Editor’s note: In honor of Memorial Day and the many people who fought for the United States, the Missourian is republishing this column by Ernie Pyle. Pyle accompanied World War II Allied forces in the invasions of North Africa, Italy and Normandy, and reported from the front lines with stories of soldiers and their lives. He was killed by Japanese gunfire on Ieshima in 1945.
The government's decision to flood Mississippi farmland without compensation is a prime example of its thinking of citizens as statistics.
This Memorial Day, by working to improve health care and benefits for our nation's veterans and expanding employment opportunities for men and women paralyzed in the line of duty, we can pay proper tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of all Americans.
Advocates for a Missouri "consumption tax" on goods and services suggest it would help everyone, including the elderly, families and the state's poorest citizens. But the items it seeks to tax include everyday necessities and exclude expenses irrelevant to the poor, like private school tuition.
Passing a bill to clear construction for a second nuclear power plant is essential to future economic development.
Truth is, the big money that America's richest take in comes from capital gains, not from "creating jobs."
By eliminating the income tax, we would eliminate its compliance burden. By collecting sales taxes at the point of sale, we shift the limited remaining tax filing responsibility onto businesses.
A 330-page bill aims to grant $360 million in tax credits to create new business, but it's banking on chance and fails to take three major flaws into account.
The attempted passage of Senate Bill 188 is driven by big business and will let discrimination become a problem in the workplace.
The carefully restored nature sanctuary should exclude dogs, who can damage delicate habitats and scare off the native critters the park hopes to attract.
Despite initial promises of openness, the Obama administration has set even more boundaries against a transparent government than previous presidents.
While keeping free speech and free press rights in mind, professionals from the legal field are examining ways to unmask anonymous speakers who make libelous statements.
Eliminating Missouri's short-term loan industry would hurt the community and those who rely on the loans and borrow responsibly.
Short-term payday loans have long-term effects on communities. They create a cycle of debt that is difficult to escape.
The Missourian is accepting letters to the editor and guest commentaries about the ballot issues and candidates until April 1.
The U.S. is an outlier when it comes to freedom of expression. Although we share other countries’ repugnance for hate speech, particularly the race- and religion-baiting variety, the First Amendment reflects a uniquely strong aversion to government censorship of any kind.
Organizations that receive taxpayer funding should be required to report who gets the money, how much they get and for what purpose it's spent on lobbying.
An MU peace studies professor argues for a weapons-free outer space.
Missouri legislators' tendency to ignore their constituencies is disturbing.
The new parking garage downtown won't help us dig out of the hole we find ourselves in as tons of its spaces remain empty.