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Five calls from Missouri politicos after Election Day

When I address state legislatures about ethical dilemmas in public life – and how to avoid making a mistake like the one I made...

Capitol Perspectives: Teach your children well

This column is inspired by a 1970 song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for parents to "teach your children well." I've been thinking about...

With the the state’s bicentennial approaching, what does it mean to...

The year 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of statehood for Missouri — Aug. 10, to be exact. Almost seven years ago, the 97th Missouri General Assembly...

Missouri can do more to safely keep schools open during COVID...

When Gov. Mike Parson announced changes to COVID-19 quarantine guidelines for Missouri schools, he argued, “transmission within our schools appears to be low.” Given the...

If it can save a life, why won’t you just wear...

I volunteered to work on Election Day in Cole County, and took training as an election judge. At 54, I’m younger than most volunteers who...

Capitol Perspectives: I live in my district

When Missouri's House begins its 2021 session, it may face a fascinating issue of residency which has a long history. The issue arises from a...

Census survey reveals COVID-19’s devastating impact in Missouri

Hundreds of thousands of Missourians are struggling to get by during our coronavirus public health emergency, including children, according to the recently released U.S....

As they navigate a pandemic, grant public school officials some grace

COVID-19 has turned public education on its head. State Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin, who doesn't blame the parents who want to pull their kids out of...

Legislators should use COVID funds for stimulus payments to struggling Missourians

I know that many businesses across our state are working hard to keep their doors open. While their business plans may differ, from retail...

This Thanksgiving recipe doesn’t depend on food or family

With all of the frustrations, the tragedies and the maddening political chaos that have been with us this year, I have the perfect recipe...

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