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While, on average, about 98 percent of known COVID-19 patients in the U.S. survive, this statistic needs some context, according to a Phelps Health employee who has battled the disease. After … more
Like Tom Sawyer in Mark Twain’s classic, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” I am amused at attending my funeral. This is getting old, as the funeral of the hometown newspaper keeps … more
On Jan. 19, lawmakers from both legislative chambers gathered together to hear the governor deliver his State of the State address. This annual speech gives the governor the opportunity to discuss … more
This week, I had the privilege of listening to Governor Parson as he delivered his State of the State address. I’m encouraged by his positive outlook, and I’m pleased to hear about his … more
This column is prompted by a question from a long-time statehouse observer as to why Missouri’s legislature has become so divided. My answer involved the number of changes in the statehouse … more
This week, the headline for my column — “Unbridled majorities are as tyrannical and cruel as unlimited despots” — is a quote from John Adams when he served as Vice-President … more
On Jan. 10, the Missouri General Assembly began its first full week of legislative activity of the 2022 legislative session, and already we’re tackling some of the big issues.  Over in … more
I was excited to hear testimony on Wednesday evening in the Special Committee on Tourism on Representative Tim Taylor’s House Bill 1672. This recently filed piece of legislation is intended … more
In addition to being subjected to various forms of censorship, for the first time in living memory American doctors are getting threat letters from licensure boards warning them against distributing … more
The State Capitol is once again alive with the rush of legislative activity, as the Second Regular Session of the 101st General Assembly gets underway. This legislative session, which began on … more
What happened to the ducks this fall? Well we had far too little water here in the lower Midwest, but the big problem was the lack of water in northern breeding grounds of Canada and the Dakotas. Way … more
We returned to the State Capitol Build- ing this past week for the start of the 2022 legislative session, which is officially the Second Regular Session of the 101st General Assembly. Leading up … more
All prosecutors have what’s known as prosecutorial discretion. This gives them the power to decide whether or not to charge an individual for a crime, and which crime to charge them with. As … more
At the end of his call with President Joe Biden on Christmas Eve, Jared Schmeck, a 35-year-old father of four from Oregon, ended his call with “Let’s go, Brandon,” a phrase that has … more
It may seem hard to believe but another year has come to a close. For some, I’m sure that’s a blessing, and I know many of us are looking forward to the fresh start promised with the … more
The recent personal and racially tinged partisan attacks by a couple of U.S. House members, and the absence of swift discipline, stands in stark contrast to how legislators treat one another in … more
I wonder sometimes if common sense in our nation is a thing of the past.  At a meeting of outdoor writers some greatly admired turkey hunter who worked for the Forest Products Institute told … more
A Massachusetts college recently issued a ‘stay at home directive’ for students living on campus. This order runs from Jan. 3-17 to combat the new omicron variant of the … more
On Jan. 5, 2022, the Missouri Legislature will begin a new session. Out with the old and in with the new! No legislation is carried over from one year to the next. Every year we start over. In … more
We had several New-Years Eve celebrations at the pool hall in the sixties. If you want to call it that! Nobody was all excited about seeing the year behind them gone for good, and the worst of winter … more
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