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President Donald Trump’s recent news conference pronouncements involving allegations by federal-government whistle blower reminded me of my growing experience in Missouri’s statehouse by … more
One piece of legislation that is now law in Missouri is meant to provide a helping hand to veterans who want to further their education. During the 2019 session, lawmakers approved a bill that … more
This past week, MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna announced new job numbers for the state’s ongoing transportation infrastructure projects. Despite gaining 2,300 construction jobs, a survey of … more
Cellphones with cameras bring snapshot photos into view every day. But, I doubt communication improves. What story does a photo of a dinner plate tell Facebook viewers? You had to be there to … more
Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the First Amendment. The blood of patriots is the … more
Dear fellow citizens, The speaker of the U.S. House, Nancy Pelosi, recently and rightly quoted Ben Franklin-that the government our founders created was “A republic, if you can keep … more
Marjorie Campbell turned 103 last Friday and had a great birthday party. There was a good crowd on hand at Baptist General to help our birthday girl celebrate. I visit Marjorie – not as much … more
Two weeks ago I traveled to Kansas City for the 153rd Missouri Press Convention. One of our speakers was Missouri Senator Roy Blunt. Blunt did not have a prepared speech for the journalists … more
A couple of weeks ago this column focused on the fact that many Democrats continue to spread the lie that President Donald Trump is a racist. A lot of people in America continue to be ignorant of the … more
Litter is terrible. It’s found on our highways, streets and parks. From there it makes its way into our streams and eventually the ocean, even from here in mid-Missouri. A couple of weeks … more
I don’t know if Donald Trump is a racist, frankly, I don’t care. What I do focus on is what he does, and there’s a lot of things I don’t like. However, I agree with you that … more
A recent visit my wife and I paid to Harry S Truman’s library and museum in Independence caused me to reminisce about Truman’s legacy in Missouri’s statehouse. It’s a … more
Labor day became an official holiday in the Untied States in 1884. It honors the American labor movement which built this country with blood, sweat and tears, and made America great. With labor day … more
To workers, time amounts to dollars. As I age, time shrinks as my stamina drops. Time gains value. Walking my ag beat on campus, I find extension specialists have less time to tell their stories. … more
Overall I’m a healthy person for one about to enter my sixth decade in this life. I do not remember ever having the flu, I’ve never been admitted to the hospital and I rarely need to … more
Cattle markets fascinate me. I don’t have a dime invested in cattle, with no calves on pasture nor going to packing plants. I look forward each Friday to a weekly market report from Irsik … more
To the Editor: July 3, 1919, was the day Missouri ratified the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women equal voting rights across the nation. Unfortunately, 100 years later, this date went … more
To the Editor: Among the many current fault lines that threaten to shake and divide our nation, is one which has existed for centurieS…racial relations. How is it that we can all have … more
A mouse is standing outside his house, having just pulled a gun on a cat, who is depicted with one paw raised in mock submission. “Six rounds. Nine lives, you do the math,” says the … more
Dear Editor, I would like to just make a few comments about the state of today’s political situation and the Republican party. All of them are indeed verified facts, not fake news by … more
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