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In the past eight months, we have all seen a lot of craziness in the world, in our nation, and even in our community.  Most, if not all, of the craziness has been driven by fear.  Fear that we won't be treated fairly, fear that we will lose friends and loved ones, fear that we will lose our lives...
Events over the past few weeks have presented some interesting anomalies.  A few are worthy of commentary. During the Republican convention, the nominated candidates have talked about the protests, violence and looting that have occurred in the past few months.  They claim if Biden is elected...
I would like to take this opportunity to send out a thank you from the residents of Sunshine Village to all those who have been involved in the blessing boxes we have been receiving each week. I’m not sure who all to thank and don’t want to leave anyone out. I know that the Westside Life Center,...
“Douglas and Howell are among the ten poorest counties per person in the United States”  A line in an Opinion Letter from the August 12 edition of the Howell County News caught my eye.  I’ve been here for 10 years now, and consider this home.  It’s a good place to live.  I agree there are...
An unusual challenge. That is what comes to mind when I reflect back on my Summer 2020 focus on Southern Missouri Agriculture. Visiting all 30 counties across what makes up the 8th Congressional District during the normal Congressional August break in voting has been a tradition I have carried on...
So you're registered to vote. You've heard a lot about different ways to vote in the November election. If you haven't decided whether to cast your ballot in person or not, don't wait too long, and take time to review the rules. This year all voters can opt to use mail-in ballots. Legislation...
By Dan Wehmer Webster County Citizen (reprinted with permission)     As of last Tuesday, I personally knew one person who I could confirm had the COVID-19 virus. A day later, that number was seven. And I was one of the seven. If you noticed my absence from the office last week,...
Since June, I have been telling Missouri voters through print, TV and radio interviews to request absentee or mail-in ballots early and to return them to their local election authority without delay. With more than 10 weeks before the Nov. 3 election, there is no reason to think the sky is...
All across Missouri, children are heading back to school. In a normal year, August brings new clothes, a trip to the store for supplies and hopeful anticipation of new experiences and the joy of reuniting with friends. This year, all of those things are mixed with apprehension and uncertainty....
When the lead in The New York Times is to praise something accomplished by the Trump Administration, you know that the ‘something’ must have been a big deal. That was the case this week as those of us who are a fan of peace, stability, and democracy were greeted with the massive development that...

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