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Francis B. Church, editor of the New York Sun in 1897, printed his re-ply to a little girl’s question, “Is there a Santa Claus?” And “Yes, Vir-gin-ia, there is a Santa … more
Letter to the Editor:     First, thanks to The Gasconade County Republican for providing a venue for an open  discussion of issues facing this country Immigration The … more
In the last two weeks we went through several “named days” including Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday and one I’ve never heard of, … more
To the Editor: As has been reported daily in the last few weeks, according to Republicans, Democrats have been picking on the President because they are upset about the 2016 election. Is this … more
Being in the beef business is not a get-rich-quick career. Building a quality cow herd takes time; requiring breeding cows, waiting nine months for a calf and then the calf is raised to be sold. All … more
On Oct. 13, 2015 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said in an interview on CNN that “We should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden.” I agree with Sanders, we need to be … more
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
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