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President Donald Trump's recent news conference pronouncements involving allegations by federal-government whistle blowers reminded me of my growing experience in Missouri's statehouse by public officials seeking to avoid awkward questions from reporters.

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In honor of National Newspaper Week — and because your trust is important to us — we invited readers to ask questions about the BH-FP. The following questions, which have been edited for clarity and length, were either submitted this week or posed recently to the newsroom.

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Last weekend, we loaded up the SUV and drove to Dallas to attend one of the loveliest weddings I’ve ever seen. Our niece Abbey and her new husband Andrew are off to a beautiful start as a married couple.

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I learned more than a thing or two from Wednesday’s edition of the paper, including at least one thing much later than I would have preferred.

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Monday, Sept. 30, is the 25th anniversary of the passing of my South Dakota bride. We have been apart a year longer than we were together.

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I got hit on at the gas station last week. But it didn’t boost my middle-aged, mother-of-three ego because this particular pass didn’t come from a hot guy. It came from a fuel pump.

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I was cautioned when I arrived in Polk County that since I was not born here, I would never be “from here” and that I would likely be reminded of that a few times along the way, especially when I dared to offer an opinion.

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We are just days away from the release of the BH-FP’s 2019 Today’s Woman special section, which will be inserted in the Saturday, Sept. 28, edition.

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Even though it did, Humansville Fall Festival organizers and goers didn’t let it rain on their parade Saturday afternoon — at least not in the figurative sense.

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I’ve got good news and bad news. In March, an international team of scientists conducted an experiment showing that time reversal is possible. But before you jump in your DeLorean for a joyride, I should tell you the rest of the story.

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One year I grew pumpkins enough to supply the whole neighborhood with jack-o-lanterns.

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There are some terrific athletes at Bolivar High School, but not all of them are wearing the typical athletic uniforms and competing before the typical audience.

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Life seems full of hoops to jump through.

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If I said to you, think of two words that go together, what would come to mind?

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As I watched gray-haired old soldiers salute the flag last Friday, some standing only with the aid of a cane, my heart broke for these men and women of Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation.”

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High school students and their parents (and sometimes their grandparents) talk a lot about the “ACT” test and its corresponding scores. Those scores mean a lot when it comes to gaining entry into and earning scholarships for college.

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Three months ago, I moved into a new house on the other side of Bolivar. Two months ago, I planted a humble herb garden on the deck.