Commentary

As more families choose charter schools, Missouri funding gap persists | Opinion

BY: - December 22, 2021

Missouri’s public-school kids deserve to be treated fairly. Throughout the pandemic, our schools have gone above and beyond to provide critical resources, from laptops to hotspots, meals for families, and so much more. They worked tirelessly to keep us connected to our school community. It is time that they start receiving their fair share of […]

A Christmas letter: Phil, America is a promise we must keep

BY: - December 20, 2021

Phil, You’ve been away for a good long while, so here’s a Christmas letter to catch you up on all the news you’ve missed. So much has changed. Time steals like a shadow over the living, rendering us all Henry Adams at history’s eclipse. There’s much I want to share, because you could have helped […]

Capitol Perspectives: Personal attacks in Congress versus Missouri 

BY: - December 13, 2021

The recent personal and racially tinged partisan attacks by a couple of U.S. House members, and the absence of swift discipline, stands in stark contrast to how legislators treat one another in Missouri’s General Assembly. This contrast reminded me of a speech by the late Sen. Richard Webster made on the night of his final […]

Some politicians deliberately sacrifice public health and safety for personal greed | Opinion

BY: - December 13, 2021

Whether driven to hang on to power, have access to money, or intoxicated by fame—when politicians say and do things that hurt and harm the people for their personal gain, it is greed of the most grievous kind. Greed? Yes, greed. Greed has many faces and is manifested in many ways. Whatever form of greed […]

How the pandemic helped spread fentanyl, drive opioid overdose deaths to a new high | Opinion

BY: - December 11, 2021

For the past 20 years, I have been engaged in efforts to end the opioid epidemic, as a public health official, researcher and clinician. And for every one of those years I have looked on as the number of deaths from drug overdoses has set a new record high. Yet even knowing that trend I was […]

Our political system has withered since Bob Dole’s days | Opinion

BY: - December 10, 2021

The death Sunday of Bob Dole was a potent reminder of what we have lost as a nation. Another member of the Greatest Generation has left us — another of those Depression-era kids who came together to save democracy in the dark days of World War II. The career of the 98-year-old Kansas Republican reminds […]

80 years on, the attack on Pearl Harbor offers lessons for today | Opinion

BY: - December 8, 2021

“Pacific Ablaze” read Australian papers on December 8 1941, as the world learned about the monumental events that unfolded only hours before. Japan had simultaneously declared war against the United States and Great Britain, then immediately launched stunning attacks spanning 6,400 kilometers (and the international date line) from Singapore to Hong Kong, Malaya, Bangkok, Guam […]

Capitol Perspectives: Missouri Gov. Parson’s unprecedented attacks on journalists

BY: - December 7, 2021

I begin this column with a confession. We journalists are reluctant to report about ourselves because under journalism ethics, a reporter should avoid covering something in which the reporter has a conflict of interest. But Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s continuing attacks against news organizations and specific reporters are so unprecedented that I feel compelled to […]

Missouri lawmakers must take action to legalize marijuana | Opinion

BY: - December 6, 2021

In 1984, I was arrested for felony possession of marijuana for a half-pound of marijuana, for which I served five years of probation. In 1991, I was arrested for possession of two ounces of marijuana, for which I served 60 days in county prison. Finally, in 1993, I was arrested as an accessory in a […]

After a breakthrough COVID infection, I believe in the vaccine more than ever | Opinion

BY: - December 1, 2021

In April, when I received my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, I was hopeful for the first time in over a year that my life was going to return to normal. However, seven months later, I tested positive for COVID-19 and it was as if the isolating feeling of the early months of the […]

The biggest threat to Missouri’s 2022 legislative session? Ambition | Opinion

BY: - November 30, 2021

Former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton liked to say that the minute you put your name on a ballot, you lose 50 IQ points. Trust me: He was only half-kidding. It’s not just that political neophytes do dumb things once they decide to run for office. It’s that ambition often clouds the thinking of even […]

A time to think about who we are and who we are becoming | Opinion

BY: - November 29, 2021

As we begin to resume some sense of normalcy in our lives during this holiday season, and as we gather with family and friends, it behooves us to think about and discuss a not so simple question: “Who are we?” Who are we becoming, as a nation, as a city, as a community or as […]