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I walked through a county courthouse square On a park bench an old man was sitting there I said, your old courthouse is kinda run down He said, naw, it’ll do for our little town I said, … more
To say a lot has changed since the very beginning of the pandemic when reports of a mystery virus started affecting people in Wuhan, China began would be an understatement of epic proportion. The … more
Rulers throughout history wiped out total populations in their desire for power. It has been said, “if we don’t know history, we are bound to repeat it”. We are witnessing the destruction of … more
I hope that Americans are aware of the man-made climate disaster that is occurring out West. We are in the midst of a 1,200-year drought, and the ramifications are only beginning to understand it and … more
Last week, I had the pleasure of joining other freshman members of the Missouri House of Representatives on the traditional freshman tour of the state. The tour is intended to give the … more
A recent suggestion by a Missouri Senator of a Senate leadership purge reminded me about the last time the Senate’s top leader was ousted. Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Jefferson County, made his … more
To the Editor: “These programs have created a permanent underclass in America by subsidizing fatherlessness and unemployment.” As was acknowledged, those programs have been around … more
Over the past year, many communities across the United States have experienced varying degrees of challenges brought on by the pandemic, with veterans being among the most vulnerable. In addition … more
I was just a kid in the late 50’s and early 60’s when quail hunting all over the Midwest was something amazing. Even in the Ozarks, hunters often found 6 or 7 coveys a day. I was there, I … more
Most of my favorite memories growing up include my father and my two grandfathers. They involve hunting, fishing and camping. I remember my parents being there for all my extracurricular achievements … more
JEFFERSON CITY — During a press conference Monday at the State Capitol, Gov. Mike Parson warned of the “detrimental consequences” to Missourians if the Federal Reimbursement Allowances (FRA) … more
The CPI (consumer price index) increased at a 5-percent rate over the past year, the highest rate in more than a decade. Fed officials are quick to suggest that this increase is temporary; … more
While Missouri’s Third District is home to our state capital and heavily populated areas like St. Charles County, our district is also home to many rural communities made up of small towns, farms … more
Fewer Missouri children were living in economically vulnerable households when the pandemic disrupted the economy than at the end of the Great Recession. The Annie E. Casey Foundation 2021 KIDS COUNT … more
From my home and office on this high ridge, I look down upon a river valley and a stream I have gotten to know well over the years.  My middle daughter went down to a creek tributary to that … more
Monday was Flag Day. Celebrated every June 14, it commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.  The Second Continental Congress, on June 14, … more
This week, the United States Department of Labor released the most recent jobs numbers that showed our nation had a record number of job openings in April at 9.3 million, surging by almost a million … more
The CDC recently announced that fully vaccinated Americans can gather indoors with friends and family — without wearing masks or social distancing. This guidance is great news for older … more
As chairman of the Senate’s Agriculture committee, I understand the important role agriculture plays in our state. After all, it’s Missouri’s No. 1 industry, employing nearly 400,000 people and … more
Since the state legislature adjourned on May 15th, I’ve enjoyed spending more time at home with my family and meeting with constituents in the district. Right now, I’m also preparing for the … more
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