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Nothing has been very normal about this year, yet we have persevered and are down to the last couple of months. Sometimes it feels like Thanksgiving doesn’t get the credit it deserves, as it is … more
I glanced around my office this morning and realized that, if I have a decorating motif in this messy place, it must revolve around words. They’re everywhere.On one shelf is a small plaque that … more
Here it is at last — or will be tomorrow — Thursday, Nov. 26, Thanksgiving 2020, the official start of the holiday season, and a day with a long history. As early as 1777, all of the 13 … more
The title of this column is a question that kept popping into my head during Missouri's gubernatorial campaign. That question repeatedly was asked by fictional Pres. Jed Bartlet in the TV series … more
As we approach the end of this amazing and challenging year, Alzheimer’s Association advocates have been encouraging our legislators to advance increased funding and policy changes that will have a … more
Are you pleased with the presumed outcome of the 2020 elections? Many are — many aren’t. Regardless of your pleasure with the outcome (or lack of pleasure), you can do something positive about … more
There are four Missourians who helped develop the systems that provide you with accurate and prompt election night returns.To understand this column, you need to realize that the results reported on … more
Sometimes I have an idea for a column that grows to the size of a Saint Bernard or Great Dane and takes up all the space my editors give me.But sometimes, the ideas come in smaller packages — the … more
I was asked to express my thoughts on Joe Biden’s election and where I think the country is after he has secured 270 electoral votes. I could have been asked to do something a lot easier, like soak … more
Out and about and not a mask to be seen. Didn’t you run articles recently about the Polk County Health Center and the Bolivar City Council asking townspeople to wear a mask if they must be out in … more
Forget your political persuasions; I’m sure we want America to survive, not only to survive but to enjoy peace and prosperity, as well as good health for its citizens.With that in mind, I quote … more
As of today, Wednesday, Nov. 4, we know the outcome of our presidential election. At this writing, though, I don’t have a clue. I know what the pollsters predicted and I know how I’ll vote, but I … more
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