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I always figure the yellow leaves on the walnut trees tell me a lot about the upcoming fall. This year that yellowing foliage on the walnuts here on Lightnin’ Ridge is really late. Could be … more
A farmer’s work is never really done. Whether it’s raising livestock, harvesting crops, cleaning barns, maintaining equipment or one of the other hundreds of chores that goes into running … more
The date was Saturday, Sept. 9, 1978. I was a freshman at the University of Missouri in Columbia playing a round of golf for my dormitory on the University’s course as part of an intramural … more
Most Americans alive 20 years ago remember where they were on September 11, 2001. They remember the airplane hijackings, the attacks, and the collapse of the Twin Towers. They remember the nearly … more
Many days have been important to history in my 60 plus years of life on this earth. I have no recollection of a large number of these.  On Nov. 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed … more
Sometime in mid September Midwest states have a special two week teal season. Blue-winged teal are unusual ducks. They come early; sometimes arriving in the Ozarks during the last week or so in … more
President Joe Biden’s poll numbers plunged to a dismal 41 percent approval, 55 percent disapproval in a recent national poll. This was before an ISIS-K terrorist bomber killed an estimated 70 … more
In early September, hundreds and hundreds of young doves in nests will die because of the September 1 opening of the dove season. I know that the majority of dove hunters don’t know that, and … more
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be rich? By this, I don’t mean not having to worry about money. I’m talking Thurston Howell III rich. Rich enough to employ servants … more
A month ago, we wrote a column on COVID-19 identifying a band of mostly rural counties from eastern Montana/western North Dakota down through Missouri and Texas and across the South where … more
About 20 years ago I flew out to a little lake in northwest Ontario with Canadian guide and bush pilot, Tinker Helseth. It was a place where Tinker’s father, Forrest Helseth, who had also been … more
Perhaps the most dangerous movement the progressive element of the Democrat party is pushing today in America is critical race theory (CRT).  Before I go any further, let’s define what … more
I don’t think I ever witnessed what the squirrels are doing here on Lightnin’ Ridge this summer. They are chewing up the white oak acorns in my back yard, and it started the first week of … more
This year was the second time I’ve seen the power women legislators can have when they are united. The latest was success of a bi-partisan group of Missouri women senators to force a compromise … more
JEFFERSON CITY — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Missouri’s entry into the United States, announced a reading of Missouri’s Constitution was … more
Do you have a great idea for a business? Or already own a business and are looking for ways to take it to the next level? A loan could provide the extra boost your small business needs. However, … more
In Missouri, a 2015 law prevents legislators from banning single use plastics, a devastating source of pollution that has largely gone unrecycled. Half of all plastics are meant to be used only … more
In Congress, policy negotiations often center on a couple questions: how much does the bill cost and how much does the bill save? But the intense focus on these numbers can have the effect of … more
For elections to work, we all need to trust the results — both the winner and loser. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III has pointed out that the winner of an election can always be … more
I’m sorry Mr. Witte. I am not Bob McKee. Nor am I Tom Warden, who wrote a weekly column for this page for close to 50 years.If I had a garden and knew how to grow prize-winning tomatoes, I … more
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