*There is a great sadness which permeates the nation this Christmas season. The senseless killing of 27 persons in Newtown, Connecticut. I want you to know that Missouri legislators have already begun discussions and analysis of Missouri public school safety as a proactive, preventative measure. What happened in Newtown has everyone on edge and ready to spring into action, but clear and level thinking must prevail. Schools in our area have plans to prevent such an event. If you need reassuring you may want to call your local public school superintendent's office to learn the procedures.
*This year's Christmas tree to grace the state Capitol building comes from Southeast Missouri; specifically it came from Steve and Theresa Meier, owners of Horse Shoe Pines. The beautiful 11 year-old, 12-foot White Pine was transported from their farm outside of Jackson. It was planted in 2001 and though the drought affected many of their younger trees, due to its age and deep roots, it was able to overcome adversity. It is my hope that many of you will find "deep roots" of hope and faith during this blessed Christmas and New Year.
The tree was set up and decorated during a small ceremony in front of the Governor's office. The First Lady, Georganne Wheeler Nixon, presided over the ceremony.