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Opinions are like noses: everybody has one. It’s not often that you get sued for having an opinion, but the Missouri Farm Bureau has just been sued because we supported a bill passed by the Missouri legislature and signed by the governor. The plaintiffs have also sued the Missouri Cattleman’…

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There’s a day, a week or a month for everything these days. Some designations, of course, are more important than others. A designation I hope all of you will heed is this September’s National Preparedness Month.

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“We don’t ever think it’s going to happen to us, but it happened to me… because it happened to him.” Marion County farmer Lacey Miller’s emotion-filled words about her father, Ralph Griesbaum, are enough to bring anyone to tears.

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To the editor: Up until now, I have believed that the best way to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 has been to focus on advocating for the federal government to do more to help the lower and middle classes with their economic and financial struggles to survive and to pay their bills.

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To the editor: “Climate Change Threatens World Food Supply” is the headline wake-up alarm being sounded by leading newspapers. It was prompted by the release of a summary report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), staffed by more than 100 experts from 52 c…

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To the editor: I would like to respond to the letter “Good guy with a gun isn’t the answer” published on August 10, 2019. Throughout the letter “fully automatic weapon” is referred to when in fact no automatic weapon has ever been used in these horrible crimes. 

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To the editor: “Climate Change Threatens World Food Supply” is the headline wake-up alarm being sounded by leading newspapers. It was prompted by the release of a summary report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), staffed by more than 100 experts from 52 c…

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To the editor: At times we long for days past and the people we love and miss in a much different America when common sense and logic was the norm of the times. Though the hands of time can never turn back, except only in memories we’ve captured as they passed us by.

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The final week of July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the details of its 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP). This is the second edition of the program created by the Trump Administration in 2018 to assist farmers and ranchers after trade battles affected their products.

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To the editor: Who of us hasn’t thought about gun violence after the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso over the Aug. 3 weekend? CBS news was reporting a total of 250 mass shootings in 2019.

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To the editor: From July to December 1862 Confederate Gen. James McBride ordered Union sympathizers in Howell County, Missouri to leave Howell County or else face the consequences of his confederate soldiers overrunning County in a scorched earth policy. Many left in a wagon train to safety …

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To the editor: West Plains Area Farmers Market’s (WPAFM) members and board of directors are honored by the well-wishes we have received from community and business members over our recent celebration of our 37th year of operation in West Plains. 

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To the editor: We Americans must now put aside all the matters on which we are divided. There is one threat to our nation on which we must not be divided: our election process is in the sights of Russian agencies again. We are again (really, still) under cyberattack.

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Many of you know I grew up in a rural small town – a town with a great sense of pride and community involvement where kids grew up free to play outdoors; where our community, business and church leaders were our mentors; and where many a deal in our surrounding farm areas was made with integ…

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Aesop vividly illustrated the foolishness of killing the goose that lays golden eggs. Some of us feel we are observing the modern-day version of that fable when it comes to the Green New Deal (GND). The GND proposes to decommission all U.S. nuclear power plants within ten years. In 2018 nucl…

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To the editor: I would like to express my sincere thanks to the West Plains Fire department and EMT passengers that came to my rescue as well as the emergency room crew at WP Ozark Medical on July 4, 2019.

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To the editor: The quail population in this area of the Ozarks has diminished in recent years.  I guess that’s why the Missouri Department of Conservation is encouraging and even assisting landowners in the development of quail habitats on their land.

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To the editor: A well written letter is to be appreciated and respected. The following, published July 13, are in that category.

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To the editor, On Friday, July 12, we witnessed a community stand with its police department in a way other cities can only imagine. Though in many parts of our nation, law enforcement officers are being beat down by those who they swore to protect, West Plains is making steps to better its …

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To the editor, It is amazing to me what the law considers dangerous and illegal actions versus what is lawful.

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To the editor, I would like to see the U.S. Congress pass a program into law which would replace the former “Aid To Families With Dependent Children” program which was passed under FDR in 1935 and abolished in 1996. Ever since its abolition, there has been a large increase in the number of p…

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The Missouri Farm Bureau’s mission statement is, “Advocating for farmers, the rural way of life and all Missourians.” I was recently invited to make a presentation to the Missouri Farm Bureau’s State Resolutions Committee at the invitation of Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst. As I prepared,…

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To the editor: Missouri has a big problem with feral hogs. They continue to damage natural resources, destroy private agricultural and pasture lands, carry disease, and threaten native wildlife and domestic livestock. That will get worse unless we do something different.

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To the editor: I have read and heard different peoples’ feelings on abortion. Now it is time to voice my opinion. Abortion is murder. Not only that but abortion is premeditated murder. Come on folks it doesn’t take months to decide that rape or incest had occurred. I would guess you would kn…

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To the editor: How much are you willing to give not to be called racist, sexist, homophobe or xenophobe? Are you willing to grovel and beg for food and forgiveness for being born white and “privileged?” How about giving your entire paycheck, child’s future and any self-respect you may have? …

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To the editor: The 25th Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival was deemed a great success by artists, artisans, vendors and attendees alike! It was wonderful to see the camaraderie of the artists – even though each of them share the music all year long, it’s not very often that they are abl…

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To the editor: The Missouri Department of Conservation is planning to introduce more restrictive requirements on the issuance of Resident landowner Hunting Permits, and to further require that said landowners “register” their land. MDC claims public support for these changes.