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An old man in the rural part of St. Clair County successfully worked to keep wild turkeys plentiful on his place. For 15 years he did a heck of a job! His name was Dan Besser. He bought some … more
J ohn Marshal Harlan, the subject of last week’s column, said in his dissenting opinion of Plessy v. Ferguson — “Our Constitution is color blind, and neither knows nor tolerates … more
The Oxford Dictionary defines a dream as “a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal.” Six simple words, yet they hold the potential to ignite innovation, progress and personal … more
To the Editor: You may be seeing people collecting signatures in our area. This initiative would allow Missouri voters to once again CHANGE our Missouri CONSTITUTION. This means it will be … more
It is now mid-April and we are seeing flowers blooming, regular warmer temperatures in the forecast and more people enjoying outdoor activities. Spring also means that days are longer in the Senate … more
I encourage old time turkey hunters to refrain from buying a turkey tag this spring and hunt them as I do… with a camera. I just don’t want to kill any more gobblers. I have killed them … more
H ave you ever gone against your college’s opinion and opposed the majority? Maybe you refused to accept a joint of marijuana or decided to wait for marriage before sex. That person is referred … more
Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” But for Missouri farmers, taxes are about to become a lot more uncertain. Barring action from … more
The end of the first quarter of 2024 is at hand. The third meeting of “those sisters” has been completed and will be recorded in the following minutes. Forgive me, I slipped back into the … more
Greetings from Jefferson City. I sincerely hope everyone had a blessed Easter weekend. The Senate returned to action on Tuesday for a very emotional occasion as we held our Senate Memorial Ceremony, … more
M ost of you probably do not recognize this phrase, “I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.” It is part of the Lone Ranger’s moral code. As a young boy, I remember … more
The legislative spring break is behind us and we have entered the home stretch of the legislative session, with several important issues to address and a state budget to finalize. The chamber … more
The Missouri House of Representatives has approved HB 1481, a significant legislative initiative aimed at bolstering support for law enforcement in their crucial role of maintaining law and order … more
The decline in wild turkey numbers over the past ten years is due to many things. The main cause takes place next weekend, the youth season, what one hunter has referred to the weekend best used to … more
S elling is my life. I started selling as a young boy and have never stopped. You have to believe in the product to sell anything — from popcorn to new cars. Customers are not fools. They … more
A 2022 study by The Sentencing Project revealed that nearly 83,000 Missourians with felony convictions were barred from voting due to felony disenfranchisement. For Missourians with felony … more
In response to last week’s newspaper article (March 13), “Maries County prosecutor delays filing MSHP probable cause statement against Belle officer”, I would like to provide some … more
I wrote about some things awhile back that some folks questioned. One column concerned skunks and someone hoorahed the idea that skunks carry rabies and therefore there is liable to be a rabies … more
M arch is Women’s History Month. According to History.com, “Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been … more
This week marked a significant milestone in the legislative calendar as we crossed the midpoint of the 2024 session and will now take one week recess, allowing us to return to our communities, spend … more
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