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Weeks ago was the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year. Four days after that we celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Yet, we tend to dwell on darkness. When reviewing statistics from the past year, it is often the murders, assaults, robberies, inflation and o…

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As the calendar moves into 2023, the state legislature is also gearing up for the legislative session, which began Jan. 4 and runs until May 12.

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In a state where agriculture is the No. 1 industry, Missouri can be a powerful leader in making sure every Missourian is food secure. At its core, food security means no child goes to bed hungry and no adult must choose between buying needed medicine and putting food on the family table.

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I have recently discovered American professor and writer Brené Brown. She has written about many topics that strike my core from vulnerability to empathy. One of my favorite quotes of hers seems applicable to a holiday column: “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness — …

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As we enter the season of thanksgiving, many cultures celebrate holidays centered on remembrance like All Saints Day, when we remember those who died this past year; or Dia de Muertos to remember those we were connected to in life, in our families.

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We are quickly approaching a season of giving and compassion. In preparation, I invite each of us to open our minds and hearts to see and love family members, neighbors, coworkers— even enemies —the way God does. The consequences would be stunning if we started today.

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For the past two years, Missourians have seen inflation and higher prices take their toll and make life more difficult on families. Gas is up a dollar and a half. Diesel is up over $2 a gallon. Egg prices have tripled. Mortgage rates are approaching 7%, up from under 3% two years ago. And th…

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Acts 2:2-4 reads, “And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the holy spirit and bega…

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When I was much younger, I would often accompany my mom to the grocery store. This often meant begging for the newest Fizzy’s flavor or some other delightful confection that had just arrived on the grocery shelves.

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Back in March, I wrote about the devastating impact inflation was having on our infrastructure dollars and how rising prices are threatening to squander that funding. Since then, things have only gotten worse.

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In 1909, Sonora Louise Smart Dodd was sitting in church listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day. The 27-year-old started to think about her father. Her mother had died when Sonora was 16, and her father, a Civil War veteran named William Smart, had brought up his six children alone. As she sat…

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Memorial Day isn’t just another holiday. It’s not about pools opening or backyard barbecues. Memorial Day is a solemn, somber holiday for remembering and honoring those that made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this country and our freedom.

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Harvesters — The Community Food Network and its network of nonprofit pantry partner agencies provide food assistance to someone in need more than 3 million times each year. That’s one of the findings of a new hunger study released. “Food Assistance and Hunger in the Heartland 2021” shows 54%…

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As a former small business owner, I struggled to secure low-cost capital early in my journey of acquiring residential income investment property and opening a retail gas and convenience store franchise in the 1980s. Starting in my mid-20s and like millions of other aspiring businesses owners…

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Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to a story originally published by the Kansas City Beacon that was shared as part of a content exchange on the Courier-Tribune’s website on Jan. 10. The story headline is “State control of Kansas City’s police has roots in the Civil War.”

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