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EDITORIAL: Felons can own weapons under gun rights amendment

A Circuit Court judge in St. Louis last week ruled that because of the passage of Amendment 5 last November, Missouri law banning felons from owning guns is now unconstitutional.

EDITORIAL: Keystone veto will hurt Obama and won't stop the project

Completed, the pipeline would have given the U.S. more ready access to oil from Canada, an ally, and perhaps less need for oil from the likes of Venezuela, whose leadership disdains this country and whose currency is in tatters.

EDITORIAL: Hillary Clinton should not have official channels with emails

She's not the first government official to be caught conducting the public's business through private channels, but she may well be the most willful violator.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Republicans must change their tactics

Missouri Republicans are ideally positioned to devour their own. The state has no contribution limits, and it has a wealthy individual, Rex Sinquefield, who will spare no expense to elect candidates to support his causes.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Republican leaders wake up to need for taxes

Sadly, GOP governors seem wedded to trickle-down economics that relieves the wealthy of income taxes and burdens the middle and working classes with higher sales taxes and less disposable income.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Lack of compromise hinders international trade

You would think that an issue so obviously beneficial to the American economy would command wide bipartisan support. But you would be wrong.

EDITORIAL: Medical use of drugs is for relief, not recreation

Legislators now are considering a proposal by Rep. Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair, to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

DAVID ROSMAN: Tom Schweich's death must be a wake-up call

Something must be done about the lack of mental health professionals to handle an increasing number of successful and attempted suicides in the state.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New federal food guidelines are a bold move

“A healthy dietary pattern,” a draft from the Department of Health and Human Services says flat out, is “lower in red and processed meat” and “low in sugar-sweetened foods and drinks and refined grains.”

EDITORIAL: Remembering Tom Schweich, 1960-2015

He believed in honesty, integrity and good government. He may not have looked like a giant, but he might have become one.

DEAR READER: Linguistic malfeasance in the shortest month

Although a mere 28 days, the month of February was filled with lessons about linguistics.

EDITORIAL: Missouri women shouldn't let mixed signals take away from real problems

Wage discrepancies, a dearth of child care centers, higher poverty rates and a lack of adequate health insurance are all issues that affect Missouri women.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Executing mentally incompetent killer is pointless

Mr. Clayton may not realize what he is facing or what he is experiencing at the time of his execution, but we will and we are not mentally or morally incompetent.

GEORGE KENNEDY: City still struggling to address strain on basic services

Currently there's a dispute over whether to create a "blue ribbon commission" to take another look at our future needs for such basics of modern civilization as adequate sewers, potable water, electricity to power our computers and reasonably smooth roads.

EDITORIAL: Popular Conservation Department in legislative cross-hairs

We're not sure why Missouri lawmakers would want to intrude upon one of the most successful operations in our state. In fact, the model used for the Missouri Department of Conservation is considered one of the best in the nation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Fuel taxes back on the table in Missouri legislature

A fuel tax, unlike sales taxes, is a fair and economically sound way of funding roads.

EDITORIAL: High price of America's policy against ransom payments to terrorists

Kayla Mueller's family has a hard time accepting the policy, but paying ransom money to terrorists will only serve to make it exponentially more dangerous for everyone.

EDITORIAL: If facts mattered, Medicaid would be a slam dunk in Missouri

A report prepared by Deloitte Consulting found that everything promised by Medicaid expansion proponents in Kentucky has come true. The same thing has happened in most of the 28 states that, unlike Missouri, have expanded Medicaid.

 

EDITORIAL: 'Impoverished' Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder seeks a per diem

Kinder has asked lawmakers to give him a daily expense allowance to offset his “gradual impoverishment.” He makes $86,000 a year and maintains two homes.

DAVID ROSMAN: Missouri is ready to put a cap on payday loans

HB 820 would cap the interest rate on payday loans at 36 percent annually.

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