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Liberty is Choice

Liberty is Choice

“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”  — Samuel Adams Much of last week was applied to the “perfection” of Senate Bill 1, the so-called School Transfer Bill. Senate Bill 1 will receive one more vote in the Senate, the third-read vote, and then will move to the Missouri House for further...

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Public Perception

Public Perception

“We must look at the lens through which we see the world, as well as the world we see, and that the lens itself shapes how we interpret the world.”  ― Stephen R. Covey   We have recorded and tallied responses from a total of 2,326 constituents who returned my recent survey. The most responses (2,294) were received in reply to the question of whether a student should be able to transfer to another district if one better fits their needs. Of...

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Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge

Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge

“The schools are teaching what I ought and I what the schools ought.” -  Don Warren, parent and engineer An aphorism frequently repeated to our children was – “Pick your path; determine your destination.” We wanted them to know intuitively that their direction is more important than their location, their worldview more important than their circumstance. If you are lost, knowing where you are is not nearly as crucial as knowing what direction to...

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Public Discourse

Public Discourse

Former U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Bachman reminded a crowd at the 26th annual Constitutional Coalition’s Educational Policy Conference (EPC) held in St. Louis that, “We must allow open debate that seeks the truth rather than allow untruths to become fact simply due to their lack of political correctness.  Topics that threaten the freedom of the American people are simply brushed aside for the simple fact that a small group of people have...

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Expanding Medicaid Piecemeal

Expanding Medicaid Piecemeal

“Humanity is tormented once again by an age-old issue—is man to live in dignity and freedom under God or be enslaved—are men in government to serve, or are they to master, their fellow men?” — Erick Erickson One of the most conspicuous and egregious characteristics of slavery is dependency. Senate Bill 287 was introduced the week of Jan. 19, proposing to expand Medicaid incrementally. It has been the contention of some of my Senate colleagues...

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Reports from Your Government

Reports from Your Government

“I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You’ve got to be truthful. I don’t think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you’ve got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it.” — Howard  Shultz Last week included three reports from branches of the state and federal governments. The President’s State of the Union address from Washington...

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Service Before Self

Service Before Self

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”   — The Apostle John Wednesday (Jan. 14) was a difficult day; it included a drive from Jefferson City back to my district for two funerals. One was for a 33-year-old husband and father, the son of a close friend. The other was for a 41-year-old firefighter, resulting from an emergency call. He left a wife and two young sons. It is these newly widowed wives and...

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2015 Legislative Session Begins

2015 Legislative Session Begins

“…to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”   —  The Declaration of Independence This week began the 98th General Assembly – the 2015 legislative session. The President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate, Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-Town and Country, identified three of his priorities: agriculture legislation, education reforms, and judiciary reforms. Only judiciary...

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Thank you, Veterans!

Thank you, Veterans!

“Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Whether bearing arms, supplying the front lines or supporting and serving stateside, whether draftee or volunteer, each uniformed American signed a blank check to lay down their life for their friends if called upon. The spouses of warriors, without rank or recognition, may not have served in the military but they served the military by securing the home and...

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Points of Light

Points of Light

“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”  Jesus Christ President George H. W. Bush popularized the phrase “a thousand points of light” when speaking of organizations that work for a better America. I visited two such organizations in the past few weeks. Just last week (Sept. 25th), my wife and I attended the 25th anniversary celebration of Life Choices of Joplin. They also have a services location in...

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