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Representative Gary L. Cross’s Capitol Update November 23, 2017

As we know the first “Thanksgiving” took place in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists held an autumn feast as a show of thanks to the Wampanoag Indians, who had helped the colonists survive in the new world. Thanksgiving meals went on to become an annual occurrence in the New England states and then throughout the country. It was finally in 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official national holiday in a proclamation that called on Americans to ask God to “commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” of the Civil War, and to “heal the wounds of the nation.”

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Representative Rebecca Roeber’s Capitol Report: November 25, 2017

A Time for Thanks

The thought of Thanksgiving brings with it different associations for each of us. For some it’s the image of the traditional Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing along with cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie. For others it’s the colorful and iconic floats in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And for some others it’s the thought of throwing around the football in the backyard and then watching a few games on the television. However, even if we have different images or traditions we associate with the holiday, the one thing that cannot be overlooked is the real reason for this yearly celebration.
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Congressman Cleaver Releases Statement on House Tax Bill

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement after the passage of the tax bill.
 
“It was truly disappointing to witness the passage of the hastily drafted House tax plan yesterday. Like many Missourians, I support efforts to simplify the federal tax code; however, I strongly oppose shifting the tax burden from corporations onto hard-working, middle-class families."
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Letter to the Editor: Veterans Day Parade 2017

Sadly, that is no longer the case. While city hall and the Downtown merchants are more than happy to have a Emerald Isle Parade, Downtown Bunny Hop Parade, and Boos Barks & Badges Parade wind their way through our downtown streets, the Veteran Day Parade has been pushed further and further out until this year they finally managed to detour the Veterans, completely bypassing the downtown core so their precious shops would not be inconvenienced.

That is a sad testament to the decline of what was once a common patriotism in small town America. 

Emerald Isle, an icon of debauchery, has a higher standing in the hearts of our merchants than the Veterans who made their freedom possible.
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The Evidence of Faith’s Substance: Why Stand for Our National Anthem and Our Flag? Ask Our Fort McHenry Veterans

Psalm 56:11 “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

Kathleen Kendrick, curator for the Star-Spangled Banner preservation project, says "You're looking at the very same flag that Francis Scott Key saw on that September morning in 1814. The Star-Spangled Banner is more than an artifact—it's a national symbol. It evokes powerful emotions and ideas about what it means to be an American." In 2008, the National Museum of American History completed the 8-year project of restoring the same 39 ft – by – 42 ft flag that flew over Fort McHenry that night at the Battle of Baltimore. 

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Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare

Research Psychiatric Hospital is a comprehensive behavioral healthcare system.  We have an inpatient facility that serves adults and seniors, an adolescent center for teens from 12-18, and a unit specializing in trauma services. We also have outpatient services for adults and adolescents.

A recent addition to our adult services is called VINE.  It is a unit that offers our guests an advanced therapy protocol for high functioning individuals who need stabilization.  The newly remodeled VINE Unit offers immediate care in a secure but relaxed environment.  There are no patients who are actively psychotic, exhibiting aggressive behaviors, or on involuntary holds.  In addition, they cannot refuse to participate in their treatment groups.  These patients are highly motivated to engage in therapy and have the cognitive ability to benefit from this comprehensive level of care. 

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Representative Rebecca Roeber’s Capital Report: November 11, 2017

Missouri Transportation Funding

Over the last couple of years, there has been a considerable debate about transportation funding in the state of Missouri. Raising the gas tax, toll roads and a sales tax have been mentioned as possibilities to increase funding for transportation funding. This year, transportation funding will be one of the many important things the Missouri Legislature will tackle. 
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Cleaver and Duffy Introduce Bill Aimed At Helping Low-Income Families

This week, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) and Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) introduced H.R. 4258, the Family Self Sufficiency Act, a bipartisan bill that would update and improve the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program.

“Growing up in public housing, I am well aware of how important it is that we provide residents with opportunities to become independent and self-sufficient. A program like FSS helps participants access essential supportive services - putting them on a path towards success.  The program has strong support nationally and has been successful in improving outcomes in my own Congressional district,“ said Congressman Cleaver.
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#practices4life: November, 2017

Greetings, friends. As I pen this month’s column, we are experiencing the coldest day of the year thus far. 

Many of us love the fall season for its gift of change and the wonderful colors in nature. Others of us see it as the inevitable warning from Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming,” which means cold and often nasty weather and gray days are ahead.

If you are in the latter group, fall is tolerable but it’s what comes afterwards that we resist. And that’s what we will discuss in this month’s column: how to recognize resistance and its impact on our experience, as well as the practice of acceptance and its benefits in our paths to live happier, healthier, and more peacefully. 
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The Evidence of Faith’s Substance: Why Celebrate Veterans Day? Because We Owe Our Freedoms to Our Military

Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God every time I remember you.”

Almost 100 years ago today, on November 11, 1918, a treaty was signed that ended what was then called "the war to end all wars" - World War I. A year after that day, Americans came together on what was known as Armistice Day, to honor not only the 116,000 American soldiers who died but also the 4.7 million soldiers who served. It was from this war that America emerged the global superpower it is today.
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