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The recent thoughts written by others about the tragic death of Gov. Mel Carnahan two decades ago have prompted me to add some personal details. There was something about Carnahan that touched all … more
In the year 2020 it seems many need a civics lesson, not to mention training on how to be an adult. We live in a deeply divided nation and in that environment the country is also dealing with a … more
As the leaves begin to change and the days become shorter, my mind begins to drift to one of my favorite times of year — deer season. I cannot begin to convey how important this time … more
In the coming days, most Missourians will take a deep breath and try to put the election behind them. Members of the Legislature, however, will be heading back to work. The governor has … more
Years ago when I was younger and a limit of squirrels seemed much more important than it does today, I was quietly sneaking along a creek bottom in late October, watching the treetops for any … more
We’re down to the wire with the election in less than a week. The Democrats are hammering President Donald Trump on his response to the coronavirus. Mistakes have been made. This is always easy … more
Small businesses are the perfect example of the notion that with hard work, resourcefulness and an entrepreneurial spirit, anything is possible in America. They have always played a unique role in … more
Dear Editor: This election is about our God-given rights to Life, Liberty and Property, to be defended by the limited government of our Constitutional representative Republic. Bernie wanted … more
The New York Post, White House and others had accounts locked trying to disseminate info found on Hunter Biden’s iPad. The FBI received this info in December 2019, while the House impeached … more
Congratulations and Best Wishes are in order on two major levels of importance to all of us in Osage County and beyond. First, on the retirement of Jerry Voss from active participation in the … more
I must note again that a very conservative Max Boot, a man without a party, has declared multiple times that “The Republican Party in it’s present form, deserves to be voted into extinction.” … more
To the Editor: Tolerance is a virtue that is a vital part of our civilization, it is embedded in our Constitution as a vital part of the Bill of Rights. Evil people have ignored it many times over … more
To the Editor: Over a year and a half ago we began to write letters to the editor seeking to clarify our positions as Democrats. This has often brought us into conflict with the philosophy of this … more
Advocate, I want to thank you for a nice, full-informational newspaper! I appreciate your detailed accounts on crime cases and anything else. Also the articles on politics, especially the truth … more
Look around!  There are orange pumpkins, scarecrows and hay bales, mums in gorgeous colors like burgundy, bronze, yellow, white and splashes of colored leaves nestled among the cedar trees. Yes, … more
Dear Editor, Why would you want to support Amendment 3 when the official ballot title says “State governmental entities expect no cost or savings. Individual local governmental entities expect … more
Before proceeding with this column, I want you to think about what you’ve read, seen or heard from the candidates running for state office during this campaign season. How often have you … more
As the Senate held hearings and debated the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, attention understandably focused on the policy implications of a sixth conservative … more
It is amazing to me what a drought we have gone through for two months throughout the Ozarks, after the high water from heavy rains in the early summer. Seems like we are living in a day of feast or … more
My dad and I had lots of talks on river gravel bars; from the time I was a boy to the years after I had kids of my own. I remember in particular, a time in the fall when I was home from college, … more
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