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We affectionately called her the “Blue Goose.” That was our name for the newspaper’s van in the early 70s. This blue half-ton panel van picked up each week’s edition of the … more
Farmland is a precious resource in our state, serving a wide range of functions. For starters, it’s the foundation of many family businesses and our state’s largest industry. It allows … more
Some Woke activists suggested that Mother’s Day be called “Birthing Persons Day.” After all, some “pregnant persons” identify as men (or non-women) and don’t like … more
Whenever we have a gas crisis and gas prices shoot up — like now — something happens. I become obsessed with getting the highest miles per gallon from my vehicle. Consequently, I … more
The partnership between physicians and their patients is one built on confidence, mutual respect and honesty. When patients find physicians they value, these relationships are significant and often … more
As Yogi Berra, baseball’s preeminent wit and philosopher, would say, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Fifteen years ago, I wrote in this space about an attempt … more
Our son-in-law Vince Rice announced this past weekend that he would be retiring from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, effective at the end of this month. Vince is 53 and has spent 32 years as a … more
It was 1987 when Connie and I moved from Hannibal to an apartment in Owensville. It did not include a refrigerator. So, we purchased an Amana side-by-side. That was 35 years ago. The Amana now serves … more
Occasionally I scan the comments below the articles I read on-line. A statement from GeneKS grabbed my attention. He said, “When I graduated college in chemical engineering. I was asked one … more
Elections are at the foundation of the way our government operates. Because of the essential role they play, it’s important our elections function well and that citizens can trust in their … more
Imagine your washing machine breaks. You ask the seller to replace it. They balk, claiming they don’t need to replace the defective machine, but you’re confident they are wrong. … more
Sunday was 529 Day, a day meant to highlight the opportunities available in state 529 plans. MOST 529 is Missouri’s 529 education plan. Named after Section 529 in the IRS tax code … more
The month of May brings us flowers and Mother’s Day, along with high school and college graduations. What better time than now to discuss the state of education in America. There is one word … more
The 2022 legislative session has come to a close. While at times the session was stressful and outcomes were uncertain, I believe the General Assembly still managed to do a lot of good for the people … more
This column was inspired by a discussion with Missouri Independent reporter Rudi Keller the day after the 2022 legislative session adjourned. We reminisced about earlier years when there seemed to … more
Throughout its history, the United States has been blessed with men and women who have been willing to make incredible sacrifices in defense of the American dream. This land of the free has been … more
It may be hard for you to believe, but today where liberals and conservatives seem to always be at each other’s throats, there is a group of individuals who are not. This is an ensemble of … more
The 2022 regular session of the Missouri General Assembly was the most dysfunctional I can remember in more than 50 years covering the statehouse. Endless Senate filibusters stalled action for … more
This is my first column in three weeks. I didn’t skip writing a column because I’m tired of writing it. It sure as hell wasn’t because of a lack of material. The fact of the matter … more
Dear Editor,  It was my pleasure to speak at the Maries County Truman Day event last week in Vienna. I appreciate the opportunity to speak about democracy. I am glad you were there to report … more
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