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Op-Ed: How to Fight Missouri’s Opioid Crisis

Op-Ed: How to Fight Missouri’s Opioid Crisis

Op-Ed submitted on behalf of State Rep. Holly Rehder, a Republican from Sikeston who represents the 148th District. Addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin is a national crisis. It is now the leading cause of accidental death in America. Right here in Missouri, more than 1,000 of our friends and loved ones are dying every year


Safety is a Casualty of Funding Shortage

    Recently my wife and I, as many other parents do each August, took our 18- and 20-year-old daughters to college. For us, this year was a passage as we now find ourselves as “empty nesters.” In the future, they will be visitors rather than residents in the home we created for them. While


ESPN passes over ‘Courage’ for Caitlyn Jenner

  ESPN has selected Caitlyn Jenner as the winner of the 2015 Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. Jenner was named ahead of both Lauren Hill and Noah Galloway. But despite rumors to the contrary, ESPN states both Hill and Galloway were not considered as “runner-ups.” Which begs the question, if not “runner-up” and obviously not

Farmers' Market

Editorial Column: Farmers Get a Move On for GMOs

    By Kari Barbic When it comes to GMOs, there’s no shortage of misinformation. For too long, activists armed with non-scientific rhetoric have led the debate. With a rising number of companies like Chipotle trying to cash in on the fears surrounding GMOs, the facts get trampled by marketing campaigns. The real story on


View From the Chair: Don’t blame Washington, this one’s on us

This article is an editorial column from the Stephen R. Miller   I had the pleasure this week to host Greg Nadeau, deputy administrator for the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. He is the top official over the nation’s highway program. He came to Kansas City to talk about the importance of transportation