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MIKE MASTERSON: Costly lessons

Swindle in the court

Subscriber onlyFate might well have been involved when a lawyer named Swindle was admonished and fined over $16,000 for questionable actions in three cases. Continue reading...

Alienating base

Latest trend

Subscriber onlyI've written previously about what a foolish business plan it is for companies to needlessly alienate customers from all faiths and ideologies by publicly taking sides on political and social issues. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Lifetimes of stuff

Subscriber onlyI seriously doubt, in fact I am certain that, except for a few mementos and treasured items that touch them sentimentally, my grown children with homes of their own and lots of their own stuff don’t want it. They really don’t need to sort through things that are years old and probably considered somewhat dated. Plus, I don’t want to dump that responsibility on them. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Watchdogs' bias

Impaired Buffalo

Subscriber onlyIt's troubled me for years that our Department of Environmental Quality (cough) relies on the Big Creek Research and Extension Team, with an obvious agricultural bent toward protecting C&H Hog Farms, to authenticate any contamination leaking from that facility into adjacent Big Creek. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Justice for Janie

Subscriber onlyA father's obsession Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: The size of a lifetime

Subscriber onlyI read the other day that excited scientists with the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne, Germany, appear to have discovered an effective way to predict the natural lifespans of organisms ranging from worms to flies and, yes, even you and me. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Buffalo impaired

We were warned

Subscriber onlyWe've been warned for years by hydrogeologists, geoscientists and others who understand disease-causing bacteria and contamination of waterways. Continue reading...

Millions spent

To greet visitors

Subscriber onlyIf you already owned the property, what kind of 3,150-square-foot building with sidewalks, covered picnic tables and a maintenance shed could you build in an Ozark Mountain community for more than $700 a square foot? Perhaps a mini-me version of Hearst's Xanadu castle? A palatial abode with polished marble floors and solid gold fixtures? Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Secret to remembrance

Subscriber onlyAmong life’s profound proverbs is one unfortunately few people grasp or follow. It says everything we do to benefit ourselves over a lifetime is buried with us. It’s only what we’ve done for others that remains as a testament to our having once passed through. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: New threat arises

For cave survivors

Subscriber onlyThose 12 members of the Wild Boar Soccer Club in Thailand and their coach rescued from deep inside a watery cave are safe physically. Continue reading...

What law?

Governing by email

Subscriber onlyThe actions of local elected public servants continue to trigger distress through my gastrointestinal tract when they repeatedly and systematically act against the best interests of those who trust them to manage in a legal and open manner. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Our defining question

Subscriber onlyIt’s been called by one Christian minister and author the emerging question of our day, one that defines us. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Ozarks adventure

Stingrays and Samson

Subscriber onlyGranddaughter Elizabeth and her dad Brandon were in town on daddy-daughter summer vacation anxious to experience Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in nearby Springfield, Mo. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Wicked ending

On Jeopardy

Subscriber onlyThe crowd began filing in early at John Paul's Restaurant and gathering place in Harrison. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: The beast abides

Subscriber onlyThe hairy beast with pointed claws and sharp teeth invaded quietly. Continue reading...

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