Commentary

Capitol Perspectives: A dysfunctional legislative session

BY: - May 16, 2022

The 2022 regular session of the Missouri General Assembly was the most dysfunctional I can remember in more than 50 years covering the statehouse. Endless Senate filibusters stalled action for weeks on major issues for Missourians — contributing to the second lowest percentage of bills passed in an annual session in more than one-third of […]

Out of the closet and into the Capitol | Opinion

BY: - May 10, 2022

Every year, dozens of bills are filed in the Missouri General Assembly that target the LGBTQ+ community in one way or another, forcing queer legislative staff to sit quietly while our humanity is debated.  I am a gender non-conforming lesbian and a very visible member of this community. There are days I worry if it […]

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Pandora’s Box: Overturning Roe is only the beginning of the threats to women | Opinion

BY: - May 9, 2022

When I was raped in 2016, one of my attackers reached inside me and pulled out my NuvaRring, an internal birth control device, and asked me what it was.  When I told him, he cast it aside where it was lost until police retrieved it a couple days later.  Following my attack, because of the […]

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Capitol Perspectives: Divisive ideological fights in Missouri’s legislature

BY: - May 2, 2022

Missouri’s legislature enters its final days of the 2022 legislative session facing an unusually large pile of partisan and ideological divisive issues. In an election year, it is not unusual that some legislators seek to highlight issues that will inspire their party’s loyalists to vote. This year’s partisan issues include requiring a photo ID to […]

Now is the time to remember the good our government does for us | Opinion

BY: - May 2, 2022

With higher gas prices, rising food costs and near record inflation as we emerge from the worst pandemic in a 100 years, many of us may be struggling to make ends meet or move forward in any way — finding it difficult to see what government is doing to make our lives better. But as […]

Missouri should end the death penalty and spare Carman Deck | Opinion

BY: - April 29, 2022

The “machinery of death” is back to work in Missouri as the Missouri Supreme Court has issued an execution date of May 3 for Carman Deck.  James and Zelma Long were fatally shot during a robbery in their home in Desoto in 1997. Deck and his sister went to the Long home with the intent […]

Here’s the new strongmen. The same as the old strongmen. There’s no backing down | Opinion

BY: - April 25, 2022

As a college history major, I have always followed the motto society needs to learn from history lest we are doomed to repeat it. Now, almost 40 years after earning that degree, I find a great deal of the history we need to learn from is not what is recorded in textbooks but things that […]

‘Think of music as a nutrient:’ How a Kansas City nonprofit helps artists keep playing

BY: - April 22, 2022

Just under 15 years ago, a group of people banded together hoping to play some music and do some good. Kansas City musician Abigail Henderson, 31, had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. To support her, her friends did what musicians do; they rallied together to play a show. The group put together a three-day […]

Capping prescription drug costs is not a substitute for lowering prices | Opinion

BY: - April 20, 2022

Lawmakers in Congress have been promising to tackle rising drug prices for years, but so far there’s been little action. Now, Congress may be running out of time as bigger issues like the war in Ukraine and inflation crowd out long-standing issues with more immediate concerns. The outrageous price of medicines has made prescription drug […]

The 2022 midterms give voters power to change state legislatures, Congress | Opinion

BY: - April 18, 2022

How long are we willing to tolerate the obstructionism, stonewalling, half-truths and downright lies that are being used to pass detrimental legislation — or no legislation at all — in state legislatures and in Congress? We, the people, have the power to change things, beginning with the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. If only we use […]

Capitol Perspectives: Rethinking Missouri Senate filibusters

BY: - April 15, 2022

After so many decades covering the legislative process, I’ve gained an appreciation about Senate filibusters. So many times, I’ve seen benefits from the power of a senator or two to speak for as long as possible to delay hasty action. Filibusters can be effective tools to forge compromises that sometimes involve other issues before the […]

The loyal opposition is a key element of democracy, and we’re losing it | Opinion

BY: - April 14, 2022

The United States has made many contributions to the world in science, technology, medicine and the arts. We’ve exported the key ideas that serve as the framework of self-government and personal freedom around the world. By my reckoning, however, the greatest contribution of the United States to the world is the idea of legitimate opposition. Put simply, this […]