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In early September, hundreds and hundreds of young doves in nests will die because of the September 1 opening of the dove season. I know that the majority of dove hunters don’t know that, and … more
Even though the Missouri General Assembly finished its regular session in May, lawmakers and committees regularly meet to continue the people’s business. Just this week, three committees met … more
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be rich? By this, I don’t mean not having to worry about money. I’m talking Thurston Howell III rich. Rich enough to employ servants … more
A month ago, we wrote a column on COVID-19 identifying a band of mostly rural counties from eastern Montana/western North Dakota down through Missouri and Texas and across the South where … more
About 20 years ago I flew out to a little lake in northwest Ontario with Canadian guide and bush pilot, Tinker Helseth. It was a place where Tinker’s father, Forrest Helseth, who had also been … more
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent resignation following allegations of inappropriate behavior with women staffers offers some interesting similarities but also contrasts with the resignation … more
Summer is winding down, and after a fun-filled few months of family trips, camps, summer jobs, and spending a little extra time together, it is time for Missouri students to return to school. … more
Summer is flying by, and now that we’re in August most members of Congress have headed back to their hometowns for the District Work Period. This time allows me to travel extensively around the … more
On Aug. 10, we marked the state’s 200th anniversary of statehood. It was on that day all the way back in 1821, that Missouri formally became the 24th state to enter the Union. And what a 200 … more
Perhaps the most dangerous movement the progressive element of the Democrat party is pushing today in America is critical race theory (CRT).  Before I go any further, let’s define what … more
I don’t think I ever witnessed what the squirrels are doing here on Lightnin’ Ridge this summer. They are chewing up the white oak acorns in my back yard, and it started the first week of … more
Tuesday, Aug. 10, was a hot summer day. Despite this, hundreds gathered outside the Missouri State Capitol to celebrate Missouri’s bicentennial statehood anniversary. Two hundred years ago, … more
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to allow for the use … more
This year was the second time I’ve seen the power women legislators can have when they are united. The latest was success of a bi-partisan group of Missouri women senators to force a compromise … more
JEFFERSON CITY — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Missouri’s entry into the United States, announced a reading of Missouri’s Constitution was … more
Do you have a great idea for a business? Or already own a business and are looking for ways to take it to the next level? A loan could provide the extra boost your small business needs. However, … more
In Missouri, a 2015 law prevents legislators from banning single use plastics, a devastating source of pollution that has largely gone unrecycled. Half of all plastics are meant to be used only … more
In Congress, policy negotiations often center on a couple questions: how much does the bill cost and how much does the bill save? But the intense focus on these numbers can have the effect of … more
For elections to work, we all need to trust the results — both the winner and loser. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III has pointed out that the winner of an election can always be … more
For 200 years, Missourians have raised families, farmed land, established businesses and made major contributions to Amer- ican history and society. Our state is home to the nicest people you could … more
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