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Perspective: Opportunities await

Published Jan. 24 2017

I was pleased to hear the governor focus on creating a legal, regulatory and labor environment that facilitates economic growth,...

Our Opinion: Commission makes right call on nonprofit funding

Published Jan. 22 2017

The Cole County Commission, in approving its annual budget recently, unceremoniously made a decision that won't endear itself to several...

Perspective: A little more speechifying and some actual work

Published Jan. 22 2017

The Missouri House is now three-quarters of the way through the full-fledged quadrennial speechifying. We've heard the Speaker of the...

Your Opinion: Right to work or free load?

Published Jan. 22 2017

If you like the benefits and wages of union jobs, be willing to pay for the processing and handling of...

Your Opinion: An equitable solution - split JCPS

Published Jan. 22 2017

A couple of decades ago, two new, nearly identical middle schools were built because in the words of a previous...

Our Opinion: Local partnership gives needed experience, to challenged job-seekers

Published Jan. 22 2017

A program that partners three local agencies is giving high school students/graduates with disabilities the experience and confidence they need...

Perspective: Presidential inauguration brings spirit of unity

Published Jan. 22 2017

It has been 228 years since President Washington's inauguration and the 58th Presidential Inauguration just took place. Traditions have since...

Our Opinion: Just how 'bloated'?

Published Jan. 20 2017

"Inefficient government." "Big, bloated bureaucracy." State employees: That's not your next-door neighbor's weekly rant. That's your new governor.

Your Opinion: Regulations needed to protect people

Published Jan. 20 2017

I laughed out loud when I heard Gov. Greitens announcing that, "When businesses want to expand, they have to stand...

Your Opinion: Budget shortfall example of 'fake news?'

Published Jan. 19 2017

A recent News Tribune article noted that "Missouri has budget shortfall; lawmaker calls for more cuts." The article notes that...

Your Opinion: Denying health care to 20 million people

Published Jan. 19 2017

Quick! Turn off the television! Turn off the radio. Distance yourself from the frenzy that is the Republican mania to...

Your Opinion: Nixon's 'Medicaid protesters' pardon was just

Published Jan. 19 2017

The News Tribune "Opinion Column" of 1/11/17 contended that Gov. Jay Nixon erred in pardoning the 16 "Medicaid protesters" who...

Our Opinion: Smoke signals bad message

Published Jan. 19 2017

Last week, Missouri lawmakers sent the wrong signal to their co-workers, constituents and all Missourians by snuffing out a proposal...

Perspective: Legislative process begins anew

Published Jan. 17 2017

Last Monday's inaugural activities, beginning with the governor's prayer service and culminating with the inaugural ball, were well-planned, well-executed, and...

Your Opinion: Spend tax dollars wisely

Published Jan. 15 2017

No government is anarchy; too much is anguish. With a new state administration on board and a new federal in...

Your Opinion: Good stewards of tax dollars?

Published Jan. 15 2017

While I am an enthusiastic proponent of the two high school plan, I am not confident that JCPS's newer superintendent,...

Perspective: Time to roll up our sleeves and get to work

Published Jan. 15 2017

On Monday, it was my great honor to watch Gov. Eric Greitens' inauguration on the Capitol steps. I'm not much...

Our Opinion: Welcome, Sheriff Bonham

Published Jan. 15 2017

There's a new sheriff in town. We would like to extend a welcome to Michael Bonham, who recently took over...

Your Opinion: Preserve parts of Affordable Care Act

Published Jan. 14 2017

I find it confounding that Congress has wasted time voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act upwards of 50 times,...

Perspective: Busy session gets off to a quick start

Published Jan. 14 2017

The second week of the 115th Congress proved to be just as busy as the first one and I expect...

Our Opinion: Random acts of kindness acknowledged

Published Jan. 14 2017

We don't make a habit of printing letters noting kind acts done by others, as they don't meet the criteria...

Your Opinion: Right to work means job opportunity

Published Jan. 13 2017

Right to work means more job opportunities for Missourians. Data shows, with slower growth, Missouri is ready to become a...

Our Opinion: Local theater group brings theatrical arts opportunities to the public

Published Jan. 13 2017

Kudos to Capital City Productions for offering theater classes that make the theatrical arts accessible to everyone.