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O n Good Friday, April 8, 1966, Time magazine published its iconic cover with three simple words: Is God Dead? Today, 57 years later, many in our society have turned away from God. They don’t … more
On May 11, House Republicans passed a sweeping bill that, if enacted, would largely end the illegal immigration crisis. Of course, the legislation -- dubbed H.R. 2 -- stands little chance of … more
In this past legislative session, one of the issues discussed was the Presidential Primary election cycle. One of the freshman legislators is a former political science professor, Representative … more
To the Editor: As we observe National Foster Care Month, Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association reflects on the importance of the foster care system and its crucial role in the … more
Missouri Farm Bureau (MOFB) applauds today’s (May 25, 2023) decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Sackett v. EPA. The Court took a crucial step forward by doing away with the flawed significant … more
The closing days of Missouri’s legislature were among the most dysfunctional I’ve covered in more than one half century. Filibusters by Senate Republican conservatives blocked action … more
What I am fixin’ to tell you now about a fascinating bird, is not what I learned from the ornithology professors in college and what they taught about the great blue heron, it is from what I … more
I n conversations with Democrats, they try to explain their visceral hatred for President Donald Trump. Where did this hate come from? I think Trump has an inflated ego, is self-centered and … more
The First Regular Session of Missouri’s 102nd General Assembly has come to a close. We adjourned our business on May 12 having passed 64 separate pieces of legislation, including 19 budget … more
H ave you ever paid attention to the “fine print” at the bottom of some of the advertisements in the newspaper or, for that matter, any other print publication? I’m sure most … more
COLUMBIA — Missouri faces the largest shortage of behavioral health care providers in the U.S. Each of Missouri’s 99 rural counties is a designated Mental Health Professional … more
A collared dove came up to visit Lightnin’ Ridge yesterday. My wooded ridgetop is of little interest to him as far as a nesting site. Mourning doves fly up here and feed on bird-feeder seed … more
T he purpose of our military is to protect America from our enemies. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, in a 2015 Republican presidential debate, was a little more blunt when he said, “The … more
How many weeks until summer vacation? If you have a student in your family, I bet they’re quick to answer. High school seniors are counting down the days until graduation, and soon-to-be … more
Missouri’s Republican legislators might want to give a second thought to their party’s push to impose higher vote requirements to amend the state constitution. If some of these … more
The House and Senate have reached final agreement on a fiscally responsible state spending plan that provides record funding for K-12 education, makes major investments in the state’s … more
Night fishing under submerged lights has supplied me with some great fishing memories and stories. I thought the other day about the great fishing Bull Shoals Lake had produced back when I lived in … more
W hen I sit down to read a good book, it’s usually on history. I’ve read books on the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. One historical figure from that time … more
Rock bass are to Ozark flowing streams what crappie are to reservoirs. Creel census figures show that they make up the largest percentage of fish caught and fish kept by stream fishermen in the … more
Who is the mystery voice impersonator setting on Belle City Council? During the April 6, 2023 council meeting someone sounding like Barb Howarth made a suggestion to the effect that the empty lot … more
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