Commentary

Being good stewards of Missouri lakes and rivers | Opinion

BY: - October 4, 2021

Missouri’s waterways are some of our state’s greatest features. How many of us have spent part of the summer at Lake of the Ozarks, or floating the Huzzah or Meramec Rivers? My family and I have many great memories of hunting and fishing along the banks of the Missouri River. From a personal and professional […]

The debate on Latino vs. Latinx vs. Hispanic is the song that never ends

BY: - October 4, 2021

Growing up in El Paso, Texas, in the ’80s and ’90s, the diversity at my school could’ve been broken down into two categories — children who were born in the United States and students who weren’t.  But almost all of the students’ families came from Mexico at some point, and we called ourselves Mexican-Americans or […]

Denying history is a major impediment in state legislatures and Congress | Opinion

BY: - October 4, 2021

If you do not know your history or, worse still, know it but deny it, how on earth do you expect to learn from it and move forward? Unfortunately, many leaders in government who can take actions or propose measures to correct persistent issues are either denying, ignoring or redefining history to disavow whether there […]

Former Gov. Bob Holden: Parson must intervene and stop the execution of Ernest Johnson

BY: - October 1, 2021

In principle, l support capital punishment. During my term as governor, 20 men were executed. I also realize, however, there are unique occasions when Missourians are wisely served by the governor exercising the office’s clemency powers. The scheduled Oct. 5 execution of Ernest Johnson, I believe, is one such instance. A review of pertinent documents […]

Capitol Perspectives: The loss of a major state leader, Jim Mathewson

BY: - October 1, 2021

Missouri has lost one of the most influential Senate leaders in at least the past half century. It would be difficult to exaggerate the accomplishments of Jim Mathewson who died Sept. 28 from cancer. The Sedalia Democrat served nearly one-quarter of a century in Missouri’s Senate achieving a pile of major legislative accomplishments. After serving […]

A sign advertising protective face masks is taped in the window of a coronavirus pop-up store.

Evidence shows that, yes, masks prevent COVID-19 | Opinion

BY: - September 30, 2021

Do masks work? And if so, should you reach for an N95, a surgical mask, a cloth mask or a gaiter? Over the past year and a half, researchers have produced a lot of laboratory, model-based and observational evidence on the effectiveness of masks. For many people it has understandably been hard to keep track […]

Wielding Power on World Contraception Day | Opinion

BY: - September 28, 2021

Sunday was World Contraception Day, an annual celebration to improve awareness of birth control and enable individuals to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. During a standard year, it’s a time to reflect on the transformative impact of birth control. But this year – after the Missouri legislature risked destabilizing the entire […]

What if the Missouri GOP Senate primary was a hand of Texas Hold ‘Em? | Opinion

BY: - September 27, 2021

In my experience, mixing politics and poker is not without risk. But just like that first time, I couldn’t resist, and so as Missouri’s U.S. Senate race begins to take shape I find myself pondering: if each candidate held a Texas Hold ‘Em starting hand, what would they be, and why? Texas Hold ‘Em, for […]

To protect the right to vote, kill or change the filibuster | Opinion

BY: - September 24, 2021

Democrats in the U.S. Senate recently introduced a new piece of legislation, the Freedom to Vote Act. Minnesota’s very own DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the lead sponsor on the bill. This proposal represents the latest efforts by members of the Senate to pass comprehensive voting rights and pro-democracy legislation. Earlier legislation on these issues […]

The state of Missouri is dead set on killing Ernest Johnson | Opinion

BY: - September 23, 2021

Ernest Johnson is a man with an intellectual disability, but Missouri plans to execute him anyway.  Johnson was convicted of killing Mable Scruggs, Fred Jones and Mary Bratcher during a botched robbery at a Columbia Casey’s convenience store in 1994. He was under the influence of and severely addicted to crack cocaine at the time. […]

Grievance envy discounts the oppressed while denying them justice | Opinion

BY: - September 21, 2021

For decades, people have used the phrase “playing the race card” to shut down conversations about our nation’s racial caste system. What they likely didn’t realize was that the phrase offered a tacit admission that racial grievance, in many cases, had virtually no equal and virtually no response. There’s no trumping that card. But in […]

The ‘Big Lie’ remains a big part of Missouri U.S. Senate race

BY: - September 20, 2021

Seconds into a web ad supporting Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s U.S. Senate bid, footage of former President Donald Trump alleging a stolen election is juxtaposed with headlines touting Schmitt’s role in lawsuits challenging the 2020 results.  A largely discredited audit of the presidential election in Arizona has become a key piece of Eric Greitens’ […]