Editorials

Rural America needs help to weather COVID-19 crisis

By Blake Hurst
    I can remember when President Nixon embargoed agriculture exports. I was hanging out at Kretchmer’s Corner Cafe with my dad, after doing chores on a Saturday morning, and I can tell you that the local coffee drinkers were ticked. I can remember when President Carter began the Russian grain embargo. I can remember the inflation of the 1970s and the high interest rates of the early 1980s.

Coronavirus fight shows need for broadband infrastructure

By Dan Cassidy and Eric Bohl
    Recent school closures and remote-work directives intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 will have a harsher impact on rural Missourians than their urban and suburban peers. The precautions against this highly contagious virus are understandable and probably the right call. But implementing this “digital distancing” will be much more difficult in rural Missouri than in cities.

Dangers in taking control of medical information

By Phill Brooks
    A Missouri incident nearly a decade ago demonstrates the danger of politicians trying to control health information as the administration of Pres. Donald Trump has done to deal with the coronavirus threat. Trump put in charge the vice president, Mike Pence, who does not have a medical degree.