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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.

Should courthouse gazebo be saved?

    It is refreshing to see the public speak out to their elected officials about the possibility of keeping the gazebo at the Crawford County Courthouse in Steelville after it was announced recently that county commissioners were going to tear it down. During the discussion, however, one key question was never addressed: Should it be saved?

WOTUS given new life by federal judge

By Eric Bohl
    After three years of court battles, a federal judge in South Carolina recently breathed new life into one of the worst ideas of the Obama administration. The 2015 Waters of the United States Rule, commonly known as WOTUS, was an effort by President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency to dramatically expand federal control over our nation’s water resources.

Negative political attack ads return

By Phill Brooks
    I'm tired of Missouri political campaigns dominated by attack advertisements funded by national organizations in which there's barely a whisper about what the candidates actually seek to accomplish. Naively, after the 2015 suicide of State Auditor Tom Schweich, I had thought Missouri politics might return to a more civil discourse.