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.
When you pull your money out of your mega-bank and start banking with community development financial institutions, your old bank will hear your voice even louder and clearer than if you were standing on Wall Street with a bullhorn.
Follow these precautions from the U.S. Fire Association to avoid a home fire during this holiday season.
Protect yourself and those around you by getting a flu shot this year.
Gov. Jay Nixon is floating the idea of borrowing from the state's public universities to cover a budget shortfall, but that assumes that the universities are flush with cash.
My Christmas is essentially the Christmas of Charles Dickens. It's a Christmas of family, goodwill, compassion, and presents — lots of presents.