Initiatives by the Republican majority likely will be buffeted not only by past failures but by swelling partisanship in this election year. Expectations of accomplishments this session are low.
The latest football coach to be handed his hat was Steve Spagnuolo, whose teams managed to win only 10 games in his three seasons
The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced plans to make Interstate 70 a toll road to fund renovations. Without tolls, MoDOT officials say they would have to increase the gas tax 15 cents per gallon, almost doubling Missouri’s current tax of 17 cents per gallon.
A rotating regional primary system would better serve the nation and better reflect the population.
The so-called "Blueprint for Missouri," the agenda of the Republicans who lead the House with an overwhelming majority, is underwhelming to say the least. Were the actual goal to build a better state, it would be a blueprint for collapse.
Presdident Barack Obama, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain contributed to rare moments of surprise in 2011. Alas.
Children should be getting more quality instructional time, not less, to prepare to compete in the rapidly globalizing economy. Instead they're being held back and provided fewer school days and hours by stopgap solutions to budget problems they didn't cause.
Several notable events in 2011 showed it's time for Americans to change at least some of their old ways of thinking about oil.
In this election year, the economy will be a topic of much discussion and debate. Candidates will take credit for each upswing and criticize opponents for each downturn. But no candidate or elected official can single-handedly spark an economic boom.
As the General Assembly session's opening nears, House and Senate leaders have yet to resolve their bitter differences over economic development legislation.
The Iowa caucuses are the oddest oddball of the political year. They have virtually no predictive value. Historically, they are as apt to choose a loser as a winner.
The wall has been left as a monument to the nearly 100,000 volunteers from around the globe who helped the residents of southwest Missouri dig out of the rubble. It ought to be left standing to remind legislators of their promises, too.
The willingness of politicians to trample over a public vote remains a disturbing legacy of this year. The secretary of state has approved 32 petitions dealing with 13 issues for circulation for the November 2012 elections.
Common sense says the FAA should do its part to keep exhausted pilots out of the cockpit.
The trial likely will create a media event rarely experienced in Cole County.
The variety and volume of engineered crops have steadily increased over the past 15 years, despite the lack of independent research on their long-term effects on human health and the environment.
For the politicians involved, at least, these missteps and misstatements would have been better left unwrapped.
A plan to cut Medicare costs released by Sen Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is being celebrated by some as bipartisan success. Actually, it is proof that even a Democrat and Republican working together can chart a dangerous course for future retirees.
Any reasonable person must admit that our men and women in uniform have not only the duty to protect the rest of us but also a fierce obligation to protect one another.
One donated hour at a time, dedicated volunteers are working to alleviate hunger among those in need.