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Prosecco is an affordable dry Italian sparkling wine that can fit the bill whenever and wherever a sparkling wine is called for; but when is that?  Usually, sparkling wines have been reserved … more
What we remember and when we recall it can be baffling at times. Earlier this week, I saw a garbage can and mumbled to myself, “I want traaaash bags.” I caught myself midstep and … more
Like most of the nation, I have been watching and waiting with trepidation to see what the Joe Biden presidency is shaping up to be. Will his government set to work quickly to rectify the worst … more
With the price of wine as well as everything else going up, it’s hard to deviate from those varieties that are old and familiar.  By staying with “old faithful” one cannot … more
Dear Editor: On behalf of the Early-Bird Rotary Club, we would like to thank the community for their continued support each year on our annual fundraiser: The Taste Of Johnson County.  We … more
The emerging lesson of the 21st Century is that, try as we might, we will never exercise full control over nature. It is faster, stronger, and sneakier than we are. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, … more
You don’t judge a book by its cover nor do you judge a wine by its price.  In more than 30 years of writing about wine, I have sampled some monumental stinkers that sold for more than … more
Many of us, as we progress through the trials and tribulations of life, have lost track of or have completely forgotten an old friend who helped us through our college years, consoled us during our … more
Wow! Just two months ago I said the move to all-electric vehicles was starting to grow exponentially in some countries and I’ve learned since then that nine countries have set a final date to … more
Winter is upon us but it is a great time for a cup of tea and a seed catalog.  Planning future gardens is an important winter activity for gardeners.  We dreamily envision our … more
Dear Editor: For the 47th year, our community supported the Christmas Store, a church-based mission to provide families with the food necessary for a holiday meal. With your contributions, 253 … more
LDear Editor: Johnson County just scheduled the second COVID vaccination clinic for 1/29. The 260 slots were filled within 10 minutes of the text notification. The same thing happened following … more
Dear Editor: Despite a global pandemic, residents throughout the West Central Missouri Area Team shared the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. At curbside … more
Valentine's day may prove to be a bit difficult in this year of the COVID-19 monster.  Kissing, hugging, holding hands and other displays of affection from either sex is strictly verboten … more
With the combined tumult of Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, the presidential election and not to forget the COVID-19 fears, it has been one active and emotionally trying season.  The … more
Two years ago, I launched a renewed effort to fight fraud and abuse in government by creating the Public Corruption and Fraud Division in my office. In every corner of the state, we've shown that … more
Ritual, an interesting word and is even more interesting when it is the name of a wine from the Casablanca Valley of Chile. Let's start with the word. The Webster dictionary definition is … more
Cuttin’up Custom Meat Processing and Fluffy Outdoors LLC are co-sponsoring a Coyote Killing Contest in Johnson County in February. Coyotes have been vilified and exterminated for over a … more
It is almost impossible to write a column about wine without frequently mentioning the wines of Italy as that country is the most prolific producer in the world.  Not meaning to bore you with … more
Why do I consider ‘electrifying’ transportation an important issue?  The main reason is that transportation is the largest emitter (28%) of greenhouse gases in the United States, so … more
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