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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
To the Editor: Owensville is a place that holds many fond memories of my youth. On a recent visit for my mother’s 89th birthday, I noticed a noxious and foul odor permeating the air in … more
To the Editor: The Democratic party recently criticized Mr. Warden’s well written article about voter ID and it’s importance in reducing voter fraud. There is a lot of evidence that there was … 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 … more
If I were a young man trying to find a decent job, I would buy an old pontoon boat with a good outboard motor and strip everything off of it to just leave a flat deck. I would acquire a couple of … more
Now that life in Missouri is back to normal, I have so enjoyed being able to get out in the district and interact with constituents again in recent months. Getting your direct feedback and being able … more
As the rate of Covid-19 cases has begun to decrease and the number of vaccinated individuals continues to rise, many are heading back out into the world — unsure of what to expect and what lies … more
We don’t often think that how the U.S. conducts itself at home has much impact on how we face the world, but it does. You’d be amazed at how closely people in countries all over the globe … more
Criteria for election to an American political office, should require love of this country, adherence to the constitution, bill of rights, man’s laws, knowledge of “true” history, business … more
Baseball is a magnificent game. From the bright lights, rich traditions and smell of hot dogs found at a big league stadium to the loud pop of a mitt in the backyard, the sport is ingrained in all of … more
To the Editor: Not much in the world stands still. Things morph… people, priorities, political parties, and sometimes, we’re afraid, even principles. Language changes over time, too. Take the … more
There is no denying it. Coco, the cat, was shot in cold blood. The crime happened towards the middle of the last century, located in a small rural community in central Missouri. The culprit was a … more
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