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In recent years, black vultures have been extending their range into southern Missouri. A cousin of the more-common turkey vulture, these aggressive birds with a five-foot wingspan are now a common … more
While playing politics with healthcare in Missouri is certainly nothing new, holding Missouri Medicaid hostage over basic birth control is a stunning — and consequential — shift. As captured … more
In the 1960s anti-war activists adopted songs like the Eve of Destruction and For What It’s Worth as their anthems. Disenchanted youth feared that the world was on the verge of collapse; we were … more
Cities are places where diverse groups of people cluster, their ideas feeding off one another to create innovations that often change our lives in dramatic ways. It is not surprising that a very … 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
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
A global pandemic illustrates how agriculture impacts our lives now more than ever. Thanks to farmers in Missouri and around the world, consumers have food choices, clothing, transportation, shelter … more
Late February in Missouri is cold, as in negative-temperatures-in-the-evening cold. The recent cold snap has made calving season especially difficult for farmers and ranchers, many of whom have had … more
Officials with the Missour State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Transportation are looking at a ways to reduce the disturbing trend of increased traffic fatalities which occurred … more
Earlier this week, extreme weather caused power outages for much of the central United States. Bitter cold led to increased demand for electricity while also forcing significant portions of electric … more
Missouri history provides a fascinating contrast to the U.S. House vote to remove Rep. Marjorie Greene, R-Georgia, from committee assignments. Unlike Greene, similar disciplinary actions in … more
Despite the challenges we have faced since early 2020, a few glimmers of hope are appearing that could turn 2021 in a much better direction. Some of these glimmers could grow into long-term victories … more
JEFFERSON CITY — According to NFIB’s monthly jobs report, 51 percent of small business owners reported hiring or trying to hire in January. Small employers have plans to fill open positions, with … more
Small business owners have a few options to keep their workforce employed and cover normal operating expenses during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. First Draw Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans … more
With the handoff of power from one president to another, we enter this new phase of our national life in deep distress. We are divided and polarized, struggling to communicate reasonably with one … more
While it’s no secret that Covid has upended almost every aspect of life in 2020, perhaps no one has faced as many unique challenges and disruptions as U.S. teachers, educators, parents, and … more
The truth has been out there and largely ignored by the mainstream media. Why? Because the truth goes against the political agenda of the left and more specifically Black Lives Matter. Let’s … more
Joe Biden won’t become President of the United States for a few weeks yet, but it’s fair to say he’s already feeling the pressures of the office. I think being president-elect may be the second … more
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