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Coming together to serve Missouri

It’s been a long campaign season here in Missouri, with many good-spirited arguments from candidates of all backgrounds. Throughout the process, we got to hear each candidate for public office give his or her pitch to voters, making the case for why they should be the one to represent their constituents’ interests either in Congress, in the Missouri General Assembly or in a local elected office. We also learned about several different proposed ballot initiatives and heard others’ arguments for why they should or shouldn’t become law.

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Thursday 11/08/2018
Improvements in Plattsburg
Posted: November 08, 2018

As most of you are aware, we had the downtown streets resurfaced recently.

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The Lathrop Mules are for real, storybook season continues
Posted: November 08, 2018

You know you’re growin’ older when...you have a lifetime supply of glucosamine chondroitin msm (a supplement that helps to support joint health)

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Thursday 11/01/2018
There are some very competitive races in Clinton County
Posted: November 01, 2018

You know you’re growin’ older when…it takes at least two tries to get up from the couch.

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Friday night lights
Posted: November 01, 2018

Dear Editor,

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Thursday 10/25/2018
Clean Missouri is Wrong for Our State
Posted: October 25, 2018

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, many Missourians will head to the polls to vote for their representatives in the United States Congress and Missouri General Assembly. Also on the ballot will be several https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/petitions/2018BallotMeasures state-level initiatives and constitutional amendments. These questions range from proposals on raising the minimum wage and legalizing medical marijuana to instituting a higher fuel tax and removing regulations on bingo games. However they choose to vote, it’s important for citizens to make their voices heard by participating in our democracy.

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Go vote November 6
Posted: October 25, 2018

Election Day is coming up real fast and I encourage all voters of Clinton County to get out and vote. While you are in that booth be sure to extend your thanks to State Representative Jim Neely and Senator Dan Hegeman for voting against expanding Medicaid to thousands of Missourians when the Affordable Care Act (later named Obamacare by the Republican Party) began and also for refusing to allow Missouri to embrace the REAL ID Act.

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We live in a conflicted world, the good and bad
Posted: October 25, 2018

You know you’re growin’ older when…you don’t know real embarrassment until your hip sets off a metal detector.

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Thursday 10/18/2018
Expanding Access to Telehealth Coverage
Posted: October 18, 2018

During the 2018 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly approved House Bill 1617, which instructs the Department of Social Services to reimburse health care providers for telehealth services rendered under the same standard of care as in-person services. Telehealth technology, which allows a doctor to “treat” a patient via audio and video communication without being physically present in the same room, has been around for quite some time. I believe HB 1617 is a long overdue update to Missouri law. By expanding access to telehealth coverage, we can help some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens receive the care they need in a way that’s safe, reliable and convenient.

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Bradley’s vision and drive made Perkins Park
Updated: October 18, 2018 - 8:51 am

You know you’re growin’ older when...your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio.

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Mayor Schauer on Missouri Prop D
Posted: October 18, 2018

On November 6, we will go to the polls and vote in the federal mid-term General Election, plus vote for our state and county officials. I know we have all heard enough campaign ads on these positions. However, there is an important issue on the ballot for all Missouri voters that has not received as much attention - Proposition D (Prop D). This is a proposed law that will provide substantial resources to boost state and local government transportation projects.

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Don’t Let Politics Pick Your Judge
Posted: October 18, 2018

I recently heard a lifelong Clinton County resident say we only vote to retain judges. In fact, in this part of the state we elect judges. Unlike in more populated areas, in Clinton County we not only vote for judges, but as individuals we also have a real say in who the judges will be. In the last mid-term election when we voted for our county’s Associate Circuit Judge, only 5,617 people bothered to vote -- and the winner prevailed by less than 350. That’s about the number of people who attend Plattsburg football games.

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Thursday 10/11/2018
Protecting patients from surprise medical bills
Posted: October 11, 2018

During the 2018 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly approved Senate Bill 982, which, among other things, aims to protect emergency room patients from surprise medical costs. State lawmakers decided to take up this bill after one of the United States’ largest insurance providers altered the way it manages emergency room claims. That change negatively impacted many people, as it made patients, who ordinarily don’t have the same level of medical expertise as doctors, responsible for self-diagnosing during possible life-threatening medical emergencies. 

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51st Fall Festival
Posted: October 11, 2018

This coming weekend is the 51st Plattsburg Fall Festival, “The Greatest Fall on Earth.”

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Judge Thomas Nichols Chapman is appointed to the Western District Court of Appeals
Posted: October 11, 2018

Circuit Judge R. Brent Elliott’s “From the Bench” is a series of articles designed to provide the public with a better understanding of the judicial system.

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Democrats may be down, but not out
Posted: October 11, 2018

You know you’re growin’ older when...you can go bowling without drinking.

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Thursday 10/04/2018
City set to enforce dangerous building codes
Posted: October 04, 2018

In riding around our city, I have noticed more and more “rundown” buildings. One of the reasons that we moved to Plattsburg was because of the neat, well-kept and overall appearance of our city. I have always referred to this as “pride of ownership.”

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Missouri Receives Grace Period for Real ID Compliance
Posted: October 04, 2018

Last month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a grace period for Missouri to make the switch to federally-compliant forms of personal identification. Missouri IDs may now be used for federal purposes, such as boarding an airplane, through at least Jan. 21, 2019.

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Chiefs have answer to Mile High Magic
Posted: October 04, 2018

You know you’re growin’ older when...tying one on means fastening your Medic Alert bracelet.

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Thursday 09/27/2018
Help make a change this November
Posted: September 27, 2018

I am fed up with the insane direction of our government. The following is my opinion supported by facts, research, and real math.

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In response to Senator Dan Hegeman’s last letter
Posted: September 27, 2018

Dear Editor,

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Thank you, Presiding Commissioner Wade Wilken
Posted: September 27, 2018

Dear Editor,

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Let’s provide more reading help early on
Updated: September 28, 2018 - 12:12 pm

You know you’re growin’ older when...you start video taping daytime game shows.

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Thursday 09/20/2018
Responding to car show
Posted: September 20, 2018

Dear Editor, 

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A free press is guaranteed in our Constitution
Updated: September 20, 2018 - 8:55 am

You know you’re growin’ older when...you suffer from Mallzheimer’s disease. You go to the mall and forget where you parked the car.

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The Clinton Crime Bill   Epic Failure
Posted: September 20, 2018

Alcohol Prohibition during the 20s and 30s followed by the War on Drugs were both a bust. After almost a century, the worldwide successes consist of organized crime operations raking in billions per year with related murder stats that are staggering. Nonetheless, the trail of never ending backstories from law enforcement officials, medical professionals and drug addicts could fill a library, larger than the one housed within The Smithsonian.

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Thursday 09/13/2018
Sales tax for a new County Jail
Posted: September 13, 2018

Earlier this year in The Clinton County Leader, Undersheriff Fogg stated the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department would like a sales tax with 75 percent going to the sheriff’s department and 25 percent going to the county prosecutor.

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Celebrating the Foundation of America
Posted: September 13, 2018

There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: The Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today.

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These voices won’t be quieted
Posted: September 13, 2018

You know you’re growin’ older when...you think with your body’s current condition you could be the centerfold for National Geographic.

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Thursday 09/06/2018
United States celebrates Labor Day
Posted: September 06, 2018

On Monday, September 3, the United States celebrated Labor Day, a public holiday honoring the service of workers throughout history. It’s a time for many of us to take a break, enjoy a long weekend and be thankful for family, friends and other loved ones. It’s also a time for us to reflect on the importance of the hardworking Americans who, through grit and determination, keep this country running day after day.

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Chiefs’ focus is not about winning
Updated: September 06, 2018 - 9:12 am

You know you’re growin’ older when...you find a gray eyebrow hair...and don’t want to even think what could be next!

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Governor Calls for Extraordinary Session of the General Assembly
Posted: September 06, 2018

As lawmakers prepared to return to Jefferson City for the annual Veto Session, they received news that they will have additional work when they make their way back to the State Capitol building. Gov. Mike Parson recently announced that he is calling the legislature in for an extraordinary session that is set to begin Monday, Sept. 10. The legislature’s annual Veto Session is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12, which means the two sessions will run concurrently.

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Thursday 08/30/2018
Age has been lowered for the screening of colorectal cancer
Posted: August 30, 2018

On May 30, 2018, the American Cancer Society (ACS) released updated guidelines recommending that screening for colorectal cancer begin at 45 years of age instead of 50 for the average risk population.

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John McCain was an American hero
Updated: August 30, 2018 - 9:18 am

The following farewell statement from the late Senator John McCain was read aloud on Monday, August 27, at a press conference in Phoenix, by his former campaign manager Rick Davis.

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John McCain was an American hero
Updated: August 30, 2018 - 9:18 am

You know you’re growin’ older when...you realize that being an adult, you are exhausted too often, wishing you hadn’t made plans, wondering how and when you will fall asleep, becoming forgetful, and craving foods that you shouldn’t eat, worrying about things that haven’t happened yet and wondering where that bruise came from?

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Thursday 08/23/2018
Major Overhaul needed in Catholic Church
Posted: August 23, 2018

You know you’re growin’ older when...remember people took acid in the 60s to make the world weird. Now you realize the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.

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Prioritizing School Transportation
Posted: August 23, 2018

School districts have an inordinate responsibility in getting our children where they need to be, safe and on time. However, funding school bus routes isn’t cheap. Often, districts are forced by law to allocate state money to one area when it would be better served funding something else. If we allow individual districts more leeway in determining how to disperse their own funding, within reasonable boundaries, we can make sure that our taxpayer dollars are being used in a more efficient manner amenable to the specific concerns of disparate localities.

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Encouraging Agriculture Investment with the Missouri FIRST Initiative
Posted: August 23, 2018

Greetings, friends of the Eighth Legislative District!

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Thursday 08/16/2018
Recent increase in juvenile violence
Posted: August 16, 2018

Circuit Judge R. Brent Elliott’s “From the Bench” is a series of articles designed to provide the public with a better understanding of the judicial system.

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Henry Martin’s message resonated with voters
Posted: August 16, 2018

You know you’re growin’ older when...you get to the check-out line, see how long it is, and decide what you have in your cart isn’t worth the wait.

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Friday 08/10/2018
I&I program ends next summer
Updated: August 10, 2018 - 10:59 am

I would like to remind everyone that our Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) program ends next summer. That gives everyone about a year to schedule their home or business for inspection. After the program ends, the city will no longer help offset any repair costs.

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Showcasing agriculture at the Missouri State Fair
Updated: August 10, 2018 - 11:01 am

The Missouri State Fair, now in its 116th year, continues to be a marque summer event that showcases the unique sights and sounds of the Show-Me State. The theme of the fair, “Come Home,” was chosen to attract native Missourians back to their home state and highlight the event’s commitment to our state’s economy. I encourage anyone who can make it to attend the State Fair, which starts Thursday, Aug. 9, and ends Sunday, Aug. 19, in Sedalia.

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Tinnen: It's a new day for leadership in Clinton County
Updated: August 10, 2018 - 10:58 am

You know you’re growin’ older when…you’ve discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it. - Charles Schulz

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Thursday 08/02/2018
Voter Apathy and Space Travel
Posted: August 02, 2018

For the life of me, I have for quite some time now wondered why people don’t vote. I have come to realize that with about a dozen assorted ongoing conflicts (political or otherwise) in the news every day, the level of sadness becomes unbearable. What becomes of our planet is apathy. Because we feel helpless, we turn our heads and turn the page. The death of our voting system will become a slow extinction from apathy and indifference.

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Be a part of the election process
Posted: August 02, 2018

Missouri’s primary elections are just around the corner. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, I encourage every eligible voter across the state to make their way to their local polling place. No matter whom or what you vote for, it’s important to always make your voice heard.

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It’s all about the Republicans on Aug. 7
Updated: August 02, 2018 - 9:08 am

You know you’re growin’ older when…you figure out that life is like a taxi – the meter just keeps ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.

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Thursday 07/26/2018
Letter to the Clinton County Commissioners
Posted: July 26, 2018

Commission, I know the sheriff has made you angry, but you already cut their budget. Who is going to protect Clinton County? Try cutting your own wages. You don’t work five days a week.

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Let’s sow more love
Posted: July 26, 2018

I was born in the 1950’s in Kansas City, Mo. At 6 months old, we moved to Chicago, then Los Angeles and San Diego. Our Boy Scout troop would camp in Baja, cooking fresh mussels and clams for dinner. Our church would go on missions to the poor campesinos, living in mud huts with tin roofs and dirt floors, barely surviving on wealthy landowners’ farms.

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Right to Work Issue
Posted: July 26, 2018

I have a few comments regarding the upcoming right to work issue which will appear on the ballot of our next election. Most people believe that workers create unions. Actually, it is always management who creates unions because of how they treat their workers.

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Memories
Posted: July 26, 2018

Remember the days of long ago,

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