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Dear Editor,   To say that I’m angry about the Presidential Election of 2020, is only part of the story; I am heartbroken.  Regardless of whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, you should be heartbroken too.   It is already apparent that the strong economy, and other significant gains...
We moved here from California in 1950, and I started school in a one room schoolhouse called Davis School, an old one room schoolhouse with kids from kindergarten to seniors all in one room. Then when Mom went to work in the cafeteria in Willow Springs, I got to go to school in Willow Springs....
Affordable energy is important for our entire country, but it’s especially important where we live – for families, farmers, manufacturers, and small business owners. Unfortunately, President Biden has started his administration off with a rush to reinstate some of the worst Obama-era energy...
As the Missouri General Assembly concluded the sixth week of the 2021 legislative session, activity on the floor of the Senate chamber has picked up speed, with several bills advancing. The Legislature sent this session’s first “truly agreed and finally passed” bill to the governor’s desk on...
Nearly a month after Joe Biden promised unity, the division in our country has only grown deeper thanks to the partisan actions of Washington Democrats. They are bending the rules to push a massive bailout package through Congress while at the same time trying to impeach a President who has...
The Legislative Process in Jefferson City is similar to a freight train. When the engine starts up the train is barely moving but as time passes, it picks up speed and eventually becomes moving so fast it becomes a blur. In my few short weeks here, that train is already moving quickly.   ...
With a month now already gone by in session, business at the Capitol has ramped up.  Much of my time earlier in the year is concentrated on the state budget.  Later in the report, I’ll also highlight a few other important issues being talked about in the news.   I’m working in the Budget...
What a great week at the Capitol! I was proud to Co-sponsor HB 85 the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act that protects us as state citizens and our firearms. Unfortunately, the present administration in Washington DC is bent on taking away our 2nd Amendment Rights. This bill will protect our rights...
Last weekend, I took a drive over to West Plains to visit the COVID-19 vaccination clinic conducted by the Missouri National Guard in cooperation with local health officials. I’m not eligible to receive the vaccine yet myself so I didn’t get a shot, but I wanted to see how these mass vaccination...
Dear Editor: Christians and Evangelicals, do you support the President whose faith and devotion allowed him to persevere through unspeakable tragedy and loss; who has been devoted to his wife and children; who believes that all persons are equal, and we should love our neighbors as ourselves;...

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