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March 2 is the birthday of a world-famous American children's author and cartoonist. more
I’ve never depended on farming for my bread and butter, but I can thank FFA —Future Farmers of America, in my day — for launching my career as a journalist. more
Since I wrote a column detailing who Silas Claiborne Turnbo was and why his writings were important in the history of the Ozarks, I thought I’d add a sample of his work. more
Ah, the Ozarks. The land where weather forecasters must feel like they're crafting a particularly unpredictable narrative every single day. It's a place where you might wake up contemplating whether today's outfit leans more towards "beach-ready" or "bundled up like an Arctic explorer." As I sit here, tapping away at my keyboard, I'm decked out in a t-shirt, and I kid you not, considering swapping my khakis for shorts. And yes, the air conditioner in my car was my best friend during lunch. But as you're reading this, chances are you're wrapped up in a coat, wondering if I'm living in a parallel universe. By the time the weekend hits, we'll be riding another temperature rollercoaster back to the sunny, cheerful 70s. more
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Suddenly, I hear dogs barking across a farmer’s barren field, where cattle wait for their winter ration. The day is cold and cloudy, the dampness chilling to the bone. more
It is the fourth subzero day of January as I put pen to paper, every day of which I have devoted to mining for inspiration for my February columns. more
Change, that ever-constant presence in our lives, seems to be a concept we have a love-hate relationship with. On one hand, we're creatures of habit, seeking comfort in the familiar, the routine, the "way it's always been." On the other hand, there's this innate hunger for growth, improvement, and the thrill of something new. This duality within us makes navigating change a complex, often emotionally charged process, even when the change in question is something we thought we wanted. more
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When my colleagues selected me to lead the Ways and Means Committee in Congress, which has responsibility for writing our tax laws, I promised that my number one priority would be looking out for the interests of working-class Americans, small businesses, and family farmers. From day one in my role as chairman, I have worked around the clock to write legislation that would deliver on that promise. The Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act, a pro-worker, pro-family, and pro-American tax cuts package will directly benefit thousands of hardworking families in southeast and south-central Missouri. Having passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming support on Jan. 31, this bill is one step closer to becoming law. more
Lately, I've been struck with an undeniable urge, a call of the wild that's been impossible to ignore. It's this deep-seated yearning to just ditch everything and get lost in the woods for a while. And by "woods," I mean the breathtaking expanse of the Ozarks, with its sprawling landscapes that have a magical way of making all the world's noise fade away. You see, I've been neglecting my outdoor adventures in the Ozarks for far too long. Life has a funny way of sweeping you up in a whirlwind of responsibilities, deadlines, and whatnot. But let's rewind a bit. more
I was at the Zizzers boys basketball game vs. Waynesville, a week-ago Tues night. more
I was at the Zizzers boys basketball game vs. Waynesville, a week-ago Tues night. more
Feb. 22 is the 38th anniversary of the day my family moved from a rental house on the Shannon-Oregon county line to our Summersville home. It was an unforgettable experience for all. more
I love the outdoor sounds of spring and summer. I am beyond thrilled to hear the first batch of peepers (frogs) singing their high-pitched songs in March or April. Some years they come on strong for a few days and then get quiet again. But when they do decide the time is right, they are out and incredibly busy. Peepers mean spring to me- the promise that everything that seemed to wither and die during winter will come back. The reawakening of the world. more
Often I miss the good old days of my farm boy youth. more
Fifty years ago, the world changed! more
Work at the Capitol is rapidly picking up in the 2024 legislative session. In this report, we’ll focus on the upcoming state budget, ongoing work to reduce taxes, the fentanyl crisis, and supporting after-school programs.  more
Right now, our nation is facing an unprecedented border crisis. In just December alone, more than 300,000 illegal immigrants were caught trying to cross our southern border — the most ever in one month and a 300% increase from December 2020 when President Donald Trump was in office. In total, there have been more than 10 million illegal border entries under President Joe Biden. more
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