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Next week, I am going to spend several nights on some lake in my camp-boat and hunt turkeys. I intend to take a long my johnboat to use for fishing. I will set a trotline, hunt mushrooms and … more
Over the past several months, I have seen an increase in RV campers, boats, etc. parking on city streets. At times this parking is near an intersection causing a traffic hazard/concern or the … more
If Mr. Hoernschemeyer doesn’t think President Trump is happy to define his own self-serving version of reality for us to swallow, that’s his privilege. Personally we don’t like … more
Mr. Miskel, Your recent decision to now support the Gasconade County Health Department’s “Stay at Home” order provides the citizens a unified voice from their county government … more
Dear Editor: The 2020 Census is our chance to make sure the hard-earned tax dollars we send to Washington D.C. make their way back to Washington County and the Meramec Region. For every adult and … more
I am going to start my column this week with a quote from Otto von Bismarck, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” Bismarck — whose full name and … more
The virus hasn’t made life much different for me because how I live now is not much different than I have always lived. Up here on this isolated ridgetop I call Lightnin’ Ridge, the … more
The coronavirus pandemic has raised some difficult journalistic questions for which there are not easy answers. Journalists are facing conflicts between stressing good health practices while, at … more
I want to commend the GCDC for the first half of their “ Defining Reality” letter on April 1, I think it was something that everyone agrees with. However the second half was the usual … more
Gentlemen, It has been reported, and widely disseminated, that the Gasconade County Commission rejects the issuance of a “Stay at Home” order. The notion that our county is rural and … more
This is Holy Week. A Holy Week unlike anything anyone has ever witnessed. One that just a few months ago, was unimaginable. It’s a Holy Week that will be experienced, for most of us, from the … more
It is ‘mushroom’ week here in my area of the Ozarks. I found the first ones on the second day of April, which is unusual because the average time of eruption over the years has been about … more
The COVID19 news is certainly not reassuring, but it’s not all bad either. To find the good news, however, it’s necessary to sometimes look carefully. Below are excerpts from a March … more
We all need a good laugh now and then — especially now. With the overwhelming majority of news today concerning the novel coronavirus I am constantly looking for distractions. If you spend all … more
White bass caught on ultra-lite equipment, will outfight about anything in a stream… except smallmouth. And when there is a good current in a tributary to any Ozark lake, if you find a bunch … more
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Most think of Florida and Louisiana when you think of Hurricane Katrina, especially New Orleans. The unfortunate … more
To the Editor: The news we received in recent weeks is dominated by reports about the corona 19 virus and how we should respond to it. I listen to the recommended guidelines and try to follow … more
Dear Mr. Warden: Your March 18 Editorial/Opinion in the March 18th edition of the Unterrified Democrat is irresponsible and dangerous to public health. By encouraging people to continue with … more
Hello Mr. Warden, Regarding your article that includes the statement “I’m not letting this new strain of flu scare me or affect my actions”  could not be more insensitive … more
I don’t want anyone to misinterpret what I’m saying in this column. I’m not saying authorities are overreacting and I’m certainly not saying that people should not take … more
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