*I enjoyed participating in the Veteran's Day programs at Oak Ridge, Gordonville, Delta High School, Delta Grade School, and Jackson High School. These programs are a great reminder to our children -- our nation's future leaders- of how important it is to protect our freedom and democracy.
At Jackson High school there was a special tribute in honor of Major Garrett Knowlan. I would again encourage you to please contribute to the Knowlan Family Memorial Fund for the benefit of his wife, Meg, and two sons Beckett and Levi. Donations can be mailed to The Knowlan Family Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 363, Jackson, MO 63755.
*A November 7 House of Representatives press conference was held to introduce the newly elected Republican House members. Most the 110 Republicans attended that will make up the Majority 2013-2014 House members. But I can assure you that both parties will work hard the next two years on the "big three E's": Economic Development - to bring jobs to Missouri and push for less bureaucratic business regulations; Education - see that students get the education they deserve; and Energy -- encourage research and innovation.
*Cape Girardeau again makes state-wide news. According to a Missouri Department of Economic Development: the Cape Girardeau metro area exported a total of $120 million ranking 53rd overall within the nine-state region and eighth in Missouri for the year 2011. Cape Girardeau export totals were above those of Ownesboro, Ky., and below those of Johnson City, Tenn. Cape Girardeau metro area exports increased from 2009 to 2011 exporting a total of $329 million in goods over the two years. Exports increased in the Cape Girardeau metro area 25.6 percent from 2009 to 2011. The metropolitan reports examine metropolitan exports as collected from the U.S. Census through 2011. The data originates from shipper's export declarations and represents an origin of movement (OM) series.