Editorial/Opinion

The National Preparedness Month of September Presents a Planning Opportunity

An editorial comment By Tom Salisbury, Region 7 Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration There’s a day, a week or a month for everything these days.  Some designations, of course, are more important than others.  A designation I hope all of you will heed is this September’s National Preparedness Month. No one wants to believe something…

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Two New Policies Aim to Make Energy More Affordable

By U.S. Senator Roy Blunt Whether it’s filling up the tank for a road trip or keeping the house cool in a heat wave, energy costs can be a major part of the family budget. The average household in Missouri spends around $3,800 a year on gasoline and utilities. That’s why the Republican-led Senate and…

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Feral Hogs Menacing Southern Missouri By Eric Bohl

Missouri faces a growing threat from an invasive species – feral hogs. These animals thrive in southern Missouri and leave incredible damage in their wake. Our state must organize to eradicate this pest before it’s too late. Many feral hogs have arrived through northward migration. However, some is due to intentional release or transport of…

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Communities That Work Together, Win Together (An Independence Day Reminder) 

By Quint Studer Freedom, self-sufficiency, independence: these are great and glorious concepts. We celebrate them this time of year, whether we process it that way or not, because they’re so deeply engrained in our image of America. We see ourselves as a nation of rugged individualists: seizing the bull by the horns, charting our own…

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The Green New Deal: A $93 Trillion Pipe Dream Missourians Can’t Afford

By U.S. Senator Roy Blunt The Senate recently had a vote on the Green New Deal – a wide-ranging bill that would vastly expand the federal government’s authority and cost our economy trillions. No sooner had the sponsors introduced the bill – which is really a grab bag of progressive policy proposals – than they…

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: Just a note of thanks for a job well done. For a large regional Aerobatic School we were hosting here locally at the West Plains Airport, a commercial print job was put out to bid.  Fortunately for us, the winning bid was the Herald Printing office, right in our back yard. They did…

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Securing the Border

By U.S. Senator Roy Blunt We are a nation of immigrants, but our laws – and our borders – must be respected. A government that cannot secure its own borders is a government that isn’t doing its job. Whether it’s protecting against national security threats, stemming the flow of illegal drugs, or preventing human trafficking,…

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Importance of Public Notices, Including Ballot Questions

On December 6, the first provisions of medical marijuana in Missouri will be implemented, seemingly a departure from Missouri’s conservative political climate until you consider what else was decided on in the November 6 general election. Missourians also elected to pass lobbying and campaign finance reform and an increase to the minimum wage. Equally notable…

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