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Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 11:56 AM

“Unacceptable,” is how President François Hollande of France describes current revelations regarding extensive spying by the United States government. Wikileaks files regarding France published in June reveal the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on three former presidents and wiretapped two finance ministers.Just a year ago, Washington was revealed as trying surreptitiously to gather information via surveillance of German government leaders.

Posted Jun 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Growing up, listening to 1950s’ AM radio, I’d regularly hear the breathless, distinctive Paul Harvey talk about “the rest of the story.” It was true then, true now. There’s almost always something...

Posted Jun 30, 2015 at 8:01 AM

I’ve been down to visit my people at a school reunion. My school was so small, we don’t have class reunions; we have school reunions. They try to have it in the Chickasaw Community Center, but there was a mix-up this year, so they...

Posted Jun 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Almost every farmer has said in one way or another, “My life begins with the land.” Look at it any way you want but this bedrock principle remains as it has for generations. Land ownership is the key to farming and ranching. Farmers...

Posted Jun 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM

The other day a man told me he didn’t approve of my criticism of the Missouri Department of Conservation. He made the bold statement, “They’ve done a good job of bringing back the deer and turkey.”I asked him if...

Posted Jun 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Lately I’ve been driving by grandpa Matt and grandma Mary’s place on west Harris Street as I travel to and from the Republic of Frontenac.Of course I’ve been having flashbacks.Like grandma at her sewing machine,...

Posted Jun 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Although tofu and soy milk are not on my usual shopping list, the many uses and benefits of soybeans in cropping systems make it almost illogical to leave them out of the rotation in an area with favorable growing conditions. Studies have shown...

Posted Jun 29, 2015 at 9:30 AM

There was a break in the rain a week or so ago, ten minutes after eight in the evening just before dark. And there he was, just like you would see him on some April morning, all puffed up, strutting before a hen. The old wild gobbler and his...

Posted Jun 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Despite farmer’s wishes for sunny skies, rains continued to plague the Midwest this week, with more likely to come.Too-wet conditions are forcing some farmers to give up on planting inundated acreage, which will reduce the...

Posted Jun 28, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Since June 3, I’ve probably crafted this column 20 different ways. That’s because it isn’t easy to say goodbye.There’s a reason why I’m saying goodbye. I’ve accepted a job in the marketing...

Posted Jun 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Our hot and humid Kansas summer is well underway. Drinking plenty of fluids in important and it’s easy to turn to sugary drink mixes, sports drinks and juice boxes in the summer because they’re convenient and tasty. The problem with...

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