Editorials

Speak up and help save ‘Stars and Stripes’

By Jim W. Martin
    For 159 years, since its first edition rolled off the presses in Bloomfield, Mo., in the early days of the Civil War, the Stars and Stripes has been the voice and watchdog for members of the U.S. armed forces. Now the Dept. of Defense is proposing to completely eliminate federal funding for an organization who’s sole purpose is to serve our fighting men and women.

Secretaries join to fight election misinformation

By Jay Ashcroft, Missouri Secretary of State
and Tre Hargett, Tennessee Secretary of State
    As we gear up for the 2020 elections, voters in both the Show-Me State and the Volunteer State will be flooded with election-related information. This includes anything related to voter registration, polling locations and times, absentee ballots and other election questions. That’s why Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and I are joining forces along with Secretaries of State from across the country to educate voters that election officials are trusted sources for election information.

Eminent domain is not for sale in Missouri

By Eric Bohl
     Imagine if Warren Buffett wanted to build a private toll road across northern Missouri. The billionaire would charge cars $100 apiece to race from his home city of Omaha, Nebraska, to Nashville, Tennessee, pocketing a huge chunk of profit on each trip. He might call it the “Music City Express.” Unfortunately, the toll road would have no exits in Missouri. Cars could only get on in Nebraska and exit in Tennessee. No local residents could use it at all.

Privacy rights vs. the public’s right to know

By Phill Brooks
    A recent lawsuit filed against the Missouri House has highlighted a growing conflict between demands for openness in government versus the expectation of Missouri citizens for personal privacy. Missouri's Sunshine Law addresses privacy concerns for some information held by state government.