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The Freedom to Vote Act sets national standards for us to safely and freely cast our ballots, ensure every vote is counted and elect people who will deliver for us.

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I continue to be haunted by what happened on Jan. 6: a violent insurrection against our country that interrupted the counting of electors for more than six hours, that led to the deaths of three police officers and four other Americans, wounded more than 140 officers, and did financial damag…

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Congressman Sam Graves is so extreme and partisan he voted Nov. 5 against improving our infrastructure — roads, bridges and broadband.

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The Kearney Chamber of Commerce is proud to support the Kearney ballot question that will appear in front of voters on the Nov. 2 ballot. The chamber encourages residents to vote for the Kearney question, which will keep sales tax money in Kearney and will keep local businesses equal to out-…

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I was required to show up for jury duty at 8 a.m. Monday, July 12, to the Clay County Circuit Court. We were advised that if vaccinated, we did not need to wear a mask. Those unvaccinated were asked to wear one.

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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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