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Our Opinion: Accidents, 'deaths of despair' taking a toll

Published Jun. 19 2016

We're killing ourselves. Two recent reports show accidents and fatalities grouped as "deaths of despair" are increasing at alarming rates.

Your Opinion: Response on guns

Published Jun. 19 2016

In response to Donna Bernskoetter and her husband, there was an actual trained-with-a-gun security guard on duty the night of...

Your Opinion: Angered by flag decision

Published Jun. 19 2016

I am ashamed to hear that it took a public outcry for the officials of Cole County to change their...

Your Opinion: Response on flag issue

Published Jun. 19 2016

After reading Ms Gibson's and Mr Steinman's letters about Cole County not lowering the American flag in respect to those...

Your Opinion: Follow up on flag, massacre

Published Jun. 19 2016

I am pleased that the county commissioners reversed their decision to not lower the flag after the Orlando massacre and...

Your Opinion: Brainwashing the populace

Published Jun. 19 2016

I'd like to put forth just one of my many thoughts on the national gun control debate. So, Let's keep...

Your Opinion: Response on apalling display

Published Jun. 19 2016

I want to agree with Ms. Gibson about the appalling display of Confederate merchandise that is for sale at the...

Your Opinion: Trump spews GOP misogyny

Published Jun. 19 2016

With Donald Trump the presumptive Republican Party candidate for president, the Republican party's history of bigotry, xenophobia and misogyny is...

Your Opinion: Paving the way to road improvements

Published Jun. 19 2016

During a recent trip to Jefferson City I noticed all the paving work that had been done on U.S 50....

Your Opinion: Media does disservice to police officers

Published Jun. 19 2016

Our police officers, locally and nationally, seem to by "damned if they do and damned if they don't," to quote...

Our Opinion: Capt. Obvious says 'Stay cool; help others'

Published Jun. 18 2016

Captain Obvious here, with a reminder to protect yourself — and monitor others — during the protracted heat wave Central...

Perspective: 'A Better Way'

Published Jun. 18 2016

This spring, House Republicans started putting together ideas to show Americans what our conference stands for, or, as it has...

Our Opinion: Prioritize protecting kids in hot cars

Published Jun. 17 2016

Rising temperatures are turning up the heat on Gov. Jay Nixon to act on legislation regarding children in hot cars.

Your Opinion: Anger drowns message

Published Jun. 16 2016

After reading the angry, hateful News Tribune letter of June 7, I started wondering: are the Gods of Jesus and...

Your Opinion: Carbon tax opposed

Published Jun. 16 2016

I read the June 12 letter to the editor concerning climate change, As Smith stated in the past, half truths...

Your Opinion: Mayor's perspective on flag

Published Jun. 16 2016

There has been a lot of discussion about flying the flag. The City of Jefferson follows the president's executive orders...

Our Opinion: County's split vote fractures unified show of respect

Published Jun. 16 2016

By the end of business Tuesday, a Cole County commissioner reversed his decision and the courthouse flag was lowered to...

Your Opinion: Gun laws don't stop terror

Published Jun. 15 2016

In France, to own something a diabolical as a Ruger 10/22 .22 caliber rifle, with its 10-round detachable magazine, you...

Your Opinion: Gun control not the answer

Published Jun. 15 2016

After tragedies like the mass shooting in Orlando, there are cries of and quotes: Take away the guns! Make stronger...

Your Opinion: County's flag ruling improper

Published Jun. 15 2016

To our two Cole County commissioners that are breaking the rules of flying our flag.

Your Opinion: Correct call on flag

Published Jun. 15 2016

Thank goodness for the majority of the county commissioners wanting to abstain from lowering our United States flag.

Your Opinion: County errs in flag decision

Published Jun. 15 2016

It is beyond disappointing that Cole County will not lower its flag to respect those killed in the Orlando slaughter.

Our Opinion: A second chance for offenders

Published Jun. 15 2016

Do offenders deserve a second chance to get a job and turn their lives around?