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On a sunny election day a few years ago, when I still lived down in the southeast part of the county, I stopped by a small municipal fire station to vote on my way to the office. I walked up to … more
Next week the Inaugural Missouri Beef Days will kick off starting on May 16, ending on May 21. The event will be filled with farm tours, educational resources from local cattlemen, a shindig serving … more
We had some great days in April.  We had Palm Sunday and Easter, of course, but with days like Earth Day and Arbor Day thrown in there for good measure, one might have thought spring had … more
In a few weeks Bolivar will celebrate Missouri Beef Days, a celebration of the impact that the beef cattle industry has had on Polk County. Due to the upcoming celebration, I would like to celebrate … more
In reading the Bolivar Herald-Free Press on Wednesday, April 27, I couldn't help but notice the letter to the editor entitled “Beef Day 'education,'” by Zach Stewart. Even though I know … more
Here’s the answer to almost any problem you’re having today. It’s only three words long and makes you smell good: Take a shower. Too simplistic, you say? Let’s look at the … more
Recently, we have displayed in our front window at Stephens Photography a crudely constructed sign that states, “We are Ukraine.” Originally it was a knee jerk response to the news … more
In response to Beef Days touting “education” as a part of their upcoming festival, I’d like to share some facts regarding the animal agriculture industry. I must begin by stating … more
Dear editor, On March 10 the Word & Way reported that the Missouri Baptist Convention called for an emergency prayer meeting because Hannibal LaGrange University — an MBC-controlled … more
It’s pretty safe to say that most people don’t like complainers.  That must be why Ben Lee is so well liked! He is usually ready to greet visitors to the Polk County Recycling … more
I am writing a letter to encourage a "Yes" vote on the April 5 Pleasant Hope School Bond. This is a NO tax increase, it will provide $3 million in funds. These funds will help renovate each of the … more
Last week I did something that took no effort at all. I turned 49. As special occasions go, you can’t beat a birthday. No one expects you to plan for it. No one needs you to cook or shop or … more
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