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On June 10, Congressman Sam Graves published comments in the Courier-Tribune stating that the latest proposed tax plan will hurt family farms. What he didn’t say was that the federal inheritance tax, which Republicans have cunningly labeled the “death tax," is not something the majority of u…

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What a wonderful opportunity we had to enjoy the Kansas City Symphony Mobile Music Box performance on Saturday, June 26, in Lions Park. The hour-long, basically non-stop music performance was my teen grandson‘s first experience with the symphony and we both absolutely loved it.

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Thanks to a generous donation of $16,000 from Clay County Senior Services, the Kearney Senior Center has a beautiful new dining room floor. Our senior center is not just about food, it is a welcoming space for seniors to socialize, exercise, learn and receive nutritional meals. This floor wi…

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On May 20, Sen. Roy Blunt expressed concern (in a capitol report newsletter published on the Voices page) in the Courier-Tribune that President Biden's 36 member commission to analyze the Supreme Court "with special orders to consider expanding the court and eliminating lifetime appointments…

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When the CDC announced last week that fully vaccinated people would no longer have to wear a mask I thought I would feel different. I thought I would feel a sense of relief, a sense exhilaration, a quiet voice saying "We did it!"

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Proposed legislation in Missouri to shield nursing homes from most COVID-related lawsuits will enable our industry to continue providing critical skilled nursing and rehabilitation services to the tens of thousands of Missourians we serve daily without interference from unmerited legal claims.

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It is so easy to get impatient these days with wearing a mask. I get it, we all get it. But, as I reflect on the past year and the hardships we've all shared, I remind myself of all our elementary students that day in and day out bravely put on their mask so they can continue with their education.

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This year's Oscar for best documentary went to Netflix’s trailblazing documentary "My Octopus Teacher." The documentary chronicles a complex relationship between a man and the world’s most bizarre animal — an octopus. It further testifies to our highly conflicted relationship with nonhuman a…

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With Earth Day coming on April 22, we have reduced our carbon footprint by curtailing travel and our thermostat. We recycle. But, we can do so much more by cutting our consumption of animal meat and milk products. Yes, that.

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The Junior College District of Metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri ballot will ask that you vote for or against attaching our local school districts to the junior college district.

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I am honored to endorse Anna Marie Martin for the Liberty Hospital Board. Anna Marie has lived in Liberty for 44 years, raising her family, owning a business and being an active part of our community.

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Congressman Graves' letter (in the March 18, 2021 Courier-Tribune) trashed the American Rescue Plan, a bill that is sending help and hope to a nation badly in need of both. He is disingenuous when he says this bill does nothing to solve problems. The nation’s support proves him wrong; 76% of…

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The upcoming City Council election gives Liberty the opportunity to choose an experienced community servant in Kelley Wrenn Pozel in Ward 2.

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Anna Marie Martin has the experience we need on the Liberty Hospital Board. In her 40-plus years of living in Liberty, she has spent over half of that in public service to this community, including the past six years as a hospital board member.

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On April 6, residents of the city of Liberty will be holding elections for city council. I am a resident of Ward 2, and as such, will have the opportunity to select from three very fine candidates for City Council. I write this letter to express my support and to encourage my fellow resident…

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Anna Marie Martin served on Liberty’s city council for 12 years. One of her great contributions of public service during that time was leading the effort to make Liberty a smoke-free city for employees at work and the customers who shopped locally. Anna Marie cares about public service and a…

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I write this letter in support of Lyndell Brenton's candidacy for mayor of Liberty. I have known Lyndell for many years, dating back to my days on the Liberty City Council. I saw him then and see him now as an ideal candidate for public service. He is intelligent, experienced, fair-minded and calm.

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While we have several good candidates for the Liberty Second Ward city council position, it is clear that Kelley Wrenn Pozel brings a wonderful perspective for the well-being of all citizens of Liberty from a civically-involved lifestyle with many roles/responsibilities. Her many experiences…

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Since his election as mayor in 2013, Lyndell Brenton has provided decisive and detail-oriented leadership to the city of Liberty. Always putting the community first, he combines sound judgment with imagination in formulating and executing his vision.

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