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Anyone who knows me knows of my disdain for new technology. My sons call me a dinosaur, my friends call me technologically challenged and my wife says I’m simply bull-headed, but I doubt at my age my attitude is going to change.It’s not that I don’t understand or appreciate the conveniences and...
To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, Ozark Road, visit gainesvillemo.blogspot.com. As I tell my friends, I have wintered well. In fact, too well. It seems as if ever since Thanksgiving, my will power and get-up-and-go have disappeared. Added pounds and lack of exercise...
Greetings from your state Capitol.I had visitors from Douglas County last week: Skyline teachers Deborah Barker and Terri Ryan. It was great to see teachers from the district in my office.Also, Diane Dreckman White, Silver Haired Legislator from Ozark County, was here discussing legislation dealing...
(Excerpted from the latest column.)Currently, Missouri is one of five states where 17-year-old children can be sent to prison for committing crimes, no matter how minor the offense. On Thursday, March 8, my Senate colleagues and I approved Senate Bill 793, legislation that raises the age of adult...
All across Missouri, in my town halls or at the grocery store, I’ve heard story after story from families struggling with rising healthcare costs. Whether it’s unexpected emergency room bills, rapidly increasing prescription drug prices or insurance premiums going up—Missouri families are getting...
After reading the opinion article in the Feb. 21 edition of the Times titled “County-Wide Bad (W)rap” (and subsequent replies in later editions) my 12-yearold daughter and I decided to count the hay wrap lying on the sides of the road. Our trip began on D Highway and ended on JJ at the Douglas...
On March 6 we had high winds, and the power went out. I looked out my window and saw a big tree had taken out the power line.I called White River Valley Electric Co-op, and in no time, two men – LeRay Potter and Dan Schmucker – came out, cut the tree up and removed it from my driveway.Thanks to...
“My home is in heaven, I am just traveling through this world.” On Feb. 21 the Rev. Billy Graham was welcomed to his true home in heaven. Last week, we honored his life and legacy with a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. It was an honor to attend the ceremony and pay my respects to a man who lifted up...

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