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The crawdad is an unusual creature, always looking back where he has been, and going where his isn’t looking. Quite often where he has been appears quite safe and there looms a bass or walleye … more
L ast Friday, an unidentified homeowner Tweeted a short video of a young boy on a scooter accompanied by a woman — presumably his mother — on a bike. The boy stops to pull a small … more
The Missouri legislature’s recent special session on Medicaid involves a dominant state issue with a long and fascinating history. It begins in 1945 when Pres. Harry Truman called for a national … more
Just as Karl Marx interpreted all of human history as a fight between the “proletariat” (oppressed) and the “capitalists” (oppressors) using a method I can only call “Illogical … more
Summer is one of the best times of year. Kids are out of school, there’s more time to spend with family, and the days are longer and more beautiful. For many Missourians, it’s the perfect time to … more
Most reservoir bass fishermen fish deep in the summer, trying to lure a lunker by bouncing jigs over ledges and rocks. But if you want to fish a topwater lure, there are places and ways to do it even … more
I am proud to be an American and I am proud to live in rural Missouri where a significant majority agree with that statement. Over the weekend, Connie and I attended three 4th of July … more
This past week, I traveled back to Jefferson City for the first special session of 2021. Governor Parson called a special session of the legislature to renew the Federal Reimbursement Allowance … more
Missouri Rural Crisis Center recently sent in comments to the Biden Administration and USDA in response to their request for comments to “improve and reimagine the supply chains for the production, … more
The old joke says…The mind is the first thing to go, but I can’t remember the second thing. Well, I found out on this sisters day. It’s comprehension! Since Lucy moved to Wardsville, we ride … more
A few years back there were predictions that the bobwhite quail would become extinct. They have not and likely will not because of the diversity in habitat and food that can keep them going in small … more
In two columns from February 2020, I covered ways politicians and their family members get rich off their name and influence. And it’s all legal. This is so common among senior-level … more
I walked through a county courthouse square On a park bench an old man was sitting there I said, your old courthouse is kinda run down He said, naw, it’ll do for our little town I said, … more
To say a lot has changed since the very beginning of the pandemic when reports of a mystery virus started affecting people in Wuhan, China began would be an understatement of epic proportion. The … more
Rulers throughout history wiped out total populations in their desire for power. It has been said, “if we don’t know history, we are bound to repeat it”. We are witnessing the destruction of … more
I hope that Americans are aware of the man-made climate disaster that is occurring out West. We are in the midst of a 1,200-year drought, and the ramifications are only beginning to understand it and … more
Last week, I had the pleasure of joining other freshman members of the Missouri House of Representatives on the traditional freshman tour of the state. The tour is intended to give the … more
A recent suggestion by a Missouri Senator of a Senate leadership purge reminded me about the last time the Senate’s top leader was ousted. Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Jefferson County, made his … more
To the Editor: “These programs have created a permanent underclass in America by subsidizing fatherlessness and unemployment.” As was acknowledged, those programs have been around … more
Over the past year, many communities across the United States have experienced varying degrees of challenges brought on by the pandemic, with veterans being among the most vulnerable. In addition … more
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