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Dollars per vote

 November 17, 2017 – Back in the 1930’s in Jackson County, Tom Pendergast’s Democratic faction was known as the “goats.” In Kansas City, he would give a pint of whiskey for a vote.  Got…

Missing my grandkids

Dear Editor: It amazes me what some people will do and say to keep me away from my grandbabies. I have been to court, accused of hideous crimes and even…

Mr. Harlan’s Opus

November 3, 2017 – Letter to the Editor: I want to give a huge shout out to Mr. Tim Harlan. If you didn’t know, he is an amazing choir teacher/coach,…

The day my wife felt guilted into cooking

November 3, 3017 – My wife came home from a weekend visiting a college friend. She walked into the house carrying a bag of green tomatoes about the size of…

Hillbillies

November 3, 2017 – A recent book release written thirty years ago by Ruth Henning, wife of Paul Henning, creator of The Beverly Hillbillies, has put the Beverly Hillbillies and…

I’ll take it

October 27, 2017 – For many years, as a real estate broker, I specialized in the sale of farms. Sometimes, if the farm was not tillable, we would divide it in…

If Mario can be a plumber, so can I

October 27, 2017 – The *&^$@ thing wouldn’t fit. But it had to. The instructions said it would. Instructions? What kind of person have I been reduced to if I have…

Championship teams

October 20, 2017 – Every year some small town winds up with a winning football or basketball team. My hometown of Oak Grove was no different. Several years ago they had…

No tacos? Turns out I don’t know my wife at all

October 20, 2017 – After 15 years of marriage, I thought I knew my wife pretty well. It turns out she’s a stranger to me. Taking a morning walk with the…

Jeep maneuvers at night

October 13, 2017 – Gary Reagin was one of my best friends. Lo and behold we got drafted the same day and stayed together for two years in the Army…

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