Editorials

Use these simple tips for keeping weight in check, improving health

By Dr. Graham A. Colditz, Siteman Cancer Center
    Weight can be a tricky topic. While our weight has no bearing on who we are or how we should be viewed or treated, it can be quite important when it comes to health and well-being. And that can be very meaningful—not only to us personally but also to our family, friends and others who care about us.  

Food insecurity is quickly becoming worldwide crisis

By Garrett Hawkins
    It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the hectic nature of our everyday lives. Toting kids to and from school, activities at all hours, putting in a solid day’s work and getting meals on the table often means that from the moment your eyes open to the time they close, it’s hard to process anything else. Yet the world is full of other problems, including ongoing problems with COVID-19, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and inflation hitting our grocery and gas pump bills. It’s all just exhausting, and this is only a tiny sample of our daily concerns.

Missouri voters vs. their elected officials

By Phill Brooks
    There is an issue on Missouri’s statewide general election ballot that I will be watching to see if Missourians continue a trend of rejecting the decisions of their elected officials.
    It is the initiative petition proposal to legalize possession and sale of marijuana.

Agriculture is a wise investment for Missouri’s future

By Garrett Hawkins
    After three weeks of debate and negotiations, the Missouri legislature reauthorized targeted agricultural tax credits as part of a broad agriculture legislative package. Most of the agricultural tax credit programs expired at the end of last year. This bill renews the programs for six years, providing tax relief for Missourians and businesses investing in rural communities.

Legislative food fights

By Phill Brooks
    Missouri's legislative special session dealing with tax cuts is a reminder of how often in past decades tax-cut bills have become food fights for getting tax burdens reduced for a variety of special interests.