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As a lifelong resident of Missouri, I am ashamed to see our beautiful state full of intelligent, hard-working, moral and forward-thinking citizens, becoming characterized as the safe haven for dark money supporting political lapdogs in our Legislature. Witness the most current example of our Missouri Legislature and Gov. Mike Parson garnering national headlines for making our wonderful state the poster child for a concerted attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Although our state government has the chance to improve our sadly deteriorating roads, improve our schools by elevating teacher pay and pass a prescription drug monitoring law as one of the last states to do so, they choose instead to focus their time on issues that will give the citizens of our state the ignominious title of “Member, Gang of Women’s Rights Deniers of 2019.” What a choice.

Stacey McMackin • Richmond Heights