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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
My children get a little tired sometimes of me encouraging them to “think big and do good.” I was reminded this week that not all good deeds have to be big. The book fair has been going on … more
I volunteered to work on Election Day in Cole County, and took training as an election judge. At 54, I’m younger than most volunteers who might not feel safe working, I reasoned, and I had a ton … more
A couple of years ago Bull Shoals was at the highest lake level ever seen. As a result they released water in record amounts into the White River below the dam. That summer I fished with a friend and … more
On Wednesday, Dec. 2, my colleagues and I approved the extra session spending bill and sent it to the governor for his consideration. I am hopeful that the funding and programs outlined in the bill … more
On Dec. 2, the Missouri Senate passed a $1.27 billion supplemental budget as part of a second extra session called by the governor to further coronavirus relief efforts in our state. The … more
When the history of this era is written, special attention should be reserved for the prominent U.S. politicians who dismissed or misrepresented the COVID-19 pandemic for political purposes. The … more
My parents used to buckle my sister, Denise and I into the family sedan every Christmas season for our annual trip to St. Louis.  This was not a shopping trip. It was to see the holiday … more
From our favorite restaurants, ice cream shops, hardware stores, florists, barbers, you name it – local small businesses hold a special place in towns across America. There is something about … more
On Monday of this week, The New York Times made the following statement: “Every day, Times reporters will chronicle and debunk false and misleading information that is going viral … more
The United States has been in a world of hurt in 2020. COVID-19 has spread across the country, affecting businesses and families nationwide. To make matters worse, alcoholism and substance abuse, in … more
When Missouri’s House begins its 2021 session, it may face a fascinating issue of residency which has a long history. The issue arises from a St. Louis Post Dispatch report that Rep. Nick … more
To the Editor: The editorial last week voiced hopes that President-elect Biden displays the courage and stamina to resist the pressure from the radical wing of the Democrat party. Amen to … more
On Dec. 2, the Missouri Senate passed a $1.27 billion supplemental budget as part of a second extra session called by the governor to further coronavirus relief efforts in our state. The … more
On Wednesday, Dec. 2, my colleagues and I approved the extra session spending bill and sent it to the governor for his consideration. I am hopeful that the funding and programs outlined in the bill … more
The United States has been in a world of hurt in 2020. COVID-19 has spread across the country, affecting businesses and families nationwide. To make matters worse, alcoholism and substance abuse, in … more
   To the Editor: The people of Gasconade County are generally kind, caring people who help our neighbors. There are fund raisers whenever someone’s house burns down, or a … more
I don’t have much trouble social distancing. I live on a high ridge miles from any towns. This ridge is completely timbered, with a nice pond I built to water wild creatures that live here, and … more
During the 2020 campaign for President we were sold a bill of goods that Joe Biden is a moderate, center of the road Democrat. One who would unify America. His choice for his vice-presidential … more
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