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Dear Editor, I read with interest the article written by Congressman Jason Smith, “What I Witnessed”.  I'll begin at the point where things should have been addressed by competent government.  For 6 months, in various cities around the nation, local, state, and federal governments turned a...
U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) issued the following statement responding to President-elect Joe Biden’s comparison of him and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to a Nazi propagandist: "President-elect Biden has just compared me and another Republican Senator to Nazis. You read that correctly. Think...
Martin Luther King, Jr., once said that “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” Over the past year, we have seen violent protests spread throughout our country, and over and over, those who committed violence were not held accountable. In...
On Wednesday, Jan. 6, I walked into the Missouri Senate chamber, raised my right hand and took the oath of office to uphold the Constitution and faithfully perform my duties. Standing in that majestic room, with its marble columns, stained glass windows, decorative skylights and so much history,...
Dear Editor:   I call on Mayor Jack Pahlmann to retire immediately. He has served West Plains citizens effectively for many years, but it is dishonorable of him to disenfranchise the voters of West Plains on his way out the door.  If Mayor Pahlmann continues with his current retirement plans...
Dear Editor, I read with interest the “David Evans Capitol Report”, published in the Dec. 23rd edition of the Howell County News.  I felt the need to take exception to one thing that he, and other lawmakers are considering.   “Why should teachers be exempt from paying state income tax?”  I...
Greetings Howell County Citizens. I just wanted to take some time and again say thank you for entrusting me with the coveted position of being your Sheriff. As I reflect over 2020 how does one put into words the good, the bad, and the ugly. As I’ve stated in the past, we live in a great...
When you think of the power to right wrongs, you hope it starts with the capacity to exercise virtue or moral excellence. This human quality was viewed as scarce by our Founding Fathers so to avoid power grabs and outright tyranny, they designed a government in which the people could have a check...
This Christmas and holiday season we celebrate our faith, our family, and our freedom. We are lucky that our forefathers saw fit to build a country founded upon the belief that all men and women have a God given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In the United States, that...
Isaiah 9:1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan. From time to time, we all find ourselves...

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