It’s the vaccine, stupid

By Rik W. Hafer
    Bill Clinton used the slogan “It’s the Economy, Stupid” in his presidential campaign against George H.W. Bush. The idea was that a Clinton administration would deliver the economy from the recession caused by policies of the sitting president. Let’s revive the slogan, with slight modification, to defeat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

National Farm Safety and Health Week provides awareness, reminders for agriculture industry

By Garrett Hawkins
    It seems like every time you turn around, there’s a day or a week devoted to a cause or event. Some are traditional, such as Christmas or Hanukkah. Others, like the Fourth of July, remind us of key events in our nation’s history. Finally, some just make you scratch your head like International Ninja Day (December 5, in case you needed to mark your calendar).

Restricting speech in the name of safety, from panic to pandemic

By Kevin Goldberg, Freedom Forum First Amendment Specialist
    The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, occurred on a Tuesday. By the end of that week, we saw the beginnings of restrictions on First Amendment rights that extended for decades, all in the name of national security. As we endure another national crisis in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, are we seeing a similar crackdown justified by public health and safety?

Impeaching governors

By Phill Brooks
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent resignation following allegations of inappropriate behavior with women staffers offers some interesting similarities but also contrasts with the resignation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens who faced allegations of inappropriate behavior with a woman.

The Reagan Edict: Trust, but verify

By Adam Crumbliss
    I grew up in the heart of Missouri Republicanism. I've clung to the common sense values of my hometown of Joplin. These values are best articulated by the President of my youth, Ronald Reagan. "The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."