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You probably know grandchildren have the energy of a hummingbird, particularly if they are under 10 years old. It doesn’t seem fair but it is fun to try to keep up.  The 8-year-old … more
The financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdowns continue to reverberate in our community. As of early July, the PUD had more than 1,100 customers with delinquent power or water … more
After a war has ended, historians, elected officials, and faith leaders, no less than the people involved, often raise doubts over whether the outcomes were worth the many horrific costs.But mourning … more
Call me naïve, but I’ve never quite gotten why some politicians want to limit voters’ ability to cast their ballots. Sure, I know that plenty of people like to flip the classic … more
More short items from the Mann with a short attention span:  — Tomatoes, Tomahtoes:  A friend from Northern California recently moved to Kala Point. And she soon learned that her … more
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols. more
My wife BJ and I are pretty friendly people. We enjoy most others and make an effort to enlist their trust and friendship.  However, some of our friends will tell you there is a real price to … more
As a rural community, our ability to respond to emergencies and recover from disaster is dependent on the networks and relationships we build in advance. Knowing where and how to connect to … more
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols. more
Well, you would think the pandemic is over. Frankly, here in Jefferson County it is just about over for any citizen who got vaccinated.  Probably not so much in Southwestern Missouri where … more
Facing Full Faces: As the man said when opening a can of fish eyes: Things are looking up.  The grocery stores no longer require masks, nor do many other stores and restaurants. Theaters may … more
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols. more
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