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In today’s society it seems you read more about what is wrong with today’s youth. It is on a rare occasion that you get the opportunity to recognize young children for an admirable … more
As I type my weekly column I hear clicking sounds from the laptop keyboard, I’d never heard before. In the second day of wearing hearing aids, the sounds may drive me crazy. I hear the … more
Numerous stories have appeared in the past week stating that crime has “surged” in Oklahoma following criminal justice reforms made in that state in 2017 by Republicans. The claim … more
Our Thanksgiving holiday traces its roots back to 1621 when colonists held a feast with local Indians and gave thanks to God for a bountiful harvest. It was 240 years later, 1861, when Abraham … more
Benjamin Franklin said in his concluding speech before the Constitutional Convention, “…when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble … more
To the Editor: This is in response to the well composed and thoughtful letter written a few weeks ago titled “Immigration and Civility.” We do agree with several points the writer … more
Farmers who weren’t learning what they needed made their own Extension meeting. That proved to be great. At first, 20 years ago, I knew it as the Kirksville Livestock Symposium. Now as fame … more
Shortly after Donald Trump won the presidential election in 2016 many Democrats — who lost the election — have come to the conclusion that the Electoral College, outlined in the United … more
To the Editor: Life is full of choices and choices always have consequences. In our instance, we chose to live within the city limits of Owensville. We, with at least 50 percent of the … more
Missouri Beef Farmers gain a huge edge in producing high quality beef at lower production costs. Many farmers do know what it takes to combine higher returns with lower expenses. It takes … more
There are some intriguing similarities, but also contrasts between the current U.S. House investigation of President Donald Trump and last year’s Missouri House investigation of Gov. Eric … more
Sometimes a president has to step out on a limb and do something he knows is needed and is right, even though his political advisors say otherwise. That is what President Ronald Reagan did in 1987 at … more
“Trust your source, but fact check.” That adage learned long ago in basic journalism came back to me this week. The MU Extension annual conference held a new segment this year. The … more
To the Editor: Kidding means to tease or fool playfully. (Webster) There is nothing playful about what is going on. The day after Trump was elected, the Democrats in Washington started talking … more
To the Editor:   Gasconade County is so fortunate to have Dennis Warden to write his Editorials in the Gasconade County Republican. Thank you Dennis, and yes I do know you do your fact … more
Being good stewards of our land is something both Republicans and Democrats can agree on. Unfortunately liberal policies in California are greatly contributing to massive wildfires that seem to get … more
To the Editor: Recently, when this paper looked into the source of today’s political unrest it found an answer inspired by Sen. Roy Blunt’s comments on recent challenges to … more
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people … more
It was the summer of my sophomore year in college when I cut the strings from my parents and became independent. That was the summer when I signed up to sell books door-to-door for Southwestern … more
A  week ago I ran across something totally by accident that I want to share with you. Most Americans, nearly 6 out of 10 believe that homicides or mass shootings are the leading cause of gun … more
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