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The world witnessed the failure of a planned economy with the collapse of the Soviet Union on Dec. 31, 1991. “The total number (of people) who died unnatural deaths under communist … more
This column is prompted by the problems plaguing Missouri House Speaker Dean Plocher who is facing calls by his colleagues to resign because of financial double-dipping by seeking reimbursement from … more
I keep track of all the birds I have seen on this wilderness ridge where I live and there is a huge list after living here more than 30 years. Several are very rare. The rarest of all showed up about … more
Tradition is an iconic word this time of year for good reason. Thanksgiving dinner always starts at the same time, and the same family members gather, often at the same home. In the backyard, … more
Over the past few weeks I have witnessed a large number of pickup trucks and cars speeding on the county road on which I live. I would guess that my gravel road is not unique to speeders but the … more
On Nov. 22, 1963 — 60 years ago today — the 35th President of the United States was riding in the presidential limousine, a Lincoln with the top off, through the city of Dallas, Texas, … more
Given the feelings of unease that often punctuate our daily lives in many areas, the holiday season provides an opportunity for us not only to celebrate, but to discover lasting meaning that could … more
The other day I crossed the Roubidoux River and thought about Lane Davis. Lane was the longtime owner and editor of the Houston Herald newspaper and he hired me to paddle him down the Roubidoux, … more
A s I grew up, my parents were proud season ticket holders to Mizzou Football at the University of Missouri in Columbia. This tradition lasted almost 30 years until they were priced out of the market … more
There’s an old model ‘97 Winchester pump shotgun hanging on my office wall. It is old and scarred, a long-barreled relic from the good old days of my boyhood. In the fall, when the Ozarks … more
This week, Indianapolis plays host to nearly 70,000 FFA members from across the country, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These students have worked months, if not years, for the opportunity … more
As one of my readers recently pointed out, “The first casualty of War is Truth,” — a 1918 quote attributed to Calif. Senator Hiram Warren Johnson. It turns out many antisemitics … more
What a beautiful fall day. I’m heading out to Sisters Day. Lucy is our hostess so I’m on my way to Vienna. Overall, it was an uneventful trip. I did have one moment when I just had to … more
The last month has been very busy with meetings and working on legislation for 2024. I am working on legislation to support law enforcement, increase penalties for violent crimes, increase access to … more
I talk to outdoorsmen around the Ozarks it is amazing how ignorant they are about their rights as hunters and fishermen. The greater percentage of those I talk to wrongly believe that agents can come … more
A couple of weeks ago I was talking with guide in Ontario who got a good laugh out of the bear hunting which forbids using bait. He said that without bait, few bears would ever be killed anywhere. In … more
When the Corps of Discovery Expedition, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, met in St. Charles to start their journey up the Missouri River in 1804, the native Americans in the central part of … more
The afternoon of September 30, 2023, came and went with its fair share of drama, including narrowly avoiding a government shutdown and the subsequent ousting of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. One … more
Over the last eight years, there has been an estimated 580 percent increase in Americans being taken hostage around the world, according to a report in the New York Times . Currently, over 50 … more
In mid-October, Lake of the Woods, Ontario, looked like it was mid-September; no red and yellow foliage to amount to much, just green hillsides and water warmer than I had ever seen it. The … more
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