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A year ago this week, the world descended into the throes of the COVID-19 crisis. It’s fitting that our year of darkness appears to be ending as Sunshine Week 2021 gets underway. This annual … more
The 2021 legislative session has reached the half-way point. In this last week prior to our mid-term recess, the Senate buckled down to make progress on a number of contentious issues. Two bills … more
The Missouri legislature’s week-long break that began March 15 is a good time to assess where the General Assembly may head in the second half of it’s annual session. This year taxes, school … more
More than once in this column I have promulgated the idea of reading aloud to children, something Connie and I did with our three offspring and continue to do and promote with our two grandchildren. … more
The government of China was toppled by Communists in 1949 under the leadership of Mao Zedong. Since that time the Communists have killed many millions of people. There is absolutely no doubt about … more
As the oldest military force in our nation’s history, the National Guard dates back to the pre-Revolutionary War militias in the colonies. This year actually marks its 385th birthday. The National … more
Like many of you, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Rush Limbaugh. His radio show, and the conservative views and ideas expressed through it, have had a profound impact on my life. On … more
As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing pandemic, many people are taking a renewed interest in their personal health. Just as eating well and staying active is a key component of … more
Here it is the end of February and due to the cold temperatures and all that snow we postponed Sisters Day until the fourth week this month. As important as Sisters Day is to all of us there is one … more
This last year was a difficult year for everyone, for a multitude of reasons. Of the many challenges that came to national attention throughout the year, perhaps the most apparent was the lack of … more
Following the “mysterious disappearance” of the national flag in front of the VFW Memorial in the Owensville Cemetery, I raised a new flag on President’s Day, 15 February, 2021. On 4 March, … more
You have been released. Those words are the most beautiful words my ears have heard in a very long time. I have not been in prison, but it sure seems like it. Those words were from the Gasconade … more
If you were present for the raising of Lazarus from the dead, would you have any doubt that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Miracles are always extraordinary, but the raising of Lazarus from the … more
With 2/3 of our state covered in farmland and being home to the second highest number of farms in the nation, Missouri knows a little something about the agricultural business. Our state is home to … more
As the events of the past few months have unfolded, I have often found myself wondering what our Founders would have made of it all. Impossible to know, of course, but they had plenty of insight to … more
Police officers have never had an easy job. Every day, these brave individuals — people who are our family, our friends and our neighbors — put their lives on the line to serve and protect our … more
Since the start of the pandemic, the coronavirus has had a devastating effect on our state.The virus has caused shutdowns and disruptions, and it has changed the way we live our lives. Despite the … more
Many often remember an encounter with someone they’ve known for a long time. My first meeting with Mr. Charles Feagan occurred upon arrival at Owens- ville High School in the early 60’s as a … more
Brutal. Miserable. Those were a couple of words (among others) used to describe the recent Arctic blast. As farmers and ranchers, we know dealing with the elements is part of the job, but that … more
I fell and broke my wrist on Feb. 10. The ambulance took me to the emer- gency room at Hermann Area District Hospital. I ended up having surgery on Feb. 18. They did not have any beds at either of … more
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