an email about finding a dead buck deer in her pond, and another reader called to say he had found one in his pond too. Both were afraid the deer had Transmissible Spongiform … more
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