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Every six minutes, someone in the United States dies from a drug-related overdose. On April 16, 2021, that someone was my brother. He was only 38 and left behind three young daughters, who are … more
Summer temperatures are finally starting to taper off and combines are rolling across Missouri’s fields. From corn and soybeans to rice and cotton, this harvest will mark the end of an … more
The power of the sun to illuminate our day is without question. The power of the Sunshine Law to illuminate the work of our state and local governments through empowering citizens to have access … more
A few months ago, I wrote about the ridiculous overreach of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is rolling out a plan to force companies to collect and publish information about their … more
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Agriculture is celebrating Farm Safety and Health Week now through Sept. 23, which has been recognized during the third week of September since being … more
Big Tech is strongly criticized in Congress these days, but it still has sway in Washington when it lobbies Congress to weaken the U.S. patent system. That’s bad news for … more
No matter your political leanings, nobody can deny that our lives rely on affordable and abundant energy. We need it for obvious things like fueling our cars and tractors, heating and cooling our … more
While Missouri is fortunate to have the budget reserves it currently does, this situation is temporary and is a result of short-term federal funds. Quite simply, relying on the current surplus to … more
With the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, I have seen many posts on Facebook and news sites. I want to share my family’s story to add another perspective to the discussion. It has been tough to … more
Ahead of the first hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, I had the opportunity — due to my more than 40 years in law enforcement … more
COLUMBIA — The countdown to next year’s 50th anniversary of the Missouri Sunshine Law will begin with a salute to three Sunshine Heroes — two individuals and an organization — … more
Many years ago, I was in the audience when the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the legendary civil rights activist and election mobilizer, gave a speech. He often used the catchphrase, “Keep hope … more
Google and Facebook have enormous economic and political power in society — especially over the news industry.  Many ask if they have played a role in the misinformation that erodes our … more
Here’s a question: When was the last time at least half of Americans said the government in Washington could be trusted to do the right thing all or most of the time? It was right after … more
In 2017, the Supreme Court decided a case that involved a school playground resurfacing program provided by the state of Missouri. Trinity Lutheran School sought a state grant, which was generally … more
As Yogi Berra, baseball’s preeminent wit and philosopher, would say, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Fifteen years ago, I wrote in this space about an attempt … more
In the wake of the leaked draft opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito overturning Roe v. Wade and holding that there is no constitutional right to an abortion, there’s been a tidal wave … more
After the school shooting in Texas, I realized that I was about the only columnist in America that didn’t talk to my kids about within 24 hours of event. Sure, I’ll cop to being a … more
Sunday was 529 Day, a day meant to highlight the opportunities available in state 529 plans. MOST 529 is Missouri’s 529 education plan. Named after Section 529 in the IRS tax code … more
Recently, a couple of reporters at The New York Times published an intriguing story about conversations between House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of his leadership team. It … more
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