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On Aug. 5, lawmakers from around the state returned to Jefferson City to resume the extra legislative session called by the governor. In his call for an extra session, the governor outlined six … more
I volunteered to fry fish for those who come to a class reunion at Houston, Mo in mid-September, so this past week my daughter and I took the old johnboat down to the river not far from … more
There is little doubt if you and I would have grown up in the south as part of the white race before the civil war — you and me, Republican or Democrat, all of us — we would have fought … more
To the Editor: I’m going back a few weeks but I finally had time to comment. I was shocked at what seemed to be blatant manipulation by Mr. Brooks. The “simple question” was … more
The COVID-19 lockdown has its benefits: a chapter a day of the unabridged version of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, a study in fear and redefined “normal” values, among many … more
To the Editor: “As residents of Gasconade County, my wife and I are dismayed by the lack of awareness the Gasconade County Commissioners are displaying with regard to the reasonable precaution … more
It is unusual for the Ozarks to get so much rain in July, but it certainly doesn’t hurt fishing, especially in streams. When I was a kid, any summer rain that raised the Big Piney and made … more
I have to admit that occasionally I have broken the speed limit. I know that to some of you that may come as a shock. Last month Connie and I spent 40 hours, and over 2,300 miles, in our … more
(Editor’s note: We have varying opinions this week on the validitiy of passage or disapproval of Amendment No. 2 as a Missouri Constitutional issue being posed to registered voters in the Aug. 4 … more
As an emeritus faculty member of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, I feel compelled to offer some thoughts about the recent controversy involving the tweets by two school newsroom … more
To the Editor: Donald Trump is pretending to give us something, but is actually trying to steal our retirement. His TV ads and comments say he wants to give us a Payroll Tax cut. Two points- 1. … more
(Editor’s Note: For our readers intending to vote Aug. 4 in the Primary Election for Republican sheriff’s candidates, we are sharing some comments posted to Facebook by the interim Gasconade … more
New research from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that the nearly three dozen states to implement Medicaid expansion are better positioned to respond to the coronavirus outbreak and … more
Following a break in legislative action after the final day of the 2020 legislative session on May 15, activity in the State Capitol is starting to pick back up. Last week, the governor finished … more
If I had to pick a half-dozen lures to take with me all the time no matter where I intended to fish, one of them would no doubt be the celebrated floating Rapala. While we were in Canada a few … more
A few decades ago, Missouri’s Senate had a unique visitor — a baby squirrel. Harvey’s chamber appearance was unplanned. Arriving to the Capitol late one day, I entered the … more
Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” This saying goes at least as far back as Don Quixote, written in 1615, and is probably much older. While the proverb’s wisdom is obvious to anyone … more
About three years ago I sat in the Jefferson City offices of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Enforcement Chief Larry Yamnitz.  Missouri citizens need to know his direct words to … more
I wanted to take a moment to briefly explain my concerns to the community over the recent issue of “anti-police” rhetoric that is occurring on a national level.  For those of you … more
As we emerge from the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic, every state and local government, including our own, has begun to survey the economic damage caused by weeks of … more
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