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To the Editor: As an item of interest, I’m a longtime property owner in Maries County and my paper is mailed to my St. Louis County address (Zip code 63124-1269). Today, April 28, I received … more
I put my pellet rifle out on the back porch last week, so I could kill two or three birds coming to the back yard bird feeders. Bet that causes some eyebrows to rise! The birds I shoot are … more
Two weeks ago, I struck a nerve with many Democrats when I dared to judge our current President, Joe Biden, with the same yardstick they beat Donald Trump over the head with for four long … more
Senators Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., recently introduced legislation that would allow licensed medical professionals to provide treatment in any state through the remainder of the … more
Here in Missouri, we are fortunate to be surrounded by natural beauty. While we were just reminded that we’re still in the season of going from spring to snow and back to 70-degree days in a week, … more
With just three weeks remaining in our legislative session, I wonder what this bicentennial general assembly will be remembered for? This week, the Missouri House of Representatives voted to expel … more
This week, the Missouri Senate gave an initial round of approval to one of my priorities for the 2021 legislative session. Senate Bill 36 creates the Capitol Complex Tax Credit Program and allows … more
The ability to cast one’s vote on Election Day is a fundamental part of our representative republic. An individual’s vote is their voice and their ability to choose who represents them at all … more
Usually by the first of May all over the Ozarks, top-water fishing for bass becomes the best way to fish, at least for me. So I found me a nice little cove with water about the perfect color, and a … more
In my formative years, and as a father of two Boy Scouts, I spent many nights away from the comforts of home in a collapsible shelter — more commonly know as a tent. These shelters have been … more
America has been slipping for decades. Lyndon Johnson made dishonesty the rule of the day, but he did love this country. Things really took a turn for the worse with the election of Barack Obama in … more
The Missouri House refusal to fund voter-approved Medicaid expansion reminded me of a long Missouri legislative tactic of “kicking the can down the road” involving state funding for … more
In 2015, the then Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster (R-PA) led negotiations with members of both parties in the House, Senate and White House on a … more
Missouri is blessed with fertile farmland and hardworking people who know how to put it to good use. According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, our state is home to more than 95,000 … more
“If making laws were easy, we’d have too many.” That’s what was on my mind this week, as I listened to colleagues debate bills on the floor of the House. With just four weeks remaining in … more
Rural residents and farmers understand the importance of good roads and bridges. It’s the reason why Missouri Farm Bureau has long supported essential funding for our state and local highway … more
To the Editor: This last missile from the Democrats insulted my intelligence. Opening Day! What a crock! If they think we conservatives are going to hold hands with them and sing Kum Ba Yah, they … more
To the Editor: Last week’s editorial page offered a glaring contrast in approaches to the divisiveness in our country. The local Democrats Club lobbied for open minds, open hearts as the … more
The coronavirus pandemic has affected each of us in ways too numerous to count. No one could have predicted more than a year ago after our state’s first positive case in St. Louis County that we … more
I started guiding turkey hunters in the early 1980’s, an offshoot of growing up guiding fishermen on the river. An outdoor writer has to learn to supplement his income when he is raising a … more
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