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Some people in the media call it an infodemic, the proliferation of information available at the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger. Problem is, some of that information is not true and leads to not only confusion, but reactions that are not good for the community. While social media ha…

Countless activities, events and occasions have been postponed or cancelled amidst the global pandemic. A few months ago, I would bet most of us had never uttered the words, “social distancing,” or “shelter at home.” Our world seems to be returning to a semi-normal state, as events are start…

A couple weeks ago my daughter Catherine Wynn, who is also managing editor of this newspaper, wrote a column about the importance of newspapers to young people in our communities. We have been sending the print editions of the newspaper to many parents of school-age children in partnership w…

My high school graduation is way back there in the rearview mirror, but I remember a lot about it. It was a warmer than usual late spring day when my classmates and I walked down the aisle in the Caruthersville High School gym dressed in red and white. My grandparents were there, my mom and …

Since returning to the Capitol, the Legislature has focused its efforts on passing the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. This week, we passed a $35 billion budget that preserves full funding for K-12 education and maintains essential programs of state government. In my opinion, this was no small feat…

Since school was dismissed for the remainder of this academic year things have changed at a rapid pace for us as parents, employees and the population in general. Many schools have reorganized lesson plans, made packets, delivered packets, all assisting in distance learning for our children.

Since school was dismissed for the remainder of this academic year things have changed at a rapid pace for us as parents, employees and the population in general. Many schools have reorganized lesson plans, made packets, delivered packets, all assisting in distance learning for our children.

I am sure my sister, Denise Mitchell, has a lot of bad days she doesn’t want to talk about or can’t talk about. Drug overdoses. Gunshot wounds. Gruesome car wrecks. Loving grandmothers and babies dying before her very eyes. The list goes on. It takes a special person to work in the emergency…

Tax Freedom Day is the concept of how many days you must work, starting from January 1, to fully pay for all the taxes you owe for the year. The average Missourian needs to labor to April 9 to pay one's annual taxes: from federal and state income taxes to property taxes, corporate, and other…

The Missouri Senate returned to the Capitol this week for the first time since the governor declared a statewide emergency in response to COVID-19. Legislators arrived on Tuesday and began work revising a supplemental budget bill drafted by the House of Representatives. As a member of the Se…

Uncertain is “not known or definite,” by definition. That is the only way I can describe what is going on in the world around us. Never in my years on Earth (almost 36 of them), have I seen something affect the world around me like COVID-19. It literally effects every person in one way or another.

Uncertain is “not known or definite,” by definition. That is the only way I can describe what is going on in the world around us. Never in my years on Earth (almost 36 of them), have I seen something affect the world around me like COVID-19. It literally effects every person in one way or another.

During this coronavirus outbreak, our rural communities face unique challenges and require a different response than urban and suburban centers around the country. Unfortunately, these needs are not often understood in Washington. Whether it’s providing immediate and targeted relief for our …

Nearly two weeks after declaring a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, the governor is now seeking a federal disaster declaration for Missouri. The governor has requested assistance from the U.S. government as the numbers of infected people in our state continues to rise. As …

What a difference a week or two makes. It wasn’t long ago that many Americans had never heard of a coronavirus. Some of us were aware China was battling an infectious respiratory disease, but the danger seemed a world away. Now, the COVID-19 virus has arrived on our shores and everything has…

Recently, President Trump released a proclamation seeking Americans to pray, “In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty...But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and streng…

Over the past week, the severity of risk posed to our country by the coronavirus outbreak came into sharp focus. President Trump has held daily briefings from the White House with Vice President Pence and a slew of leading experts from around the federal government to keep the American peopl…

In my last Capitol Report, I had the opportunity to thank my taxpaying employers who caught the attention of elected officials and bureaucrats alike by gathering at the Capitol to show strong support for legislation strengthening landowner rights and responsibilities against nuisance predato…

The Missouri General Assembly has sent the first completed bill of the 2020 legislative session to the governor for his signature. I’m proud to report the first measure to cross the finish line is one I guided through the Senate. This legislation streamlines the process for spouses of milita…

In 2016, the James Comey-led Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) obtained warrants to spy on the Trump Campaign using highly questionable and provably false evidence. While we’ve known that this was little more than a partisan witch hunt, a government report published at the end of last ye…