Commentary

Our government only can function better if we vote wisely

BY: - August 8, 2022

Few things are more important in determining how well our government functions than each of us taking time to become informed, and to vote wisely in selecting those who will represent us. The primary elections in Missouri, and in most states, are over. The midterm elections are just around the corner on Nov. 8. Wherever […]

State, federal regulations of CAFOs are weak. It will take political courage to strengthen them

BY: - August 5, 2022

On July 19th, I had the opportunity to testify to a Congressional committee about the challenges and opportunities facing family farmers like me. Below is a slightly condensed version of what I said. I’m Doug Doughty. We grow corn, soybeans and hay along with a cow/calf operation in north Missouri. I returned to our farm […]

Missouri’s GOP Senate primary as a hand of Texas Hold ‘Em, part four: The river

BY: - August 1, 2022

Back in September of 2021, I asked: If each U.S. Senate primary candidate held a Texas Hold ‘Em starting hand, what would they be, and why? If you’re still following the series, then I assume you have some basic familiarity with poker. This spring, I provided an update, with a column describing the flop — […]

Jan. 6 committee reveals Trump’s Orwellian attempt to win the election

BY: - July 27, 2022

Anyone who’s read George Orwell’s “1984,” the dystopian novel about life in the U.S. under an authoritarian regime, knows that to survive, one had to accept whatever Big Brother said no matter how big the lie. Proof you’d come to fully embrace the all-controlling Party was to believe without question that two plus two never […]

Lives hang in the balance as time runs out for action on health insurance

BY: - July 25, 2022

Five years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Yet I’m the lucky one. I could afford to get treatment. Too many people in America don’t have the health care they need, even today. The 2021 American Rescue Plan included subsidies to make health insurance more affordable than ever, resulting in a record-breaking […]

1st District Democratic primary will be an expression of what the St. Louis community values

BY: - July 22, 2022

In the sixth chapter of Isaiah God poses a compound question, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”  Isaiah answers, “Here am I, send me.”  Isaiah’s willingness to accept the assignment speaks to who he is. We generally think of elections as about candidates, but actually elections are about communities. Really, they […]

They say information is power. Wrong. Accurate information is power

BY: - July 18, 2022

Facts and accurate information matter. But disinformation has been and continues to be front and center, negatively impacting our political process. Somehow during the last several years in the public square, among our political leaders, some media outlets and social media platforms, often complete truth, facts and accurate information seem hard to find. The adage […]

Missouri charter school funding fix should pave path forward

BY: - July 15, 2022

To the casual observer of state government, Missouri’s 2022 legislative session was dominated with headlines about infighting, gridlock and arguments over political maps. By its mid-May adjournment, the Missouri General Assembly had passed its fewest number of bills in at least 40 years, excluding the pandemic-shortened 2020 session. But look more closely and you’ll see […]

Missouri’s GOP Senate primary as a hand of Texas Hold ‘Em, part three: The turn

BY: - July 12, 2022

Back in September I asked: If each U.S. Senate primary candidate held a Texas Hold ‘Em starting hand, what would they be, and why? As a refresher, in Texas Hold ‘Em, two cards are dealt face down to each player, while five “community cards” are dealt face up in three stages — a group of […]

Midwest college grudge matches vanish during conference realignment

BY: - July 11, 2022

My wife’s stepdad, Mike, was notoriously slow to soften. This was especially true if you were me, the bouncy, naive kid dating his stepdaughter. One particular interaction between us lives in family lore. I came to visit Kansas City as a mop-haired photojournalism freshman at the University of Missouri. However, a baby shower swamped the […]

More justice, more safety

BY: - July 8, 2022

Nearly six years to the day after beloved St. Paul, Minn., school cafeteria worker Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer during an otherwise routine traffic stop, Jayland Walker died in a hail of bullets fired by police officers in Akron, Ohio. While the full picture of that shooting is still emerging as […]

States with strong antiabortion laws have high maternal and infant mortality rates

BY: - July 6, 2022

As someone who considers himself pro-life, I should be celebrating the recent Dobbs case that the Supreme Court used to overturn Roe v. Wade.  But I’m very concerned today.  I believe such a ruling will not only fail to reduce the abortion rate, but could very well lead to an increase in maternal death rates […]