For the final installment in my tour of the 16th Senatorial District, this week we’ll visit Pulaski County. The smallest of the five counties I represent, Pulaski County is the most populous, with about 52,000 residents. The big draw is Fort Leonard Wood, the county’s largest employer and be…

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The original purpose of welfare was to help those who are in the midst of a rough patch get back on their feet. However, the Left has over time tried to turn it into something else: a lifelong entitlement. Through this distortion, welfare has trapped people in a vicious cycle of dependency i…

William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, was approached by a wealthy businessman with a proposition too good to refuse. The businessman was cited to say he appreciated the work of Booth and his wife, along with countless partners, to help the unfortunate and downtrodden. Then, this fell…

When Elton John brought his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Tour to the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis Oct. 11, 1973, I was there. A few friends and I had floor seats, around 30 or 40 rows from the front. The place was packed as Elton John sang such hits as “Bennie and the Jets,” “Your Song,” “Satu…

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Sometimes I wonder if people in the community realize what a huge impact volunteerism has on the quality of life here. Volunteer efforts, opportunities and results are way too numerous to mention, but take a look around and it isn’t hard to realize what would happen if every volunteer took a…

The NFL is celebrating its 100th season this year, and it’s been great fun to read stories and watch videos about those first 100 years. I don’t keep up with the NFL like I use to, but remember vividly how I fell in love with football and the NFL’s Green Bay Packers when I was a youngster an…

The United States is the greatest country on the face of the earth because we join the brilliance of liberty with the incentive of opportunity. However, this combination of prosperity is not a guarantee. It was President Reagan who reminded us that, “freedom is never more than one generation…

As I remember walking into a public building with my children tightly gripping my hands, I noticed a flyer that captivated my attention. Here was the inscription:

I had only been in Salem a month or two when someone told me I needed to go with him south of town and meet Frankie Schwartz. I can’t remember who took me, because my first few months here are still a whirlwind, and that was awhile back, in 1996. I may not be able to remember who took me to …

"I'm concerned that if we don't impeach this president, he will get re-elected." — Rep. Al Green (D-TX)

Last week, I began a series of columns focusing on the five counties that make up the 16th Senatorial District. I began my exploration at the western edge of the district, Camden County. This week, I will discuss the easternmost portion, Crawford County.

Never before in our history has the House of Representatives pursued an unsanctioned impeachment investigation of a president. Since launching the unilateral crusade against President Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has failed to provide any institutional rules for these proceedings – a clearly …

The 16th Senatorial District consists of five central-Missouri counties: Camden, Crawford, Dent, Phelps and Pulaski. I thought it would be interesting to provide a brief overview of each of these counties, provide a little history and highlight significant aspects of each area. I will attemp…

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Letter from Birmingham Jail on April 16, 1963