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As I reflect on the final months of term-limited state legislators who have made a profound difference for the state, I also remember Harriett Woods. While she gained national attention for her … more
Before the dawn of the digital camera, photographs in all newspapers required film, a dark room, plus chemicals for developing and fixing the film. To save money we purchased Kodak Tri-X 400 black … more
After months of restrictions, Missouri is finally open for business once again. The last few months have brought nationwide unemployment to Great Depression-era levels which has obviously hurt our … more
Down at the pool hall when I was a kid I heard some front bench regulars talking about the funeral they had went to. They said of the fellow being laid to rest that he was a guy who would give you … more
I have a bait box in my basement that is made for crickets. Personally, I never used crickets, I always had minnows and night-crawlers and crayfish for most of my serious fishing as a kid. On one … more
In order to protect both the health and the voting rights of citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the General Assembly approved legislation that will allow extended absentee voting by … more
Immediately following Memorial Day festivities at Lake of the Ozarks, we saw daunting national headlines like “Crowds pack venues in Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, ignoring social … more
Many K-12 schools have been closed for over two months -- and people are understandably panicking about students “falling behind.” Parents are frantically … more
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson recently announced the launch of a new Economic Recovery dashboard to help track the state’s economic recovery. “In the economy, we’re … more
Seems like every day, there’s some new piece of bad news making its way across the headlines. From the spread of COVID-19, to unrest in our streets, to financial concerns facing many … more
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s leading business voice, The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Friday announced its endorsement of Amendment 2, joining the growing coalition … more
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution spells out five rights that are guaranteed by our government. If you ask any random person on the street what those rights are, most would … more
“I can’t wait for things to get back to normal!” I have heard this statement more and more as this situation goes on. My question is, “What will ‘normal’ be when … more
There are some interesting similarities between Missouri’s governor and the nation’s president in dealing with COVID-19. Their refusal to wear face masks is the most visible. Both Gov. … more
So fractured is compliance with the Missouri Sunshine Law that state health officials — and at least some local governments — are impeding the release of vital information due the public … more
Recently, the governor announced that a ballot measure expanding the state’s Medicaid program will be placed on the Aug. 4 ballot. While ballot initiatives automatically go to the general … more
(Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at National Catholic Register). In July 1969, three American astronauts landed on the moon. It wasn’t just a great technical … more
Each week this column averages a little over 700 words. At times a subject or idea will pop into my head that doesn’t need 700 words to explain. So for this column I decided to break it up into … more
We first fished together fifty-some years ago, when we were teenagers in college. He was from the Current River country around Doniphan, and I had never been far from the Big Piney. Today Dennis … more
It was the summer of 1969. I was just 9 years-old. Like most young boys I had two plastic models I had assembled — one of the Saturn Rocket and a second of the Lunar module — just like … more
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