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The City of Belle is proud to announce we are working hard and swiftly to reestablish the Belle Police Department.   There has been many hours of thought and research behind this … more
I love a good book on history. One of my favorite historical authors is Hampton Sides. I have read all four of his books. My first book by Sides was “Hellhound on his Trail.” This … more
On Wednesday, Sept. 21, members of the Missouri Senate put their stamp of approval on legislation designed to meet the governor’s call for the extra legislative session. The two bills passed … more
Summer temperatures are finally starting to taper off and combines are rolling across Missouri’s fields. From corn and soybeans to rice and cotton, this harvest will mark the end of an … more
The power of the sun to illuminate our day is without question. The power of the Sunshine Law to illuminate the work of our state and local governments through empowering citizens to have access … more
Young adults growing up in America repeatedly hear from politicians, educators and social media that capitalism is wrong. Capitalism receives blame for everything, including climate change, the … more
A few months ago, I wrote about the ridiculous overreach of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is rolling out a plan to force companies to collect and publish information about their … more
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Agriculture is celebrating Farm Safety and Health Week now through Sept. 23, which has been recognized during the third week of September since being … more
Two Georgia hospitals were recently fined $1.1 million for failing to publish their prices. The facilities had also ignored letters from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services asking them to … more
I graduated from high school in May of 1978, ready to transition to college life at Mizzou and study my chosen profession of journalism. I was prepared to move on from my job as the custodial … more
Just about every American who was alive at the time remembers exactly where we were on September 11th, 2001. That tragic day shook New York City, Washington, D.C., Shanksville, Penn., and the entire … more
Big Tech is strongly criticized in Congress these days, but it still has sway in Washington when it lobbies Congress to weaken the U.S. patent system. That’s bad news for … more
In the near future, my colleagues and I will return to the State Capitol for the start of an extra legislative session.  Called by the governor, this extra session will focus on providing tax … more
I heard this quote on the radio last week; “Republicans believe Democrats are people with bad ideas, Democrats believe Republicans are evil.” Last Thursday, President Joe Biden, in a … more
With Labor Day behind us, we know we’re not too far from this fall’s mid-term elections. We could focus on a lot of issues that have been raised in the past two years and will be … more
The August district work period is in full swing, and over the last couple of weeks I’ve had a lot of productive visits around the Third District. This is important time I get to spend meeting … more
Starting and growing a business is challenging, even in the best of times. But these are not the best of times, and Congress could soon make it even harder for small businesses to compete and … more
Local Democrats have often told me I need to be less divisive in my weekly column. One letter to the editor stated, “ Tearing down the other side, whether its one’s spouse or a person of … more
It was the summer of my sophomore year in college when I cut the strings from my parents and became independent. That was the summer I signed up to sell books door-to-door for Southwestern Publishing … more
No matter your political leanings, nobody can deny that our lives rely on affordable and abundant energy. We need it for obvious things like fueling our cars and tractors, heating and cooling our … more
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