A free GIS service should be provided

    A Crawford County citizen attended a recent meeting of the county commission and raised a good point about having public access to the GIS (geographic information system). Taxpayers fund it, why can’t they have access to it?

The right to vote for Missourians, without or with a developmental disability, is a civil right

Submitted by the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC)
    On May 26, 2022, Phelps County clerk, Pamela K. Grow, told the Phelps County Commission, that she would be deleting the voter registrations of individuals who have guardians; even if a court order expressly states that, those individuals retain their rights to vote. Fortunately, because of the work of Sheltered Workshop advocates and self-advocates throughout the county, Grow rescinded her statement.

Safely enjoying summertime sun

By Dr. Graham A. Colditz
Siteman Cancer Center
    For the last few years, summertime has felt even more special to me than usual. With the long, warm days, we’re finally able to get outside more and enjoy walks, bike rides and time at the park—often with family and friends we may not have seen for a while.

Property decisions are key for school districts

    A couple of area school districts have faced some important property decisions lately, which are always important when looking at their future growth concerns. One acted to get some much needed property and another appears to be headed in the right direction to protect some of its existing property.

Let’s talk about paying for education

By Scott Fitzpatrick
    Sunday was 529 Day, a day meant to highlight the opportunities available in state 529 plans. MOST 529 is Missouri’s 529 education plan. Named after Section 529 in the IRS tax code (thrilling, I know), a 529 account can have a significant impact on your child’s education and your family’s finances.