To contain COVID, it’s wants vs. needs

    “I just want to get back to normal.” People say it all the time. It’s an appropriate feeling, but these are far from normal times. If we want to get back to normal, we must all look at our “wants” versus our “needs.”

Continuing to stay socially connected while physically distanced

By Graham A. Colditz, Siteman Cancer Center
    If you feel that time has been moving at a different pace during the coronavirus pandemic, it seems you’re not alone. A study published last month in the journal PLOS ONE found that most respondents to a questionnaire reported experiencing a distorted sense of time during lockdown. For some, days and weeks seemed to pass more quickly than normal. For others, more slowly.

The responsibility of all journalists

By Phill Brooks
    As an emeritus faculty member of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, I feel compelled to offer some thoughts about the recent controversy involving the tweets by two school newsroom reporters and the university president's response. I suspect none of them will be pleased by what I write.

America needs more meat processing options

By Eric Bohl
    “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” This saying goes at least as far back as Don Quixote, written in 1615, and is probably much older. While the proverb's wisdom is obvious to anyone who has spent much time in a barnyard, some of the people who should understand it best have strayed much too far from its warning.

Tale of two hospitals shows impact of Medicaid expansion

By Paul Taylor
    Consider this a tale of two hospitals.
    Four years ago, our health system was forced to shut down Ozark Community Hospital in Springfield. Two hundred employees lost their jobs, and a corner of the city lost its access to both primary and emergency care. We’ve since closed three other clinics in Missouri.