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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Legislature needs to enact tax cuts

There's still time, but the clock is ticking on legislators to enact tax cuts.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri residents deserve Medicaid expansion

The failure to expand Medicaid has left 300,000 Missouri residents unable to afford health insurance.

EDITORIAL: New head of state public safety led efforts after Joplin tornado

Gov. Jay Nixon got a close look at Joplin in the aftermath of the 2011 tornado, and that's where he recognized Lane Roberts' leadership qualities.

EDITORIAL: History center in Southeast Missouri aspires to be destination

The 2,000-square-foot Cape Girardeau History Center at 102 High St. began its new life in the former Andrew Jackson Bridal Co. building with an exhibit titled "Spring Into History."

GUEST COMMENTARY: More than 130 days later, Loretta Lynch is still waiting

By infusing abortion politics into what was a bipartisan bill, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has created a multi-car pileup so huge that even Republican senators despair anything can get done.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Jerry Kennett is qualified to be Boone Hospital trustee

His intelligence and knowledge allow him to take on many jobs and excel at all.  He has a phenomenal memory and recall, which are vital in any task. He has real compassion for people and strives to improve their lives.

EDITORIAL: Lawmakers want to punish students by withholding funds

A group of Missouri legislators is continuing a determined effort to bar undocumented immigrant students from making Missouri a better place by limiting their access to higher education.

GUEST COMMENTARY: My friends and I share a collective oppression

Racism is in everything from what you think when you see someone different from you to how you interact with people. It is in my classrooms. It was in my dorms. It is part of my life and stays on my mind from sun-up to sundown.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We cannot blame racism on others

We can look to the administration to change some policies — harsher penalties for harassment, for instance — but we have to look to each other for the subtler changes.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Change only happens when we show up for each other

Matters of inclusiveness and safety affect everyone on campus, due to reasons as insignificant as a person’s gender, sexual orientation or religion.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Pretending racism doesn't exist on campus benefits no one

If you want to grow into the best possible version of yourself, learn about other people and issues that are bigger than you.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Time to close loophole in Sunshine Law

State law should open the collective bargaining process between government and unions because the public pays for, and depends on, the policies set in these meetings.

DEAR READER: It's time to call out those who capitalize on hate

Politics is a blood sport. It shouldn't be. What if we all said we're not going to take it anymore?

EDITORIAL: Another dubious distinction for Missouri: No. 1 in school suspensions

A UCLA study found that in Missouri, 14.3 percent of black students in elementary school were suspended at least once in the 2011-12 school year compared to 1.8 percent of white children. The 12.5 percent disparity is twice the national average.

EDITORIAL: Congress may help Americans keep watch on government

Government business is the people's business, and there should be only rare circumstances when government information cannot be public.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Dealing with vestiges of racism on campus

At a forum Tuesday night, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin urged patience and "systematic, persistent" efforts to change. The students made it clear that their patience has been exhausted.

DAVID ROSMAN: Proposed legislation would counter First Amendment religious protections

A Missouri House of Representatives bill would prohibit colleges and universities from enforcing policies that deny benefits to student organizations that require members to adhere to certain beliefs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Backing Jerry Kennett for Boone Hospital trustee

In this letter supporting Jerry Kennett for Boone Hospital trustee, he is described as a caring, capable physician and citizen.

EDITORIAL: Take charge of your credit reports

Fully one in five consumers have an error in at least one of their three major credit reports, according to a 2013 Federal Trade Commission study.

EDITORIAL: Congress needs to authorize war on the Islamic State

President Obama in February asked Congress to approve an Authorization for Use of Military Force against the fanatical and bloodthirsty group that has scored significant military victories, and the administration insists that a new authorization is a priority.

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