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This week marks the 48th anniversary of the Supreme Court's devastating decision on Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout our country. In the years following the court's misguided ruling, more than 60 million innocent lives have been lost - more than the entire population of the State...
Mere minutes after Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the nation's 46th President, he was already busy signing a tall stack of executive orders and directives. These new policies ranged across a broad swath of federal policy, from repealing travel bans to mandating masks on federal property.  ...
On Wednesday, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. In his inaugural address, he pledged unity, stating, “I will fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did.” Those are fine words, but the proof is always in the pudding. We got our answer a few...
The following was written as an open letter from Tom Keller, Ozarks Healthcare President and CEO, to community members on January 14, 2021:    As COVID-19 cases continue to impact our hospital, we are seeing hope in the first round of vaccines being administered throughout Missouri.   We...
Dear Editor, I confess I never liked Donald Trump. I was astounded when he tried to convince us all, without evidence, that Obama was not born in this country. I was disgusted when he disdained a genuine war hero, John McCain, for daring to be held as a prisoner of war for 5 years. McCain, a...
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...

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