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The pool hall was empty except for me and Preacher Lampkin. He had been trying his best to answer my religious-oriented questions. I ‘spect he was in his 60’s and I had turned 14 that … more
L et’s be honest: How many of you love to speak with a computer when you call a big corporation? My bet is zero. Gone are the switchboard operators like Lily Tomlin’s character … more
To the Editor: I am a Democrat, and I am proud to be one. I chose this party because of my grave concern for the environment and my strong respect for different cultures and races of people. As … more
To the Editor: The city of Hermann is looking to raise the rates for sewer and trash collection. While it is reasonable to expect prices on services to increase over time, due to … more
To the Editor: Welcome to America, where patriotism has become a freak show, and our freedoms are treated like disposable party favors. We’ve swapped patience for the dopamine drip of … more
F or two decades Democrats, like Al Gore, have been scaring children and adults alike that global warming — now climate change — is going to destroy the world.  On Jan. 27, … more
Missouri’s legislative session closed with a sad and stunning display of how little the loudest lawmakers identifying as “pro-life” care about helping children and families — … more
I watched as a mother wood-duck crossed an old road high on a ridge top, closely followed by three ducklings which I am sure had hatched that very day. She was a good quarter-mile from the river, but … more
M emorial Day signifies many things. First and foremost, it is a day to recognize those in the military who made the ultimate sacrifice to give us the freedoms we all enjoy. Next, Memorial Day … more
Immigrant baiting is now official business for Missouri officeholders. That’s the message from Attorney General Andrew Bailey, who says his office will represent three state senators who … more
I once shook Harry Truman’s hand, and I have to admit that I was impressed with him, even though I was only about six at the time. He was there dedicating a new hospital and he bent over and … more
John Hoskins and I became acquainted in the 1980’s, when he was a regional supervisor for the Conservation Commission Enforcement division over southern Missouri. He came to my home in the … more
D epending on what website you reference, the state of Missouri is ranked fourth or fifth in the nation for the lowest electric rates, averaging around 10.82 cents per kilowatt. Nebraska, the … more
The paper toss is a symbolic gesture noting the end of the legislative session. I think it was also a gesture of my frustration. The session ended too soon and there was still a lot of good work … more
The final gavel pounded on May 17, signaling the end of the 2024 legislative session and my second year as your state senator. While floor discussions were contentious and slow-moving at times, … more
The 2024 legislative session ended today, Friday, May 17. While we are thankful to see the final passage of legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, we are disappointed that passage of Initiative … more
This column is a suggestion to both college student protesters and higher education officials to find a better approach to the pro-Palestinian student protests. Those protests and university … more
I spoke to a college ornithology class about birds a few years back. I think my talk went over really well except for my woodpecker recipes. I myself have had a great fascination with birds since I … more
A s Biden’s term as the 46th President of the United States winds down, it has become increasingly evident that his presidency will be defined by war. I’m not just talking about … more
Governor Parson signed HB 2634 on   May 9 putting in statute language that restricts tax-payer funds from going to abortion providers and their affiliates. Prior to 2020, Missouri … more
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