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The 2023 Missouri legislative session is under way, and legislators have been back in Jefferson City since Jan. 4. Every year brings a new opportunity to address items that matter to our members and hardworking Missourians, and we look forward to developing solutions in the coming months.   more
Just a few more days and that winter desert otherwise known as January will have been crossed and my sights can be set on spring. more
Special marijuana tax votes are scheduled in both Lebanon and Laclede County. I haven't seen anything in the Reflex regarding possible marijuana taxes in Buffalo or Dallas County. Why not? If they are not under active consideration, they should be. It could be an additional source of funding for law enforcement who will be dealing with recreational marijuana users as the new laws take effect. more
By Elizabeth Schull more
With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, clean energy projects have the opportunity to become the most reliable cash crops for Missouri’s vast agricultural landscape. In this federal legislation, $40 billion is earmarked to help rural communities in addition to debt relief to help rural electric cooperatives transition from coal to wind and solar. However, it is not the only money available for these energy projects. Wind and solar can provide millions of dollars annually to landowners and millions more to country coffers in tax revenue. more
At a recent meal at the Fair Grove Senior Center, my tablemates talked about my column. One fellow, who lives in Buffalo, said he always reads Jim Hamilton’s and my columns, in the Reflex. I told him thanks, and I hoped he enjoyed them. more
After we had children, I worked part time at a print shop or baby-sat other children for a few years while caring for our toddlers. Then, when they were ready to enter preschool, I landed a job as a full-time graphic artist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital at the in-house printing plant. more
“When we build, let us think that we build forever.” more
This is a story about an old Buzzard. Life was beating him up. Everything seemed chaotic. Family members taking advantage financially in the court room; bad business dealings; Rino’s in the senate; girls wanting to be boys and boy’s wanting to be girls. Kids thinking they are cats and need a litter box at the school. Satan is in the White House with his two sisters. Can it get any worse the old Buzzard cries out. He’s one step away from a game of Russian roulette when he calls to the Lord “please help me, I think I’m going crazy.” more
Like I said last week, the mill was built for Joseph W. Hine and John Frederick Boegel, in 1883. Then Joseph Roland Hine took over his father’s involvement with the mill in the late 1890s. John Boegel was 35 years old when he and Joseph Hine founded the mill. Joseph Hine passed away in 1928. John Boegel was also a successful farmer, but kept working at the mill until he retired. more
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