Commentary

Some 68 years after Brown v. Board, similar foes continue fighting progress | Opinion

BY: - May 24, 2022

During a 2014 symposium marking the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision, a statement from one of the plaintiffs offered what today feels like prescient insight. Many of the Virginia plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit, feared integration and would have preferred separate and actually equal. Many historians consider Brown one of the high court’s five […]

Capitol Perspectives: Possible reasons for Missouri’s legislative dysfunction

BY: - May 23, 2022

This column was inspired by a discussion with Missouri Independent Reporter Rudi Keller the day after the 2022 legislative session adjourned. We reminisced about earlier years when there seemed to be a more intense focus on the specific details of public policy rather than ideology and pondered what caused the change. Has it been the […]

The abortion debate is filled with misinformation, hypocrisy | Opinion

BY: - May 23, 2022

Embedded in the protracted abortion debate are many existing conditions and facts that are often omitted or distorted, along with blatant hypocrisy when it comes to promoting and protecting the wellbeing of millions of women and children already among us. Whether you take to the street in protest, seethe in anger or shudder silently in […]

Missouri proposes ‘permit lite’ for leaking coal ash dumps | Opinion

BY: and - May 20, 2022

Our environmental safeguards are being decimated by none other than the agency meant to protect us from pollution, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Staff from DNR met secretly with corporations and consulting firms before releasing a proposed rule that would drastically reduce oversight at coal ash dumps by allowing them to continue leaching […]

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 […]