Commentary

Don’t claim to support law enforcement if you demonize the FBI and IRS

BY: - August 16, 2022

This may come as news to many Republicans:  The Federal Bureau of Investigation is a law enforcement agency. So is the Internal Revenue Service. Most people already think of the FBI as an elite policing agency. But the IRS also investigates crime beyond tax evasion and fraud. Organized crime, drug trafficking, illegal gaming, money laundering and public […]

Elaborate lies spreading through U.S. can’t be dismissed as ‘conspiracy theories’

BY: - August 15, 2022

Journalists have a problem with “conspiracy theories.” I put the phrase in quotes because writers, editors and headline writers have a problem with those consecutive words — “conspiracy theories” — in their writing. It’s not because they are being duped into believing farcical truths about the world. Journalists are lumping all kinds of gaslighting, misinformation, […]

On Jan. 6, I was bewildered. Now, I’m outraged

BY: - August 12, 2022

Ahead of the first hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, I had the opportunity, — due to my more than 40 years in law enforcement — to share my thoughts as part of a panel discussion about what had happened on that terrible day and […]

Missouri budget makes smart investment in community health centers

BY: - August 11, 2022

Each year, National Health Center Week presents an opportunity to spotlight the contributions that community health centers make to our communities. This year, we are celebrating not only the outstanding care that  community health centers provide, but also the investment Missourians are making to keep this infrastructure strong. As the medical home to more than […]

Capitol Perspectives: Missouri’s one-party primaries

BY: - August 10, 2022

One of the major aspects of Missouri’s recent primary was the number of races for which there actually was no contest. In more than half of the 180 state legislative districts on the ballot, one of the two major parties did not have a candidate. That meant that in those 100-single-party district primaries, the primary […]

Recent efforts to combat teacher shortages don’t address the real problems

BY: and - August 9, 2022

States have recently focused their efforts to reduce the nation’s teacher shortage by promoting strategies that “remove or relax barriers to entry” to quickly bring new people into the teaching profession. California, for example, allows teacher candidates to skip basic skills and subject matter tests if they have taken approved college courses. New Mexico is […]

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 […]