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This may come as a shock to many of you, but social distancing, business being shut down, school closure -— elementary through college — and the cancellation of all sporting events will … more
Next week, I am going to spend several nights on some lake in my camp-boat and hunt turkeys. I intend to take a long my johnboat to use for fishing. I will set a trotline, hunt mushrooms and … more
Dear Editor: The 2020 Census is our chance to make sure the hard-earned tax dollars we send to Washington D.C. make their way back to Washington County and the Meramec Region. For every adult and … more
I am going to start my column this week with a quote from Otto von Bismarck, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” Bismarck — whose full name and … more
The virus hasn’t made life much different for me because how I live now is not much different than I have always lived. Up here on this isolated ridgetop I call Lightnin’ Ridge, the … more
The coronavirus pandemic has raised some difficult journalistic questions for which there are not easy answers. Journalists are facing conflicts between stressing good health practices while, at … more
This is Holy Week. A Holy Week unlike anything anyone has ever witnessed. One that just a few months ago, was unimaginable. It’s a Holy Week that will be experienced, for most of us, from the … more
It is ‘mushroom’ week here in my area of the Ozarks. I found the first ones on the second day of April, which is unusual because the average time of eruption over the years has been about … more
The COVID19 news is certainly not reassuring, but it’s not all bad either. To find the good news, however, it’s necessary to sometimes look carefully. Below are excerpts from a March … more
We all need a good laugh now and then — especially now. With the overwhelming majority of news today concerning the novel coronavirus I am constantly looking for distractions. If you spend all … more
White bass caught on ultra-lite equipment, will outfight about anything in a stream… except smallmouth. And when there is a good current in a tributary to any Ozark lake, if you find a bunch … more
I don’t want anyone to misinterpret what I’m saying in this column. I’m not saying authorities are overreacting and I’m certainly not saying that people should not take … more
Unclean. Unclean. Unclean. Because Connie and I traveled to the state of Illinois last week we are suddenly being treated by some like we are lepers. Some people seem to believe that because we … more
I headed for Lake of the Ozarks that morning last week under sunny skies. When I got there it was raining. Of course it was! Every time I have been fishing the past month it has been raining, or was … more
A Missouri incident nearly a decade ago demonstrates the danger of politicians trying to control health information as the administration of President Donald Trump has done to deal with the … more
One million, expressed as a number, is 1,000,000 and has six zeroes. One billion, expressed as a number, is 1,000,000,000 and has nine zeroes. One trillion, expressed as a number is … more
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My friend and photojournalism mentor, Duane Dailey, has written his final column, ending a Missouri journalism career spanning more than 55 years. His death March 10 came rather suddenly, … more
Trying to find a story on a national newscast or website that isn’t about the coronavirus is like trying to whistle with your mouth full of saltine crackers. It’s not impossible, but … more
I have to begin this week’s column by saying that we have had to cancel the outdoorsman’s swap meet to be held in Bolivar this coming Saturday because of the coronavirus panicdemic. But I … more
Negativity is all around us. Environmentalists tell us the world is coming to an end because of climate change. Democrats are afraid that President Donald Trump will become another Adolf Hitler. And … more
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