It is customary at this time of year to bemoan the 12 months just past and look forward to a happier New Year. But it must be said that in some ways, the planet and its people were better off in 2012 than they have been in centuries.
It's difficult to overstate Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf's importance to modern U.S. military history. The military hero of the Gulf War spent his twilight years helping children and charities.
So, at this writing, there we are, on the very edge of the fiscal cliff with no easy way back.
Right now, it is nearly impossible for low-income workers in Missouri and Kansas to obtain health insurance if their employers don’t provide it. Both states have very low Medicaid eligibility limits.
Violations continue and there is little or no enforcement of sunshine laws, and when there is a conviction the penalties don't even amount to a slap on the wrist.
If the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 expires at the end of the year, homeowners will have to pay taxes debt reduction in a loan modification or short sale.
The recent exposure of numerous sham scientific reports generated by biased individuals at supposedly objective institutions should draw intense public scrutiny to this new era of corporate-funded science.
Instead of a regressive flat tax on payroll, the carbon tax would be more efficient consumption tax.
A recent state budget analysis adds more weight to the case for expanding Missouri’s Medicaid eligibility threshold, which currently is one of the nation’s lowest.
We must have a comprehensive conversation about the way Washington funds federal programs that treat mental illness.
We need tough gun safety measures, starting with bans on assault weapons and on high-capacity ammunition clips. And we need background checks before all gun purchases.
Gun owners should have, by now, come up with a way of demonstrating a commitment to preserving a right to bear arms that involves holding one another more accountable.
The attraction of the prison tours is more about the captivating stories told by the guides than about the building itself.
A national commission can and should focus the spotlight on those who profit from America’s gun culture.
Missouri isn't limiting its recruitment to just Illinois, but is pressing hard in California where high school students are looking to escape soaring college tuition rates.
In an ideal world, colleges would either eradicate early decision or make the acceptance rates equal, regardless of when students apply.
And yet, amid all of this fragmentation, some things still stop us in our tracks, make us think, make us talk, make us look to each other, make us feel as if, somehow, we're one in shock and tragedy.
Tax incentives issued by Missouri and Kansas to businesses, designed to lure companies across state lines to improve job growth, are succeeding only in hurting those who pay their fair share.
Missouri lacks a statewide fire code — something that could help save lives if one were in place.
Mr. Obama has decided that this year, he will solicit money directly from corporations to pay for the cost of the inaugural festivities.