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As an emeritus faculty member of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, I feel compelled to offer some thoughts about the recent controversy involving the tweets by two school newsroom … more
If I had to pick a half-dozen lures to take with me all the time no matter where I intended to fish, one of them would no doubt be the celebrated floating Rapala. While we were in Canada a few … more
A few decades ago, Missouri’s Senate had a unique visitor — a baby squirrel. Harvey’s chamber appearance was unplanned. Arriving to the Capitol late one day, I entered the … more
Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” This saying goes at least as far back as Don Quixote, written in 1615, and is probably much older. While the proverb’s wisdom is obvious to anyone … more
About three years ago I sat in the Jefferson City offices of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Enforcement Chief Larry Yamnitz.  Missouri citizens need to know his direct words to … more
For years Missouri has struggled to keep pace with the need to build internet infrastructure. Rural areas have suffered more than most. Over one million rural Missourians lack access to affordable … more
As we emerge from the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic, every state and local government, including our own, has begun to survey the economic damage caused by weeks of … more
I seriously doubt that there are any statues of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi let alone streets or providences named after him in Iran. He was the last Shah of Iran, ruling that country from Sept. 16, … more
As we emerge from the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic, every state and local government, including our own, has begun to survey the economic damage caused by weeks of … more
Somewhere out there, there is someone who owns a boat I am looking for. The history of that boat is something that goes back to my grandfather more than 100 years ago. He and his brother built his … more
I can see it now. To appease protesters — so they don’t feel threatened and unsafe — everything in the future will be named with numbers, similar to the numbers on our credit … more
I can see it now. To appease protesters — so they don’t feel threatened and unsafe — everything in the future will be named with numbers, similar to the numbers on our credit … more
I grew up in a segregated neighborhood where within three months of our Doberman’s death, our house was burglarized four times. Thus, a new architectural feature: burglar bars. I can’t imagine my … more
The Fourth of July is a time that we come together as a nation and celebrate. But it’s also a time for reflection. In my opinion, the Fourth of July provides an opportunity for each of us to … more
To the Editor: It all started several months back when government officials used the hyped up Corona flu to shut down our national economy. Furthermore, those same bureaucrats decided who was and … more
I remember catching frogs from the river when I was only about 13 or 14 years old. We used carbide headlamps like miners used, with polished globes. My goodness, there are lights today that bullfrogs … more
June is passing quickly as the entire year has done. I’m rather glad the pandemic is slowing down also. This is the fifth gathering of another year and this year is half gone.  All … more
How often do you wake up to a strange noise in the middle of the night? Maybe it’s the air conditioning kicking on, one of the kids going to the bathroom, or one of the countless sounds that … more
Missouri has a proud agricultural history that has helped shape our state into what it is today. Agriculture is our state’s No. 1 industry, contributing more than $85 billion annually to our … more
While the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has seen an uptick in recent days, Gov. Parson said the state’s recovery efforts remain on track. The governor said the increase in cases is not a … more
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