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Recently, I had an opportunity to hear Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn speak at the Webster County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. You’ll rarely find a more enthusiastic champion for Missouri agriculture. A fifth-generation Missouri farmer, Chinn and her husband operate a 1,...
At the Capitol, we finished a special session on violent crime.  Governor Mike Parson called us back (the Missouri House and Senate) into extraordinary or special session to work on legislation combating the rise of violent crime in Missouri.  The Governor and I agree that one of the most...
Dear Amanda Mendez: Your reporter, Joy Hoglund, in writing concerning Mountain View council meeting, opined that the mayor stated that my statements concerning the police were "conspiracy theories"...not true. If you go back and watch the video you will hear us discussing the murder of Angela...
This November, Missourians have the opportunity to clean up politics by voting yes on Amendment 3. This measure will fix the redistricting mess that out-of-state activists brought to Missouri in 2018. It will also reduce campaign contribution limits and outlaw gifts from paid lobbyists to...
As we draw closer to election day, it feels like we have become the “Divided States of America.”  Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, or any other party, we are united in the hope that our country will survive as a Republic and leadership will find a way forward that...
When we hear the word discrimination, we think about the stories we see most dominant in the news, bias involving race or gender, but there is another type of discrimination happening across campuses of higher learning all over this country – one based on religion. University after university has...
It’s hard to believe it’s been six months since many of us first heard of a strange new virus coming from China. Our lives have changed so much since March 13, when the president declared a national emergency related to COVID-19.  Until then, things were going really well. Our economy was roaring...
In the past eight months, we have all seen a lot of craziness in the world, in our nation, and even in our community.  Most, if not all, of the craziness has been driven by fear.  Fear that we won't be treated fairly, fear that we will lose friends and loved ones, fear that we will lose our lives...
Events over the past few weeks have presented some interesting anomalies.  A few are worthy of commentary. During the Republican convention, the nominated candidates have talked about the protests, violence and looting that have occurred in the past few months.  They claim if Biden is elected...
I would like to take this opportunity to send out a thank you from the residents of Sunshine Village to all those who have been involved in the blessing boxes we have been receiving each week. I’m not sure who all to thank and don’t want to leave anyone out. I know that the Westside Life Center,...

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