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The first U.S. Senate campaign I covered in Missouri was in 1974, when Republican Thomas B. Curtis ran unsuccessfully against Democrat Tom Eagleton. Since then, I’ve observed many political speeches, campaign appearances and national conventions. I’ve also seen my share of political commercials. While some stretched the boundaries of truth, I never witnessed a blatant … Continue reading Lying in the Age of Trump
Big money dominates Missouri politics. Here in Columbia, and in Boone, Howard, Cooper and Randolph counties, Exhibit A is $50,000. A $50,000 bundle of cash state Rep. Chuck Basye accepted from David Humphreys, the businessman who tried to crush Missouri labor unions. Basye, a Republican from Rocheport, is an opponent of organized labor. Since 2015, … Continue reading Following Basye’s Money
SWEET HOME, Oregon–We were in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest recently as part of a five-week camping and hiking tour of the West, when U.S. Forest Supervisor Tracey Beck issued an order prohibiting campfires, smoking, welding and the use of chainsaws for the period Aug. 24 to Nov. 1. The notice, posted on the campground bulletin … Continue reading Smoke Signals in the West
KETCHUM, Idaho–Rolling out of the Sawtooth Wilderness, heading south on Idaho Route 75, Judy and I recently paused in Ketchum to see how Ernest Hemingway was remembered there. The great writer of “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “A Farewell to Arms” and “The Old Man and the Sea” (for which he won the Nobel Prize … Continue reading Remembering Ernest Hemingway