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The world witnessed the failure of a planned economy with the collapse of the Soviet Union on Dec. 31, 1991. “The total number (of people) who died unnatural deaths under communist … more
Dec. 1 is the first day of filing new legislation to be heard this next legislative session beginning Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024. One of the bills I will file this year addresses landowner concerns … more
This column is prompted by the problems plaguing Missouri House Speaker Dean Plocher who is facing calls by his colleagues to resign because of financial double-dipping by seeking reimbursement from … more
Can you believe it? We’re already past Thanksgiving and hurdling toward the rest of the holiday season. I hope you were able to spend time with loved ones, enjoy some delicious home cooking, … more
I keep track of all the birds I have seen on this wilderness ridge where I live and there is a huge list after living here more than 30 years. Several are very rare. The rarest of all showed up about … more
Tradition is an iconic word this time of year for good reason. Thanksgiving dinner always starts at the same time, and the same family members gather, often at the same home. In the backyard, … more
On Nov. 22, 1963 — 60 years ago today — the 35th President of the United States was riding in the presidential limousine, a Lincoln with the top off, through the city of Dallas, Texas, … more
For your benefit, there are community leaders gathering in Montgomery County to discuss economic development for the region. There are those working behind the scenes to bring economic … more
Given the feelings of unease that often punctuate our daily lives in many areas, the holiday season provides an opportunity for us not only to celebrate, but to discover lasting meaning that could … more
The other day I crossed the Roubidoux River and thought about Lane Davis. Lane was the longtime owner and editor of the Houston Herald newspaper and he hired me to paddle him down the Roubidoux, … more
A s I grew up, my parents were proud season ticket holders to Mizzou Football at the University of Missouri in Columbia. This tradition lasted almost 30 years until they were priced out of the market … more
There’s an old model ‘97 Winchester pump shotgun hanging on my office wall. It is old and scarred, a long-barreled relic from the good old days of my boyhood. In the fall, when the Ozarks … more
This week, Indianapolis plays host to nearly 70,000 FFA members from across the country, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These students have worked months, if not years, for the opportunity … more
As one of my readers recently pointed out, “The first casualty of War is Truth,” — a 1918 quote attributed to Calif. Senator Hiram Warren Johnson. It turns out many antisemitics … more
Last week, we discussed the many appropriations bills Congress needs to pass to keep the government running. We are in the middle of that process now and are debating everything from the funding of … more
Dear Editor, President Biden’s scrip writer made Biden sound like a strong leader, an informer of peace, a supporter of Israel. We all know Biden can not put two sentences together on his … more
Dear Editor, Judicial Watch started by Tom Fitton investigates legal and judicial activities where corruption exist and fights for accountability, integrity in law, politics and government. … more
I talk to outdoorsmen around the Ozarks it is amazing how ignorant they are about their rights as hunters and fishermen. The greater percentage of those I talk to wrongly believe that agents can come … more
A couple of weeks ago I was talking with guide in Ontario who got a good laugh out of the bear hunting which forbids using bait. He said that without bait, few bears would ever be killed anywhere. In … more
When the Corps of Discovery Expedition, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, met in St. Charles to start their journey up the Missouri River in 1804, the native Americans in the central part of … more
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