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.
By Gene Policinski
The White House. To the world, it's the image of the United States. To Americans, it's the "us" in U.S. — and the universally recognized metaphor for the president and the administration behind him.
By Phill Brooks
Earlier this year, I had a friendly debate with Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin. In his final months in Missouri's General Assembly, we were reminiscing about his history as the state's only House speaker to become the Senate's top leader.
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.
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.
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.