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(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...
Last week started out a little stressful with the governor’s indictment being announced. I am in full support of our House leadership team’s decision to form a committee to investigate the incident. We hope to find  the true facts of the incident and be able to make our decisions based on those...

Times staffer Amelia LaMair weaves colorful coiled baskets out of baling twine she collects from the hay bales she feeds her goats – and from discarded strands she finds along area roadways.
I know we’re supposed to be grateful for the seemingly endless abundance our great nation enjoys, but I must have been indoctrinated by public television or conscientious parents, because I think about waste and trash a lot. And that line of thinking leads me to ponder situations  – past, present...
Re: “Tecumseh Park restoration to include roadway, parking lot and boat ramp but no campground,” Times Feb. 21). The record-breaking flood of 2017 wiped out Tecumseh Park and did incredible damage to the area’s waterways and to people’s homes and property; it even destroyed a couple of important...
The “County-Wide Bad (W)rap” story about the plastic-netting hay wrap litter in the Feb. 27 edition of the Times caught my attention. I had some research to do at the Stone County Public Library in Galena and so watched the roadside especially for examples of plastic hay wrap – and saw them.I do...

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