Editorials

Keep the sun shining

    Unfortunately, it’s not that rare that our elected officials on just about every level violation Missouri’s open meetings law, which is also known as the Sunshine Law. It’s rare thing, however, when they openly admit doing so.

Free speech and press need freedom of information

By Kevin Goldberg
    “The right to speak and the right to print, without the right to know, are pretty empty.”
    These are the words of Harold Cross, author of “The People’s Right to Know,” a book largely regarded as inspiration for the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which Congress passed in 1967.

SRO program takes one step forward and two steps back

    Just when it looked like the School Resource Office (SRO) program in the Cuba School District was taking a big leap forward, it took two steps back last week when Cuba Police Chief Doug Shelton informed the city council he was not recommending approval of a new SRO contract with the school for the 2022-23 school year.

There's got to be a better way

By Phill Brooks
    This year's process to redraw Missouri's legislative districts represents the danger of handing that responsibility to partisan politicians.
    Every 10 years following the national census, district lines must be redrawn to meet the U.S. constitutional requirement for near equal distribution of population among the districts.