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Your Opinion: Poison oak misinformation

Published Jun. 24 2016
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The June 19 Home and Garden section included an article, "Tips for a rash-free homestead."

Your Opinion: Far left missing the big picture

Published Jun. 24 2016
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Political correctness is often equated with tidy dictionary words to a belief that language and practices which could offend sensibilities...

Our Opinion: Combat sex trafficking; protect victims

Published Jun. 24 2016
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Gov. Jay Nixon's signature "dotted the i and crossed the t" on legislation to ramp up the fight against sex...

Our Opinion: Save overdose victims, but don't stop there

Published Jun. 23 2016
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Rescue is the most important step, but sometimes it is only a first step.

Your Opinion: Persecution in China denounced

Published Jun. 22 2016
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On June 13, the U.S. government spoke out against something terrible happening in China, the country of my birth.

Your Opinion: Subsidies and fair taxation

Published Jun. 22 2016
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Who should the federal government subsidize and why? That seems to be a question worth asking and hearing the opinions...

Your Opinion: An invitation to be better

Published Jun. 22 2016
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It's hard to be a progressive living in Missouri and not feel like an outcast.

Our Opinion: Establishing a pattern for roundabouts

Published Jun. 22 2016
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Roundabouts continue to confound some motorists.

Your Opinion: Response on flags, gun control

Published Jun. 21 2016
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I was thoroughly surprised and rattled by Ms.Gibson's and Ms.Burrow's letters on the lowering of the Cole County flag to...

Our Opinion: State action enables local decisions

Published Jun. 21 2016
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Central Missouri communities may benefit from state legislation signed last week by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Perspective: Two veto overrides outlined

Published Jun. 20 2016
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As is inevitably the case, summer temperatures have arrived in Missouri. Quite frankly, I have not missed the heat or...

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

Published Jun. 19 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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This spring, House Republicans started putting together ideas to show Americans what our conference stands for, or, as it has...