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Editor’s note: To read more of retired Gainesville educator Jane Elder’s blog, “Ozark Road,” visit gainesvillekmo.blogspot.com. I was born in a small town in north central Illinois. The railroad splits it north and south. We lived on the north side, but truly there wasn’t much difference on which...
Greetings from your state Capitol. We have made it to our midway point with this session of the 99th General Assembly. In my opinion, we have passed legislation on to the Senate that would positively affect the lives of all Missourians.We finished the budget proposal from our budget committee about...
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...

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