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It’s not March anymore. The coronavirus has taken a heartbreaking toll on Americans, but the course of the virus is not the same as it was a few months ago. We are on the other side of the curve. There are encouraging signs all over the country, and no early indications of a reopening debacle.

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Admit it: You don’t know whether to believe him or not. Is President Donald Trump lying about taking hydroxychloroquine? He usually does make things up, but one thing is absolutely true about the Trumpster: He always manages somehow to focus all of the attention on himself.

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A country learns about itself in a crisis, and one revelation in the coronavirus emergency is that we can’t make our own penicillin. The first patient successfully treated with the antibiotic was a woman suffering from sepsis in a Connecticut hospital in 1942. Her treatment took up half the …

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After months of study, discussion and hearing from people all over the state, the legislature has approved the state’s operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

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We know the pandemic our nation is facing is causing challenges and concerns. But alarmingly, hospitals and health systems in our community and across the nation are seeing a decline in the number of people seeking treatment for heart attack, stroke, cancer and other serious conditions not r…

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Let’s take one of those magical trips down memory lane, way back to 1939. One of the popular tunes back then was “Wishing (Will Make It So).” “Wishing will make it so, Just keep on wishing and care will go.” It was sung by Vera Lynn, among others, and covered by the likes of Glenn Miller, Bi…

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If you thought the coronavirus presented difficult policy questions, don’t worry — we have science. California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted the other day, “The West Coast is — and will continue to be — guided by SCIENCE.”

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Since this pandemic slammed our nation, our families have been thrown into much uncertainty and fear. There’s fear of an unknown virus and its impact. There’s fear of not finding any vaccine soon, seeing empty store aisles makes us fearful of food and supply shortages. The best thing to do d…

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Forgive Jacksonville, Florida, for it has sinned. The largest city in Florida partly reopened its beaches, and it became something of a national scandal. CNN ran a disapproving segment, and the hashtag #FloridaMorons trended on Twitter.

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With the COVID crisis, the worst-case scenario has often proven too optimistic. But here it is, for what it’s worth: The loosening up of restrictions that President Donald Trump is now advocating, along with his GOP politician bootlickers and his jackboot demonstrators, would slightly dampen…

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At a coronavirus task force briefing at the beginning of April, White House adviser Jared Kushner explained the approach that would — as events proved — get the country through its ventilator crisis.

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America’s public lands belong to the American people. In normal times, many of us regularly visit national parks, wildlife refuges and other recreational sites spread out across more than 500 million acres of land managed by the Department of the Interior.

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President Donald Trump slammed the World Health Organization at a recent news briefing and was immediately accused of scapegoating. There’s no doubt that Trump is inclined to shift blame when possible (and even when it isn’t). He’ll never take ownership of the testing debacle at the outset o…

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Breaking news — as they say to open every newscast — Breaking news: America is breaking. Its public health establishment certainly is. We have the most confirmed COVID cases per capita of any country, because at the very top of government, leadership has been replaced by hucksterism.

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Jim Neely, R-Cameron, represents the 8th District in the Missouri House and is a physician. District 8 includes the northern city limits of Smithville and Kearney and includes Holt. Neely can be reached at (573) 751-0246 or Jim.Neely@house.mo.gov.

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We still have shreds of civility left. I love it when people walk up to those in uniform and say, “Thank you for your service.” It is a recognition of their courage and sacrifice. And now we should add gratitude for those in the medical profession.

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Pogues — we’ve all experienced them. They’re the bad managers who get in the way of the job getting done. From the feckless supervisor to the CEO, the term pogue is actually scornful military slang, an infantry slur. It means “people other than grunts,” and pogues were best described to me a…

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