Is America experiencing a different kind of ‘civil war’? | Opinion

BY: - August 23, 2021

Wars are not always fought by armed military forces with guns, bombs, stealth fighters, and sophisticated weaponry. And the enemy is not always clearly defined. Even the reasons for war often lack clarity. But the divisiveness and fighting still rage, nonetheless. At first glance, you might think characterizing the divisiveness that America is experiencing today […]

Capitol Perspectives: Impeaching governors

BY: - August 20, 2021

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent resignation following allegations of inappropriate behavior with women staffers offers some interesting similarities but also contrasts with the resignation of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who faced allegations of violent sexual misconduct. Both resigned while facing likely impeachment. But the constitutional grounds for impeachment are quite different between the […]

Will Joe Biden’s executive order spark real change in food production? | Opinion

BY: - August 19, 2021

President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order aimed at increasing competition across all sectors of the economy. This is a long time coming and a good first step in addressing a number of long term problems. One important point of interest for agriculture is the change to the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Act […]

Eric Greitens’ run for Senate in Missouri represents a perversion of patriotism | Opinion

BY: - August 17, 2021

Results from a Saint Louis University poll suggests that disgraced former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is the frontrunner in the race to fill retiring Sen. Roy Blunt’s seat. While former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently resigned after allegations of sexual harassment, Greitens has mounted a political comeback since his 2018 resignation following a Republican-led investigation that detailed graphic sexual allegations. Since […]

Student Wearing Mask in Classroom

As schools reopen, an epidemiologist on what works — and what’s not worth the effort

BY: - August 16, 2021

Just when schools were getting ready to reopen for the new school year, cases of COVID-19 started surging in the United States, driven in large part by the more contagious Delta variant. School administrators around the country are working to bring students back into the classroom safely, while still providing kids an enriching learning environment. […]

In our mad, polarized, COVID surge summer, the only way out is through

BY: - August 13, 2021

It all kind of piled up this week: COVID hospitalizations and deaths are up. We’re still trying to convince the unvaccinated to get vaccinated, even as intensive care units fill beyond capacity. As the Delta variant of the implacable virus attacks our children. Florida’s governor threatens the withhold the wages of educators who want to […]

Debate on COVID vaccinations is reminiscent of smoking bans

BY: - August 12, 2021

This notion that one’s “rights” are more important than the health and well-being of others has a long history. Our problem with the unvaccinated is just the latest manifestation. Americans are belatedly lining up in impressive numbers to be immunized against COVID-19. And, still, at about 60% of the population, not enough are doing so […]

Some of my biggest mistakes – and lessons learned – in politics

BY: - August 10, 2021

As my friend and former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber likes to say of politicians, it’s hard to be great until you lose. Bill Clinton’s 1974 loss to Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt brought exposure to conservative voters in what was then Arkansas’ most Republican quadrant, helping Clinton hone a centrist message that got him […]

COVID brings front and center the tug between individual rights and the public good

BY: - August 9, 2021

It seems that getting control of the coronavirus has brought front and center the question: When should an individual’s right become more important than what is in the best health and welfare of the people, the country? The Bill of Rights places high priority on individual freedoms — the bedrock of our democracy that we […]

Friday is the 76th anniversary of Hiroshima. Doomsday is closer than ever

BY: - August 2, 2021

Let me tell you a story of witness and heartbreak. Friday is the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and that’s where our story is forever frozen in time. Unlike memories, which are malleable, fade with age, and eventually die with us, photographs bear perpetual witness. That’s why photo captions, ideally, should be […]

Biden executive order to promote competition in agriculture is a good first step

BY: - July 29, 2021

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden issued an executive order that takes significant action to reduce the trend of corporate consolidation, increase competition and deliver concrete benefits to America’s consumers, workers, farmers and small businesses. The Missouri Rural Crisis Center, a statewide farm and rural membership organization representing the interests of independent family farms and […]

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Here’s why the CDC recommends wearing masks indoors even if fully vaccinated

BY: - July 28, 2021

Vaccinated people need to mask up again, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On July 27, the CDC recommended that everyone in areas with high COVID-19 infection rates wear masks in public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. It’s a reversal from the CDC’s May 2021 advice that the fully vaccinated […]