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“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...
Before I address the topic I really want to discuss this week, I need to update everyone on the extra legislative session currently underway at the State Capitol. On Aug. 7, Senate Bill 1 cleared the upper chamber and moved onto the House of Representatives. This legislation includes six...
Letter to the Editor: On Aug 5 2020, I was a Patriot Guard  Rider on the escort for WWII Hero Seaman First Class Orval Austin Tranbarger. I want to commend All the M/C Riders from the various organizations that were present that day: Patriot Guard, Combat Vets, American Legion, V F W and those...
Letter to the Editor: Douglas and Howell are among the ten poorest counties per person in the United States. This is because a few wealthy local families and our Republican legislators have worked diligently to keep wages unsustainable low. The current Republican Party cares more about...

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