Commentary

We must never forget that elected officials work for the people | Opinion

BY: - September 6, 2021

Labor Day is set aside to celebrate and honor workers across many industries whose efforts keep America running each and every day. Have you ever thought of elected officials as being part of the workforce that keeps America prosperous and working in the best way possible? More importantly, do elected officials perceive themselves as part […]

Vaccines for kids are coming but they can’t be rushed | Opinion

BY: - September 3, 2021

For weeks, questions from concerned parents have poured in:  Why isn’t the COVID-19 vaccine approved for children under age 12 yet? When will a vaccine for children be available? Can the vaccine be given off-label? These are all good questions, and the answers aren’t easy.  After the SARS-CoV-2 virus was identified in late 2019, clinical […]

A letter of encouragement, and some words of warning, to my fellow teachers | Opinion

BY: - September 1, 2021

Nearly a month ago, I was asked to consider writing a letter of encouragement to teachers as they start another difficult school year. I did not procrastinate in drafting the letter, nor did I forget about the task. Quite the contrary — I’ve been thinking about what kind of encouragement I can give to fellow […]

Shannon County vaccination clinic sign

Don’t use shame to convince people to get vaccinated | Opinion

BY: - August 31, 2021

In the fall of 2020, I was infuriated to see then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rushing to seat Justice Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court just 35 days before the 2020 election. After all, he was the one who refused to even hold hearings on Merrick Garland, a moderate choice by any measure, because the […]

Dreaming of Afghanistan past while fearing for Afghanistan present | Opinion

BY: - August 30, 2021

Five times I landed at the Kabul airport. Before touching down, I saw women doing what I was doing — pulling a headscarf out of a bag. I experienced natural trepidation: Would I get through the immigration and identity card processes, pay a baggage helper appropriately to get me where I needed to go, find […]

Everything we know about work is wrong. The pandemic proved it | Opinion

BY: - August 26, 2021

So what can the plight of a little cafe tell you about the state of the American economy and the changing face of work? A lot, as it turns out. The other week, the bistro where my family and I have been grabbing brunch every Sunday since the start of the pandemic announced that it […]

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 […]