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With the year of COVID barely behind us, we look forward to the new year and the customary resolutions to reduce personal weight and reduce time on social media. (We should also) reduce consumption of animal foods. Yes, that.

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Years ago, my father hired a hand to help around the family farm. One day, he asked the young man to clean the detached garage.

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Missouri voters approved the Clean Missouri Amendment by a 2-to-1 margin in 2018. The Clean Missouri plan would make redistricting fair and transparent. Amendment 3 on this year’s ballot would negate the anti-gerrymandering provisions of the Clean Missouri Plan.

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Theft of Trump/Pence yard signs is occurring across Clay County. We discovered that our sign was taken out of our front yard. After speaking with a representative of the Clay County Republican Women and a volunteer at the Clay County Republican Headquarters, I was told that many people acros…

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We have already lost the merit points history might have given us if we had acted promptly to remove obvious reminders of racism kept alive in our public monuments. Removing them is no less right, but only leaders get credit.

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I believe certain individuals have a calling to serve. I am confident that state Rep. Mark Ellebracht is one of them.

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The Smithville Community in Action volunteer coalition held an online Medical Marijuana Community Forum on Aug. 6th on their Facebook page. It was very informative and everyone will appreciate the information no matter what side of the debate regarding medical marijuana they fall on.

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I have met many Clay County residents who fall into the Medicaid coverage gap. These constituents, our neighbors, make less than $17,609 per year, but do not currently qualify for Medicaid. That means they sacrifice necessities or cannot pay their bills in order to afford health care or they…

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In response to the article "Petition seeks removal of Confederate soldier statue," no one person, community or different shade of brown has the right to dictate this wonderful country's history. The good, the bad and the ugly is what brought us freedom.

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We have all been affected in some way by the COVID-19 virus restrictions placed upon us since April, including wearing face masks when leaving our homes, staying away from our loved ones, working from home or unfortunately, loss of employment.

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There were a laundry list of issue’s covering this campaign, but in spite of it all, our community came together and made their vote count.

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Voting by mail should replace voting at the polls in its entirety. Two institutions that can definitely be trusted are the County Board of Elections and the United States Postal Service.

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I’ve just returned from the supermarket, which was packed with shoppers, the majority of whom seemed unaware of a recent FEMA report about the coronavirus that called the Kansas City region “a location to watch” due to a 220% increase in new cases over the previous week.

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Someone looks up to you. You may not be aware, but your actions do not only affect you. You working or other things you do does affect others.

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The idea that public health and safety have become so politicized is frightening. As a student, (I am wary of) the concept that people are more worried about their image than their health. For example, our president, he’s so worried about a Dukakis moment, that he’d risk his health and the h…

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As COVID-19 continues to sweep the nation, it seems a high population of the American people continue to ignore the advice of every doctor and scientist and choose to listen only to themselves. In stores, I see only half of the customers wearing masks or following the one-way aisle rules. On…

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Drivers are urged to slow down and pay attention as construction ramps up for summer months. This week, April 20 to 24, is National Work Zone Awareness Week and is used as a reminder to drivers to slow down and avoid distractions when driving through work zones.

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