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Your Opinion: Does government spending equate with services?

Published May. 15 2016

The federal government is projected to spend $3,897,000 million in FY2016, about $31,000 per household.

Your Opinion: Republican fantasy on minimum wage

Published May. 15 2016

Should I take my state representative, the Honorable Jay Barnes, seriously?

Your Opinion: Shelbyfest aids local economy

Published May. 15 2016

The entire Jefferson City community owes a tip of the hat to Kyle Caraway who single-handedly brought a huge economic...

Your Opinion: Nursing Home Week perspective

Published May. 15 2016

As National Nursing Home Week closes, I reflect on my experience with a nursing facility. My family has been very...

Your Opinion: Climate has changed again

Published May. 15 2016

A letter published on May 8 by Mr. Laur in response to my letter "Climate change hoax continues" published May...

Your Opinion: Turning bills into billboards

Published May. 15 2016

In my opinion if we must choose someone to replace Andrew Jackson or Alexander Hamilton on U.S. currency it should...

Our Opinion: Proposal chills trust in government

Published May. 14 2016

In the waning days of the legislative session that ended Friday, Missouri lawmakers found time to create unnecessary mischief.

Perspective: Combating the opioid epidemic

Published May. 14 2016

This winter and spring, in particular, I have heard from doctors, nurses, first responders, families and numerous individuals who have...

Our Opinion: Life-long value of character education

Published May. 13 2016

Education, experience and a strong work ethic are among the qualifications sought by employers.

Your Opinion: Time to turn from wicked ways

Published May. 12 2016

Once your shores welcomed people whose thankful hands grasped God's Word; whose lives glowed through absolute captivity to Jesus Christ...

Your Opinion: Campaign cash and politics

Published May. 12 2016

Ever since the disastrous Supreme Court decision Citizens United for the FEC (Federal Elections Commission) that has allowed unlimited financing...

Our Opinion: Bill would crack down on sex trafficking

Published May. 12 2016

We echo the unanimous vote in the Missouri House to crack down on sex trafficking by enhancing protections for victims...

Your Opinion: Capitalism and climate change

Published May. 11 2016

My view is capitalism may not save our environment. We may need more than the profit motive.

Your Opinion: Called to love, not judge

Published May. 11 2016

Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Not just those who look like us or talk like us...

Your Opinion: Protect reproductive health

Published May. 11 2016

The Missouri House of Representatives has passed Rep. Sheila Solon's HB1679, which would increase access to birth control by allowing...

Our Opinion: Study health consequences of e-cigarettes

Published May. 11 2016

Greater knowledge of the health consequences of smoking allowed more smokers to make informed decisions. Doesn't it make sense to...

Perspective: Override of veto, ag bill approved

Published May. 10 2016

All legislative actions must be completed by 6 p.m. Friday. This hard deadline demonstrates the wisdom of the constitution's authors...

Our Opinion: When state law clashes with federal rulings

Published May. 10 2016

Four years after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on juvenile offenders, a Missouri senator is working to bring Missouri into...

Perspective: Small business forms backbone of economy

Published May. 8 2016

Fact of the day: 99.7 percent of businesses with employees are small businesses.

Perspective: Sir Thomas More and Gov. Nixon, legislators and Mark Twain

Published May. 8 2016

Most years, I call the second to last week of session "moving week." It's when bills are moved into conference...

Our Opinion: Photo ID an unnecessary, partisan ploy

Published May. 8 2016

Requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls — which has more to do with partisan politics than ensuring...

Your Opinion: Political system in need of a shakeup

Published May. 8 2016

John F. Kennedy was the last Democrat I voted for since I believed he had a true vision for America....

Your Opinion: Are we willing to make sacrifices?

Published May. 8 2016

Although there have been only a couple of responses to my question of saving mankind or the Earth they have...