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Our Opinion: Education bill's mixed bag needs examination

Published Mar. 7 2011
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Teaching should be treated much like any other profession. Consequently, the job security provided by...

Our Opinion: Don't be fooled: Scams come in new guises

Published Mar. 3 2011
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Consider how much more inventive and productive our society would be if the people who create and carry out scams...

Our Opinion: Patriots honored for supporting National Guard and Reserve

Published Mar. 2 2011
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We always are delighted when the Missouri National Guard presents a Patriot Award to a Mid-Missouri employer.

Our Opinion: Outlook for incremental growth

Published Mar. 1 2011
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Recent indicators predict incremental growth in Central Missouri.

Our Opinion: State continues to lead nation in meth lab seizures

Published Feb. 28 2011
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Missouri retains what the state Highway Patrol characterizes as the "unfortunate distinction" of leading the nation in seizures of...

Our Opinion: Electronic shackles help rein in costs

Published Feb. 27 2011
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Missouri lawmakers proposing increased use of electronic shackling are accepting the challenge to be smarter in...

Our Opinion: Politics featured prominently in photo IDs for voters

Published Feb. 23 2011
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Picture a scenario where political considerations do not distort debate on requiring voters to show photo identification. That scenario does not...

Our Opinion: Retain driver's tests in foreign languages

Published Feb. 22 2011
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Legislation advanced by a House panel would end Missouri's decades-long process of offering driver's license tests in foreign languages. The immediate...

Our Opinion: A potentially dangerous convention

Published Feb. 21 2011
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A proposal by a state lawmaker to call a constitutional convention allowing states to repeal federal...

Our Opinion: Prohibit smoking in prisons

Published Feb. 20 2011
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Extending the smoke-free initiative to Missouri's prisons is long overdue. Not only are the prisons publicly funded...

Our Opinion: The initiative dilemma

Published Feb. 10 2011
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A lawmaker has initiated a proposal to ask voters to change the initiative process.

Our Opinion: Heed subtle warning signs from the heart

Published Feb. 9 2011
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Last week - on the second day of American Heart Month - I shoveled snow.

OUR OPINION: Shift ban on texting into high gear

Published Feb. 8 2011
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Last week's blizzard curbed state Senate action on a bill to expand the prohibition on texting...

Our Opinion: Do expanded subpoena powers breach separation?

Published Feb. 4 2011
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Does a proposed expansion of legislative subpoena powers breach the traditional separation of powers?

Our Opinion: Community spirit emerges amid blizzard conditions

Published Feb. 3 2011
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Snowmageddon, snownami, snowpocalypse, SnoMG.

OUR OPINION: Embrace smoking ban as a change for the better

Published Jan. 31 2011
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A change in Jefferson City effective today will be deemed significant by some residents and will...

Our Opinion: Awash in horrifying side effects

Published Jan. 26 2011
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Side effects may include hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates, self-mutilation, suicidal thoughts and death by poisoning. Sound appealing?

OUR OPINION: Detailed accounting of state job cuts needed

Published Jan. 23 2011
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Not again. In his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Jay Nixon announced an additional, unspecified 800 job cuts...

Our Opinion: Volunteers advocate for children

Published Jan. 21 2011
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Who speaks for the children? In the case of children navigating the labyrinth of the judiciary, 11 adult advocates recently were...

Our Opinion: Ground governor's flight policy

Published Jan. 20 2011
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We urge lawmakers to pursue efforts to bring Gov. Jay Nixon's flight plans down to Earth.

Our Opinion: Lawmakers burn public with exemption

Published Jan. 19 2011
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Smoking remains on the list of rules that apply to almost everyone except elected lawmakers.

OUR OPINION: Restrictions on meth create illicit industry

Published Jan. 18 2011
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Efforts to choke the supply of a meth ingredient have created a new criminal cottage industry.

Our Opinion: Follow sensible procedures for dome access

Published Jan. 14 2011
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We urge lawmakers who recently received keys accessing the upper reaches of the Capitol dome to adhere to recommended policies...