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Number of ISIL fighters is ever-increasing

Posted October 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Good Day,

This was a very busy in-district work week as I addressed issues of concern with citizens in various parts of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.

An event that generated a lot of attention was a presentation in Sedalia on the threat posed by ISIL terrorists. As was the case with a similar presentation last month in Harrisonville, the Sedalia event was well attended by people wanting to learn more about these terrorists and their plans for the Middle East and our homeland. About 150 people came to our presentation at State Fair Community College in Sedalia as I shared the details of my recent fact-finding trip to Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco, where

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    Pumpkins provide plethora of possibilities

    October’s most famous squash is also its most versatile according to Dr. Pam Duitsman, a nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    “Whether you are using this fruit disguised as a vegetable to decorate for fall or preparing it for consumption, the possible uses of pumpkin are endless,” said Duitsman.

    Pumpkins lend themselves to a variety of cooking methods. It is possible to serve pumpkins as a side dish, soup, cake, muffin, bread, custard and even pie. Pumpkin can also be substituted for winter squash

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    Savvy Senior®

    Burial and memorial benefits available to veterans

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    Does the Veterans Administration provide any special funeral services or benefits to old veterans? My father is a 90-year-old World War II veteran with late stage Alzheimer’s, so I’m looking into funeral options and would like to know what the VA may provide.

    Planning Ahead

    Dear Planning,

    Yes, the Veterans Administration offers a number of burial and memorial benefits to veterans if their discharge from

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    Choosing a Medicare plan? Ask yourself these questions

    Each year during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7), Medicare beneficiaries have a chance to make changes to their health and prescription drug coverage. Yet according to a 2013 survey by UnitedHealthcare, more than 60 percent say they have never shopped around to find coverage that may better suit their needs. That’s unfortunate because Medicare is not a one-size-fits-all program, and a lot can change in a year in terms of your health status and budget. The plans that are available can change every

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    You don’t always get what you pay for when buying eyeglasses online

    With busy lives and tight budgets, Americans continuously try to find ways to save time and money, which is why online shopping has become so common. However, some purchases are better taken offline to help ensure a person’s health and safety, especially when it comes to your vision.

    Purchasing prescription eyeglasses online may offer convenience to consumers, but the American Optometric Association (AOA) warns that the consequences of making an incorrect or uninformed purchase could end up costing you more time and money in the long run.


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    ObamaCare the 'Un-Affordable Care Act'

    Good Day,

    Our country marked a rather infamous anniversary this week as it was a year ago, on Oct. 1, 2013, that the ObamaCare exchanges opened and was rolled out. We all remember what a disastrous rollout that was. One year later, this government takeover of our health care system remains unpopular

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    Farm Bureau FARM-PAC endorses Parson

    Trustees of Missouri Farm Bureau’s 4th Congressional District FARM-PAC announced their endorsement of Mike Parson for re-election to the Missouri Senate from the 28th Senatorial District.

    Parson was first elected to the Missouri Senate in 2010 representing the citizens of Benton, Cedar, Dallas, Hickory, Laclede, Pettis, Polk and St. Clair counties. Before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, Sen. Parson served as the Polk County Sheriff and served six years in the U.S. Army. In addition, he is a small business owner and a third-generation farmer.

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    Kids on cell phones can be in danger while walking

    Every hour of every day, a teen pedestrian is killed or injured in the U.S.

    New research released from Safe Kids Worldwide revealed alarming news: 40 percent of teens have been hit or nearly hit by a car, bike or motorcycle while walking.

    The report, “Teens on the Move” made possible with support from FedEx®, explores walking behaviors of 1,040 teens ages 13 to 19.

    According to the research, distraction plays a role; half of teens surveyed say they cross the street while distracted

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    Savvy Senior®

    Vaccination options available to seniors this flu season

    Dear Savvy Senior

    I understand that there are several types of flu vaccines being offered to seniors this flu season. What can you tell me about them?

    Cautious Senior

    Dear Cautious,

    Depending on your health, age and personal preference, there’s a buffet of flu shots available to seniors this flu season, along with two vaccinations for pneumonia that you should consider getting too.

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    Tips for the 2015 Medicare annual enrollment period

    If you’re 65 or older, you probably know that the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Generally, this is the only time you can make changes to your coverage.

    According to Herb Fritch, president of Cigna-HealthSpring, a leading health service company and Medicare insurance provider, here are some things to consider:

    • Determine priorities. Make a list of priorities — such as lowering out-of-pocket costs — and use it to compare plans.

    • Understand the different parts. Part A refers

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