Mary R. Russell wants to improve civics education, expand "specialty" courts that focus on alcohol and drug offenses and make courts more accessible via the Internet.
For too long, policymakers, including coal-state senators from both parties like Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri, have put off the costs for another day.
Fixing the tax regime for pass-through businesses presents a major opportunity to drop the disgraceful unemployment rate in Missouri, especially for recent graduates.
No longer will federal law make second-class citizens of those who choose and love same-sex partners, thanks to this week's Supreme Court ruling.
We have many who work their jobs and take on the extra. They should be rewarded with our supporting/helping them keep Columbia safe.
Compounding pharmacies, which create customized medications from scratch, are regulated by state boards, and sometimes not closely enough.
The problem of uninsured Missouri residents impacts everyone. The uninsured miss out on preventive care and management of chronic illnesses that could keep them out of emergency rooms and hospitals.
Most of the border control wouldn't be necessary if lawmakers worried more about letting workers into the country legally instead of keeping them out.
Fees are a different type of tax. Increased fees equal increased taxation.
In the end, the president’s long-standing reluctance to wade into the Syrian mess means that any uptick in U.S. support for the rebels will be modest, if not simply symbolic, for the moment.
Cellphone towers are imposing structures, and local officials should have the right to consider their relationship to property values and the well-being of a community.
In six years, tax credit spending has increased by $159 million.
It has been a tenet of our republic from the beginning that the government should have as little intrusion into our lives as possible.
This year's bill required some Missouri-style compromise and commonsense — and while nobody got everything they wanted, it's a bill that we can all be proud of, and that passed the Senate with a large bipartisan majority.
Lawmakers love to wring hands over the deficit and budgets, except when it’s time for feeding farm supporters.
The intrusion into American lives for the sake of security shows that many elected officials "have lost touch with the privacy needs of the people they're sworn to serve."
The law says unaccredited districts must pay for their students to get the education they deserve. It is likely that school districts worried about money will delay enforcement again.
The Interfaith Day Center at 616 Park Ave. in the First Ward is a daytime drop-in and referral hub.
U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry in St. Louis threw out a provision of Missouri law requiring both applicants for a marriage license to sign the application “in the presence of the recorder of deeds or their deputy.”
We agree with the governor that repeal of the tax exemption on prescription drugs is a flaw. We do not, however, consider the measure ill-conceived and fiscally irresponsible.