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We affectionately called her the “Blue Goose.” That was our name for the newspaper’s van in the early 70s. This blue half-ton panel van picked up each week’s edition of the … more
Farmland is a precious resource in our state, serving a wide range of functions. For starters, it’s the foundation of many family businesses and our state’s largest industry. It allows … more
Whenever we have a gas crisis and gas prices shoot up — like now — something happens. I become obsessed with getting the highest miles per gallon from my vehicle. Consequently, I … more
To the Editor: When we started this series of letters to the editor our hope was to find “common ground” between Republicans and Democrats. That was quite a while ago and it … more
It was 1987 when Connie and I moved from Hannibal to an apartment in Owensville. It did not include a refrigerator. So, we purchased an Amana side-by-side. That was 35 years ago. The Amana now serves … more
As Yogi Berra, baseball’s preeminent wit and philosopher, would say, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Fifteen years ago, I wrote in this space about an attempt … more
In the wake of the leaked draft opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito overturning Roe v. Wade and holding that there is no constitutional right to an abortion, there’s been a tidal wave … more
Occasionally I scan the comments below the articles I read on-line. A statement from GeneKS grabbed my attention. He said, “When I graduated college in chemical engineering. I was asked one … more
Elections are at the foundation of the way our government operates. Because of the essential role they play, it’s important our elections function well and that citizens can trust in their … more
After the school shooting in Texas, I realized that I was about the only columnist in America that didn’t talk to my kids about within 24 hours of event. Sure, I’ll cop to being a … more
Sunday was 529 Day, a day meant to highlight the opportunities available in state 529 plans. MOST 529 is Missouri’s 529 education plan. Named after Section 529 in the IRS tax code … more
The month of May brings us flowers and Mother’s Day, along with high school and college graduations. What better time than now to discuss the state of education in America. There is one word … more
The 2022 legislative session has come to a close. While at times the session was stressful and outcomes were uncertain, I believe the General Assembly still managed to do a lot of good for the people … more
Recently, a couple of reporters at The New York Times published an intriguing story about conversations between House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of his leadership team. It … more
This column was inspired by a discussion with Missouri Independent reporter Rudi Keller the day after the 2022 legislative session adjourned. We reminisced about earlier years when there seemed to … more
Throughout its history, the United States has been blessed with men and women who have been willing to make incredible sacrifices in defense of the American dream. This land of the free has been … more
It may be hard for you to believe, but today where liberals and conservatives seem to always be at each other’s throats, there is a group of individuals who are not. This is an ensemble of … more
Our federal and state governments are not broken. We must keep in mind all the good that is done in spite of what appears to be ongoing discord.  With higher gas prices, rising food costs and … more
To the Editor: After reading Ms. Murphy’s May 11, article on the Rock Island Trail, I feel there is a need to add some perspective to the reporting. The Rock Island has a long history in … more
The 2022 regular session of the Missouri General Assembly was the most dysfunctional I can remember in more than 50 years covering the statehouse. Endless Senate filibusters stalled action for … more
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