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I was in graduate school taking a class on urban missions when I first encountered the acronym “NIMBY,” which stands for “not in my back yard.” The term often refers to situations when local … more
The Missouri House refusal to fund voter-approved Medicaid expansion reminded me of a long Missouri legislative tactic of "kicking the can down the road" involving state funding for Medicaid.The … more
Ozarks farmers and suburbanites alike treasure living in the country.They don’t always agree, though, on what rural living ought to allow. City-bred folk, for example, may object more vigorously … more
In typical Missouri fashion, the week following the winter storms that hit our region was filled with gorgeous days in the 50s and 60s. As someone who enjoys gardening, I took this opportunity to get … more
I had a birthday last month, and The New York Times gave me a wonderful present. On the day I turned a year older (which in COVID times equals roughly 11 years), the newspaper published a story so … more
I don’t often order steak in a restaurant — this past year not at all.But, when I do, the server always asks, “How would you like that cooked?” And my answer is generally “Yes,” assuming … more
My wife and I live on an estate of 7 acres in Polk County. We have survived Hoover through Trump and expect to survive Biden with hope for a future with positive progress instead of negative … more
Yesterday, I watched my 14-year-old daughter text her best friend, and I realized something. Generally speaking, a person’s age is a direct correlation of their texting speed.Like my daughter, I … more
I was 9 years old the first time I boiled sassafras roots to make a “spring tonic.”Correction: I was 9 years old when I first dug roots for our housekeeper to boil for tea, and it turned out they … more
OATS Transit is closely watching proposed state legislation that, if passed, would allow concealed-carry permit holders to lawfully bring firearms on public transportation. It raises serious concerns … more
The debate about changing U.S. Senate filibuster rules demonstrates how different that chamber is from Missouri's Senate. Missouri Senate rules make it more difficult to kill a bill by a … more
The wave of domestic hate crimes which has hammered our country in recent months is a serious issue we must face. The people of the nation will have to come together to fight the trend, and work as … more
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