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Starting in the mid-16th century, young aristocrats — mainly from Britain — took extended trips around Europe to complete their education. It was called the Grand Tour. The goal of … more
Missouri’s legislative special session dealing with tax cuts is a reminder of how often in past decades tax-cut bills have become food fights for getting tax burdens reduced for a variety of … more
Every six minutes, someone in the United States dies from a drug-related overdose. On April 16, 2021, that someone was my brother. He was only 38 and left behind three young daughters, who are … more
I love a good book on history. One of my favorite historical authors is Hampton Sides. I have read all four of his books. My first book by Sides was “Hellhound on his Trail.” This … more
On Wednesday, Sept. 21, members of the Missouri Senate put their stamp of approval on legislation designed to meet the governor’s call for the extra legislative session. The two bills passed … more
Summer temperatures are finally starting to taper off and combines are rolling across Missouri’s fields. From corn and soybeans to rice and cotton, this harvest will mark the end of an … more
The power of the sun to illuminate our day is without question. The power of the Sunshine Law to illuminate the work of our state and local governments through empowering citizens to have access … more
Young adults growing up in America repeatedly hear from politicians, educators and social media that capitalism is wrong. Capitalism receives blame for everything, including climate change, the … more
A few months ago, I wrote about the ridiculous overreach of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is rolling out a plan to force companies to collect and publish information about their … more
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Agriculture is celebrating Farm Safety and Health Week now through Sept. 23, which has been recognized during the third week of September since being … more
I graduated from high school in May of 1978, ready to transition to college life at Mizzou and study my chosen profession of journalism. I was prepared to move on from my job as the custodial … more
Just about every American who was alive at the time remembers exactly where we were on September 11th, 2001. That tragic day shook New York City, Washington, D.C., Shanksville, Penn., and the entire … more
Big Tech is strongly criticized in Congress these days, but it still has sway in Washington when it lobbies Congress to weaken the U.S. patent system. That’s bad news for … more
To the Editor: Does Mr. Warden understand what it means to be less divisive? His column on that topic raises doubts. While flying the flag of offended sincerity and fair journalism he goes out of … more
To the Editor: I remember growing up 70 plus years ago and people were saying about the same thing we hear today. People would say things like: How can God be proud of the way we’re … more
In the near future, my colleagues and I will return to the State Capitol for the start of an extra legislative session.  Called by the governor, this extra session will focus on providing tax … more
To the Editor: I have lived on the earth for four score and seven years. In my youth I have seen summer temperatures up to 114 in St. Louis, I have seen winter days well below 0 for days at a … more
I heard this quote on the radio last week; “Republicans believe Democrats are people with bad ideas, Democrats believe Republicans are evil.” Last Thursday, President Joe Biden, in a … more
To the Editor: Your front-page story reporting on the half-cent sales tax designated for Gasconade County law enforcement quotes Owensville City Administrator Randy Blaske as saying, “The … more
Local Democrats have often told me I need to be less divisive in my weekly column. One letter to the editor stated, “ Tearing down the other side, whether its one’s spouse or a person of … more
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