Legislate for the many, not the few

    Thank goodness that’s over with. Now, we can all get back to peaceful nights at home without our phones ringing off the hook and enjoy getting lost in our favorite sit-com without having to sit through endless political commercials. And, hopefully, our newly elected officials can get back to representing their constituents like they did decades ago, rather than their parties, like they’ve been doing lately.

Amazon and the minimum wage

By R.W. Hafer
    Jeff Bezos created quite a stir by announcing that his company, Amazon, would increase entry-level wages to $15 an hour. Bernie Sanders and the Fight for $15 activists lauded this move, claiming victory for their campaign. What Amazon’s new policy really reflects, however, is economics (and some PR) at work. It isn’t support for raising the overall minimum wage.

Community journalism matters because communities matter

Editor's note: National Newspaper Week is October 7-13

By Matt Geiger
    “Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.”
    It’s become something of a mantra for me, in recent years.
    Weekly community newspapers are eclectic, to say the least. We publish photos of ribbons being cut at bakeries, and donations being dropped off at local food pantries. We print the school honor roll, the court report, and in-depth stories on decisions made by planning commissions and town boards.

The shifting agenda of Missouri's GOP

By Phill Brooks
    Like the national Republican Party, Missouri's GOP has flipped on what had been major GOP themes when I began as a Missouri statehouse reporter nearly four decades ago. Back then, in the aftermath of the administration of Democratic Gov. Warren Hearnes, Republicans led the charge to expand the state's Merit System that protects state government workers from favoritism in hiring, firing or promotion.