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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 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
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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
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
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
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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
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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
Unclean. Unclean. Unclean. Because Connie and I traveled to the state of Illinois last week we are suddenly being treated by some like we are lepers. Some people seem to believe that because we … more
A Missouri incident nearly a decade ago demonstrates the danger of politicians trying to control health information as the administration of President Donald Trump has done to deal with the … more
To the Editor: Do you want the person cleaning your teeth, flipping your burgers and picking your strawberries to be sick with no health insurance? This coronavirus epidemic has made me think … more
One million, expressed as a number, is 1,000,000 and has six zeroes. One billion, expressed as a number, is 1,000,000,000 and has nine zeroes. One trillion, expressed as a number is … more
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My friend and photojournalism mentor, Duane Dailey, has written his final column, ending a Missouri journalism career spanning more than 55 years. His death March 10 came rather suddenly, … more
Trying to find a story on a national newscast or website that isn’t about the coronavirus is like trying to whistle with your mouth full of saltine crackers. It’s not impossible, but … more
To the Editor: Recently, we in the Gasconade County Democrats Club suggested that the corrosive, gut-level divide in our country is deeper than mere policy differences between the left and right, … more
To the Editor: Your editorial on “soft corruption in national politics” is a good example of “soft corruption” in journalist fairness. You begin your article with … more
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