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A Question from a reader… Is a garfish good to eat? Some say they are. Answer: There are four species of gar in the Midwest but only one is the scourge of Ozark streams. That is the … more
Hello all, I’m sorry it took so long to get this note to you. For the second time in the 19 years we’ve been gathering for Sisters Day we did not meet this month. The first time was … more
The country is $35 trillion in debt and the debt is growing dramatically. The responsibility for this debt lies at the feet of one political party, the Democrats. Thirty years ago Republicans were … more
Whether you’re watching baseball with your family, a sunset at the lake, or looking forward to the fireworks on the Fourth of July, we’re reminded of the core values that define America: … more
The pool hall was empty except for me and Preacher Lampkin. He had been trying his best to answer my religious-oriented questions. I ‘spect he was in his 60’s and I had turned 14 that … more
L et’s be honest: How many of you love to speak with a computer when you call a big corporation? My bet is zero. Gone are the switchboard operators like Lily Tomlin’s character … more
As standardized student test scores plunge, some school districts are responding by masking student knowledge deficiencies through equity grading, which is little more than grade inflation dressed up … more
Call them crazy, call them insane, call them demented, call them mad, call them deranged, call them Democrats, call them Communists, call them whatever you want, but know and understand that these … more
F or two decades Democrats, like Al Gore, have been scaring children and adults alike that global warming — now climate change — is going to destroy the world.  On Jan. 27, … more
I watched as a mother wood-duck crossed an old road high on a ridge top, closely followed by three ducklings which I am sure had hatched that very day. She was a good quarter-mile from the river, but … more
M emorial Day signifies many things. First and foremost, it is a day to recognize those in the military who made the ultimate sacrifice to give us the freedoms we all enjoy. Next, Memorial Day … more
In response to the Maries County Advocate Newspaper article titled, “Belle Sergeant’s proposed ordinance sparks Sunshine Law, state statute violation concerns” in last week’s … more
I once shook Harry Truman’s hand, and I have to admit that I was impressed with him, even though I was only about six at the time. He was there dedicating a new hospital and he bent over and … more
John Hoskins and I became acquainted in the 1980’s, when he was a regional supervisor for the Conservation Commission Enforcement division over southern Missouri. He came to my home in the … more
D epending on what website you reference, the state of Missouri is ranked fourth or fifth in the nation for the lowest electric rates, averaging around 10.82 cents per kilowatt. Nebraska, the … more
Greetings from Jefferson City. The final bell has been rung and the legislative session for this year has come to its end. Despite a number of setbacks and delays, I believe we can be proud of what … more
Greetings from Jefferson City! This past week, after a lot of speed bumps, the Senate was able to finally sink its teeth into the budget and pass a responsible investment in our state that was … more
We meet again. It is so hard to get this article in on time. I think I have plenty of time, but the days fly by while I’m doing this and that and it’s Monday and I haven’t even … more
I spoke to a college ornithology class about birds a few years back. I think my talk went over really well except for my woodpecker recipes. I myself have had a great fascination with birds since I … more
A s Biden’s term as the 46th President of the United States winds down, it has become increasingly evident that his presidency will be defined by war. I’m not just talking about … more
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