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President Donald Trump’s recent news conference pronouncements involving allegations by federal-government whistle blower reminded me of my growing experience in Missouri’s statehouse by … more
I was re-schooled on animal science last week. MU Extension livestock specialists came to campus for In-Service Education, or ISE. That put me in a bind as the regional farm management specialist … more
Common ground doesn’t seem like too much to expect in a country that calls itself the United States. But where can you find it and what does it even look like anymore? The Gasconade … more
On Oct. 13, 2015 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said in an interview on CNN that “We should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden.” I agree with Sanders, we need to be … more
Those of us who toil in the vineyard of the printed word as newspaper men and women are deeply concerned this legislative session as Missouri’s government is actively taking steps to keep you, … more
A couple weeks ago in this column I mentioned that I used to put my 1972 Nova in neutral, shut the engine off and coast for two miles down a mountain when I spent the summer in Virginia. This … more
Being in the beef business is not a get-rich-quick career. Building a quality cow herd takes time; requiring breeding cows, waiting nine months for a calf and then the calf is raised to be sold. All … more
I cringe when the media gives the impression all women are for abortion. I believe abortion is killing a baby. There are many men and women who agree. When people say a woman should be able to do … more
To the Editor: As has been reported daily in the last few weeks, according to Republicans, Democrats have been picking on the President because they are upset about the 2016 election. Is this … more
Spectacular clouds bring super rains and lightening. For two days, Friday and Saturday, we had sky shows in Columbia. Fascinating, but threatening clouds rushed in. Today’s storms … more
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, we are witnessing a raging socialist movement in America today. This should scare the hell out of anyone with any sense. A recent Gallup poll says more … more
Numerous stories have appeared in the past week stating that crime has “surged” in Oklahoma following criminal justice reforms made in that state in 2017 by Republicans. The claim … more
I stepped into long-term tradition at MU Trowbridge Livestock Center, Saturday morning. I entered a beauty shop for beef heifers. Outside, the parking lot was jammed with livestock trailers and … more
In a surprise story this week we learn that the government can move. Two large USDA agencies were told to move from Washington to Kansas City. Both connect to University of Missouri in many ways. … more
Personally I think labeling something as a hate crime is redundant. Any crime against another person involves hate. Does anyone believe that an individual would commit assault, rape or murder against … more
Abortion is a very emotional and divisive issue and people feel passionately on both sides of the issue. Here are some thoughts from the pro-choice side:  Pro-choice does not mean pro … more
In a recent article by the nationally syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker she says, “Biologically, life begins at conception. Full stop.” Now, “full stop” is an emphatic … more
I bet you’ve never considered this before — but if you think about it you would admit it — you read a newspaper as much for the advertising as you do the articles. Why? … more
In a previous column I talked about the lack of God in our society as one of the possible causes of violence in America, specifically gun violence. Case in point. When I grew up there was not a … more
Mid-Missouri weather flirted with frost Saturday morning. But nothing like the cold front in Northern Corn Belt states. Our low at MU Sanborn Field was 33F, which stayed above the killing-frost temp … more
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