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For more than 20 years, I have had the pleasure of photographing kids, from newborn to 90-years-old, sitting on the lap of the ‘jolly old elf’ for the newspaper.  We know him in … more
As many of us begin preparing for the holidays, the Missouri General Assembly is already looking ahead to next year. On Dec. 1, lawmakers began pre-filing legislation in preparation for the start … more
The criminal case for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia had a personal impact on me. Like Arbery, I often walk briskly in nearby neighborhoods. Although I must confess that at my advanced … more
The pandemic created a wide array of problems that needed immediate attention like increased funding and resources for our medical community to keep our country as healthy as possible, helping our … more
I begin this column with a confession. We journalists are reluctant to report about ourselves because under journalism ethics, a reporter should avoid covering something in which the reporter has … more
Many in the Democrat party are enraged after Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty — by reason of self-defense — last week by a jury of his peers. They believe there was no justice, that … more
The 10 deaths at a packed Houston, Texas, concert crowd raised powerful and haunting memories for me from an episode of an old TV series more than four decades ago — “WKRP in … more
I hope you enjoyed a Thanksgiving surrounded by the ones you love and a little too much food. We had a great day filled with our Thanksgiving favorites and lots of family time.  With today … more
We all remember the same story we were told as a young child about Thanksgiving — in a nutshell; the Pilgrims invited the Indians over for a big feast to thank them for teaching them how to … more
In 1620, a group of travelers aboard a small ship called the Mayflower landed on what would one day be known as Plymouth. They had already faced an arduous 66-day-long journey across the Atlantic, … more
It’s a cliché to say that everything’s connected. But we live in a world where this is clearly true. Ideas, goods, services, workers, tourists, commerce, communications, drugs, … more
As are you likely aware, this morning House Democrats unfortunately passed their massive socialist spending bill. This multi-trillion-dollar tax and spend spree could not come at a worse time, as … more
A recent New York Times article about U.S. Supreme Court edits of wording mistakes reminded me about how Missouri’s Supreme Court has dealt with legislative mistakes. The New York Times … more
A truth stands the test of time. That is how you know it is a truth. A truth cannot change. If it did, it would have been proven to be false. Just over 60 years ago, the column below appeared on … more
A recent New York Times article about U.S. Supreme Court edits of wording mistakes reminded me about how Missouri’s Supreme Court has dealt with legislative mistakes. The New York Times … more
Missouri is home to more than 400,000 veterans who have served our nation honorably in every war from World War II and Vietnam to most recently fighting in the War on Terror in the Middle East. We … more
A  recurring theme in western movies as I grew up was the ‘hired gun.’ Perhaps one of the best was the classic movie The Magnificent Seven — appraised as one of the greatest … more
Every year, on the 11th day of the 11th month, Americans pause to honor and remember those who bravely served our country in the armed services. Today known as Veterans Day, this occasion was … more
This week is National Veterans Small Business Week – a wonderful intersection between small businesses who keep our local economies thriving and our nation’s veterans who have sacrificed … more
People who truly love this country are those willing to sacrifice their lives, their health and family separations, so that others can enjoy the freedoms outlined in our Constitution and Bill of … more
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