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Many parents are struggling with the idea of sending their children to school this year in our new coronavirus world. Alternatives include home-schooling, hiring private tutors or signing up for … more
Missouri became the 38th state to approve Medicaid expansion as more than 53 percent of voters supported Constitutional Amendment No. 2 during the August primary. While the amendment passed, budget … more
On Aug. 5, lawmakers from around the state returned to Jefferson City to resume the extra legislative session called by the governor. In his call for an extra session, the governor outlined six … more
There is little doubt if you and I would have grown up in the south as part of the white race before the civil war — you and me, Republican or Democrat, all of us — we would have fought … more
The COVID-19 lockdown has its benefits: a chapter a day of the unabridged version of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, a study in fear and redefined “normal” values, among many … more
I have to admit that occasionally I have broken the speed limit. I know that to some of you that may come as a shock. Last month Connie and I spent 40 hours, and over 2,300 miles, in our … more
(Editor’s note: We have varying opinions this week on the validitiy of passage or disapproval of Amendment No. 2 as a Missouri Constitutional issue being posed to registered voters in the Aug. 4 … more
As an emeritus faculty member of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, I feel compelled to offer some thoughts about the recent controversy involving the tweets by two school newsroom … more
To the Editor: Donald Trump is pretending to give us something, but is actually trying to steal our retirement. His TV ads and comments say he wants to give us a Payroll Tax cut. Two points- 1. … more
(Editor’s Note: For our readers intending to vote Aug. 4 in the Primary Election for Republican sheriff’s candidates, we are sharing some comments posted to Facebook by the interim Gasconade … more
New research from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that the nearly three dozen states to implement Medicaid expansion are better positioned to respond to the coronavirus outbreak and … more
Following a break in legislative action after the final day of the 2020 legislative session on May 15, activity in the State Capitol is starting to pick back up. Last week, the governor finished … more
A few decades ago, Missouri’s Senate had a unique visitor — a baby squirrel. Harvey’s chamber appearance was unplanned. Arriving to the Capitol late one day, I entered the … more
Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” This saying goes at least as far back as Don Quixote, written in 1615, and is probably much older. While the proverb’s wisdom is obvious to anyone … more
I wanted to take a moment to briefly explain my concerns to the community over the recent issue of “anti-police” rhetoric that is occurring on a national level.  For those of you … more
As we emerge from the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic, every state and local government, including our own, has begun to survey the economic damage caused by weeks of … more
I seriously doubt that there are any statues of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi let alone streets or providences named after him in Iran. He was the last Shah of Iran, ruling that country from Sept. 16, … more
As we emerge from the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic, every state and local government, including our own, has begun to survey the economic damage caused by weeks of … more
This column is prompted by a simple question asked of the governor at one of his news conferences. Missouri had reached a peak level of COVID-19 infections. That record was set after Missouri … more
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I can see it now. To appease protesters — so they don’t feel threatened and unsafe — everything in the future will be named with numbers, similar to the numbers on our credit … more
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