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As they continue to face challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, rural small businesses and communities with loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program find … more
To a considerable degree, both the Democrat and Republican parties are headed by people who are delusional. Democrats seem particularly out of touch when it comes to relations with China and … more
As we begin celebrating Christmas, I always like to reflect on the year behind us. In many ways 2020 was a year worth forgetting, but through it all we have seen extraordinary displays of generosity … more
Francis B. Church, editor of the New York Sun in 1897, printed his re-ply to a little girl’s question, “Is there a Santa Claus?” And “Yes, Vir-gin-ia, there is a Santa … more
“Yes, indeed! “Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age — they do not believe except what they see — they think that nothing … more
We don’t often think of Polio anymore because no new cases have been diagnosed in the U.S. since 1979 – thanks to a vaccine. Researchers started work on the Polio vaccine in the 1930’s, but it … more
As the FDA has just granted Pfizer’s COVID vaccine emergency approval, I have begun to see a lot of questions surrounding this shot and, unfortunately, many inaccuracies. Briefly, I’d like to … more
Two famous sayings by John Paul Jones comes to mind in these trying time: “The statue of our homeland is no more than the measure of ourselves. Our job is to keep her free. Our will is to keep the … more
If you pay attention to global affairs, you know that increasing numbers of people believe U.S. leadership in the world is coming to an end and the West more broadly is being eclipsed. I think … more
Twelve months ago, I wrote a short column about Christmas and the spirit of giving in a troublesome year. It seems that message is as relevant as ever. In 2019, our community faced damaging … more
This column is inspired by a 1970 song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for parents to “teach your children well.” I’ve been thinking about that song often as I’ve wondered how my … more
Many will not be sorry to look in the rearview mirror in just 16 short days and watch as this year becomes history. Let’s face it, 2020 started with a lot of promise just 12 short months ago with … more
In my column from Nov. 4, I stated I felt the wheels were falling off for Biden and that Trump would win. I wrote: On the Sunday before the presidential election in 1980, Jimmy Carter’s … more
Surrounded by more miles of shoreline than the entire state of California – over 1,100 – Missouri’s Third District is home to beautiful views, an abundance of activities for water lovers, and … more
The election is over, Joe Biden has been officially certified. President Trump in spite of all his efforts to rig the election, with over 60 of his ridiculous judicial appeals, to include SCOTUS. We … more
Christmas on Main Street: from beginning to end, it was a heart-warming celebration of the true meaning of Christmas. The event provided an opportunity to enjoy the many decorations, to share with … more
In the “For the Record” section by Ralph Voss, Loss of Credibility, my experts say, and I believe them, that the collapse of Communist Russia was caused by prayers said by a devout peoples, to … more
The year 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of statehood for Missouri — Aug. 10, to be exact. Almost seven years ago, the 97th Missouri General Assembly put the State Historical Society of … more
We’re getting to that point in the year when gifts are being bought, wrapped in festive paper and bows and placed under the Christmas tree. If you were anything like me as a child, this was … more
To the Citizens of Belle: I would like to start by saying it has been a privilege to have served you as mayor for two years and as councilman Ward 2 for many years. I have always considered every … more
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