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Hartzler supports House measures to improve services for veterans

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) voted this week in support of several key pieces of legislation that would improve veterans’ quality of life, post-service career opportunities and access to health care. “These bills improve the processes, institutions and agencies that serve the men and women who have served our nation,” Hartzler said. “I am proud to

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Is the death tax on life support?

by Eric Bohl We all know the well-worn adage that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. These two certainties existed separately in the U.S. until 101 years ago when estate tax laws were enacted. Since 1916, the unfortunate occasion of death itself has triggered enormous taxes. The rate has fluctuated from its

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians Saluting our Nation’s heroes on Veterans Day: It was renowned journalist and radio broadcaster, Elmer Davis, who so famously said our nation “will remain the land of the free only as long as it is the home of the brave.” These words echo as a reminder on a day like Veterans

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Hartzler introduces bill to aid farmers and improve habitat for wildlife

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) introduced H.R. 4298, the CRP Grazing Flexibility Act, which would improve the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for program stakeholders, including farmers, conservation advocates, wildlife enthusiasts, and U.S. taxpayers. The measure allows farmers to use grazing to satisfy their CRP mid-contract management requirement. “This commonsense fix to the Conservation Reserve Program is

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Soil Test gift certificate makes great gift

A soil test gift certificates make a great gift for the gardener or environmentally conscious person on anyone’s shopping list. Soil test gift certificates are available at the Greene County Extension Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Mo. 65807, for $30. Visit the Greene County Extension Center in person to purchase a certificate or mail a

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Savvy Senior®

Finding money for long-term care Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you refer me to for long-term care financial help? My 84-year-old mother needs assisted living or nursing home care, but we don’t have a lot of money and she doesn’t have long-term care insurance. Searching Daughter    Dear Searching, If your mother does not

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The top 5 things to know about opioids

While a decade ago you may not have heard much about opioids, today they make headlines daily. The nationwide epidemic crosses generations and socioeconomic lines, and it’s affecting your family, friends and neighbors. “Opioids have long been used clinically to treat pain, but prior to the 1990s they were primarily reserved for patients with a

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Love note from Jeff City

Greetings, My Fellow Missourians Early Monday morning I attended the monthly board meeting of the St. Clair County Health Department in Osceola. Several owners/operators of St. Clair County restaurants were also in attendance. The issue they have been concerned about regards the health department’s recent announcement on charging inspection fees in 2018. The health department’s

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Hartzler supports the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Care Act

Legislation would repeal unelected Obama-care board tasked with determining who gets care Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler today supported passage of H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Care Act.  This bill would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an unelected group of bureaucrats empowered through Obamacare to decide what healthcare options seniors have access to.

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