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The sky is blue, the snow has melted, and the Covid home tests are once again negative. Hallelujah! My family and I have thankfully recovered from the virus, just in time for Valentine’s … more
As most of you probably know, the task of redrawing the U.S. Congressional District maps is the  responsibility of each state Legislature. The Missouri General Assembly has been grappling … more
This column is prompted by a question from a long-time statehouse observer as to why Missouri's legislature has become so divided. My answer involved the number of changes in the statehouse over … more
Prior to the 1900s, house finches couldn’t be found in this area. Now the problem isn’t seeing them here – it’s identifying them. This is the time of year when many people … more
This year was quite a success after not having the dinner for a couple of years.   The Polk County Christian School 3rd Grade Class decorated the tables and did a great job. We had a … 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
I had another birthday last week. Dec. 30 I turned 74. No need to congratulate me or send a belated card. Just greeting another year is gift enough. Besides, 74 isn’t considered … more
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the whole New Year’s shtick. A million years ago when I was single, I dreaded New Year’s Eve because there was far too much pressure on it. If … more
The Board of Directors of Polk County Christian Social Ministries wants to shout out a big THANK YOU to the people of Polk County for once again making our annual Share Your Christmas Program a huge … more
I remember Christmas shopping without credit cards. Of course, when I was a boy I could not have had a card; but, neither did Mom or Dad. As far as I know, Dad never did. All he ever bought on … more
Dear Santa, Don’t take this the wrong way. You know I love you. But what I need right now is not new things. It’s help. And correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t you have a … more
Have you ever been rolling along thinking that you’re doing a decent job of keeping everything done? Me, either! But one thing I have always thought I was pretty good at was recycling. … more
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