Editorials

America needs more meat processing options

By Eric Bohl
    “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” This saying goes at least as far back as Don Quixote, written in 1615, and is probably much older. While the proverb's wisdom is obvious to anyone who has spent much time in a barnyard, some of the people who should understand it best have strayed much too far from its warning.

Tale of two hospitals shows impact of Medicaid expansion

By Paul Taylor
    Consider this a tale of two hospitals.
    Four years ago, our health system was forced to shut down Ozark Community Hospital in Springfield. Two hundred employees lost their jobs, and a corner of the city lost its access to both primary and emergency care. We’ve since closed three other clinics in Missouri.

The economy is not roaring back

By Rik W. Hafer
    The Labor Department announced that almost 5 million jobs were added in June. On top of an impressive increase in May of nearly 3 million jobs, predictions of V-shaped recovery seemed inevitable. Sadly, it isn’t going to happen.

A simple question

By Phill Brooks
    This column is prompted by a simple question asked of the governor at one of his news conferences.
    Missouri had reached a peak level of COVID-19 infections.

Wearing a mask is your patriotic duty

    Throughout the history of our country people have proudly stepped up when called into service during times of crisis. At no time was that more evident than during World War II, when millions served in our military forces abroad and millions more went to factories at home in support of our great nation. We are at war again, this time with an invisible enemy, and it’s time we all did our patriotic duty and put on a mask when we venture out into public to not only save lives, but also restore the health and economic viability of the nation.