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The post commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars reads these words at the service for all our veterans when they reach their final resting place: The red of our country’s flag was made … more
To the Publisher: I agree with your premise that everyone is a person who should be treated with respect. I strongly disagree that it is only “liberals” who are being intolerant. … more
University of Missouri field day season started with two one-day events at MU Bradford Farm, Columbia. Field days translate research, both old and new, into terms farmers need and understand. An … more
Two items received this week detail efforts to improve broadband internet services in rural Missouri. The first, from the Meramec Regional Planning Commission, details some of the statistics and … more
A constant mantra of those who are trying to sell us on socialism is that we need an economy that works for everyone, not just the rich. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is one who is … more
To the Editor: It was with great interest that I read, “A pro choice view of abortion,” attributed to the Gasconade County Democrat Club (GCDC), collectively. I was surprised to see … more
Today is July 4; in America, it is Independence Day. The nominal birthday of my home. I’m not proud to be American. I’m thankful to be American. I was raised to believe in … more
If I live long enough, boyhood chores from on the farm will come back. Extension stories from last week remind me of what I learned as a farm kid. I have know-how of value deep in my brain. … more
Horton Hears a Who!, a children’s book written and illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better know by his pen name Dr. Seuss was one of my favorite books to read to our three children when … more
Making hay goes against nature. No one baled hay for the herds of buffalo that roamed the ranges, grazing. They got along fine while never eating a bale of hay. Can we learn from the buffalo? … more
I paid cash for the first car I purchased in 1977. It was only three years old — a 1974 Chevy Nova with around 20,000 miles on the odometer. I was able to do that because I started working … more
I cringe when the media gives the impression all women are for abortion. I believe abortion is killing a baby. There are many men and women who agree. When people say a woman should be able to do … more
Spectacular clouds bring super rains and lightening. For two days, Friday and Saturday, we had sky shows in Columbia. Fascinating, but threatening clouds rushed in. Today’s storms … more
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, we are witnessing a raging socialist movement in America today. This should scare the hell out of anyone with any sense. A recent Gallup poll says more … more
In a surprise story this week we learn that the government can move. Two large USDA agencies were told to move from Washington to Kansas City. Both connect to University of Missouri in many ways. … more
Abortion is a very emotional and divisive issue and people feel passionately on both sides of the issue. Here are some thoughts from the pro-choice side:  Pro-choice does not mean pro … more
In a recent article by the nationally syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker she says, “Biologically, life begins at conception. Full stop.” Now, “full stop” is an emphatic … more
I bet you’ve never considered this before — but if you think about it you would admit it — you read a newspaper as much for the advertising as you do the articles. Why? … more
At the start of his farm economic outlook for Missouri Ag Lenders Conference, Scott Brown said: Agriculture outlooks get harder when things are in flux. He cited volatility in many issues. You … more
For those of you who were unable to read my column last week, June 7 was Connie and I’s 33 wedding anniversary. As luck would have it, it fell on a Friday this year giving us a chance to take a … more
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