Vengeance comes to the Capitol

January 17, 2021
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Take a deep breath, count to ten, never make a decision out of anger, calmer heads must prevail.  There’s a reason those phrases are so well known.  They’re true.  And if we listen to them, we avoid making mistakes today, we’ll regret later. On Wednesday, the United States House of Representatives was filled with...

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Beyond “beyond the pale”

January 7, 2021
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Never in my life did I ever imagine I would be writing a column such as this. I grew up in the shadow of the Greatest Generation and the heroes of WWII and Korea.  I was lucky enough to be born in the heartland at a time when American history and U.S. government and...

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2021: More of same or a press restored?

January 3, 2021
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Today’s column was planned to be an analysis of President elect Biden’s and how his pick of so many Obama re-treads and Big Tech executives out to protect their own did not bode well for individual liberty, economic freedom and founding principles in the years to come. And then I opened Wednesday’s op/ed page. ...

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Yes Virginia, Christmas miracles are real

December 25, 2020
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I am blessed today to recount to you a true story of a Christmas Miracle right here in Joplin. The story begins almost a decade now past when in the late afternoon of May 22, 2011, two of the first people I met upon moving to Joplin found themselves huddled in their basement as...

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Let none remain unknown

December 6, 2020
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Type “Pearl Harbor vet returns home Joplin Globe” into Google and the headlines and their stories pop up, one after another: Funeral planned for Baxter Springs sailor who died at Pearl Harbor (Sep 2, 2020) BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — A Baxter Springs sailor who was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor and who...

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Without freedom, what’s the point?

November 29, 2020
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Did you or didn’t you this Thursday past, find yourself reaching deep into your soul, and letting the words “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” flow through your veins with pride and thankfulness? Did you look the petty tyrants straight in their beady little eyes and tell them that you are not a...

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