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Our Opinion: Improve your health and Cole County's ranking

Published Dec. 2 2016

Your behavior is a key factor in diagnosing Cole County's overall health.

Perspective: Freedom of conscience in 'Hacksaw Ridge'

Published Dec. 1 2016

At the height of World War II, there was room in America for conscientious objectors. Where are we now?

Our Opinion: Planning for reunification amid chaos

Published Dec. 1 2016

Amid the chaos that follows a natural disaster, a natural tendency is to seek assurance that loved ones are unharmed.

Your Opinion: Respect for women begins at home

Published Nov. 30 2016

Congratulations to those in our community who were instrumental in declaring 16 days of advocacy to eliminate violence against women...

Your Opinion: The business of political correctness

Published Nov. 30 2016

I wonder how many of your readers still remember the High Street dime stores Newberrys and Woolworths?

Our Opinion: Celebrate community's rich Christmas traditions

Published Nov. 30 2016

Churches, businesses, governments and individual residents will continue the holiday tradition of inviting the community to share their expressions of...

Your Opinion: What will Trump do?

Published Nov. 30 2016

"I don't know what Trump will do. I do know I won't like it." So, said a friend. Based on...

Perspective: Politics isn't everything

Published Nov. 29 2016

The first vote I cast for president was for Jimmy Carter, thereby providing additional evidence that the 26th Amendment was...

Our Opinion: Acting against scourge of drug abuse

Published Nov. 29 2016

The sadness of Cody Marshall's fatal heroin overdose lingers in the hearts of family and friends, but Cody's father continues...

Your Opinion: Be proactive on stormwater

Published Nov. 28 2016

As a follow-up from my previous letter of flood damage problems in Jefferson City, I continue discussion.

Our Opinion: Audit finds dismal lack of transparency

Published Nov. 27 2016

Transparency in government was a topic of much discussion in advance of the November election, but a recent state audit...

Your Opinion: Addressing city stormwater

Published Nov. 27 2016

Flood damage control is on the forefront now that the ice rink and other properties have been under water twice...

Your Opinion: Response on mistreatment

Published Nov. 27 2016

Sue Gibson's whine, I mean editorial, in the Nov. 14 edition concerning all the poor mistreated unwashed masses describes exactly...

Your Opinion: Distracted driving taxes public

Published Nov. 27 2016

The subject of my letter was to question the millions being spent on cable installation on curves like the Mel...

Your Opinion: Another aspect of immigration

Published Nov. 27 2016

Immigration is in the news. According to a recent USA Today article, "Half of immigrants in the country owned homes...

Your Opinion: Responsibility for tragedy

Published Nov. 27 2016

From an 11/21 article on Tamir Rice's mother; "Rice 39, struggles with grief but also with anger and frustration that...

Your Opinion: Title X under attack

Published Nov. 27 2016

I am writing regarding family planning and reproductive health in Missouri, specifically Title X. Title X provides health services to...

Your Opinion: Oregon climate kids win again

Published Nov. 27 2016

Nov. 10, 2016, Judge Ann Aiken ruled that 21 young Americans can proceed to trial in their suit against the...

Your Opinion: Looking ahead

Published Nov. 27 2016

Everybody on television said to vote. People I know said to vote, it's your duty. You should vote, our veterans...

Perspective: Supporting small business in communities and in Congress

Published Nov. 27 2016

The holiday season is officially here, which means Christmas trees are being decorated with lights and ornaments, lots of friends...

Our Opinion: Celebrate and continue Red Cross commitment

Published Nov. 26 2016

We join in celebrating the area chapter of the American Red Cross, which began celebrating its centennial Wednesday and will...

Your Opinion: Reality seems to be vitriol to Democrats

Published Nov. 25 2016

The past: "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never...

Your Opinion: Choosing lesser evil is still choosing evil

Published Nov. 25 2016

For a long time, we were told this just completed election was a choice between the lesser of two evils.