Congress has approved emergency humanitarian aid to care for migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. The need is obvious. With virtually no barrier to stop them, thousands of migrants are crossing illegally into the United States every day. More than a million will come this year. U.S. law preve…

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Monday's signing of a measure that gives Joplin more time to create a museum and cultural arts district downtown is an critical opening for the city and the region.

WASHINGTON — The doctrine that court precedents should have momentum for respect — the predictability of settled law gives citizens due notice of what is required or proscribed — is called stare decisis. This Latin translates as: "To stand by things decided." The translation is not: "If a pr…

True, polls have limited value at this stage of a presidential campaign. Yes, Democrats are far from choosing their nominee to oppose President Donald Trump. Of course, a great deal can change between now and election day.

There was some good news and bad news in the latest community health assessment prepared by members of the Ozark Health Commission's Joplin region.

It’s in vogue to catastrophize about the state of retirement savings in the United States. Pundits and academics alike often cite average 401(k) account balances from surveys as evidence that the United States is facing a looming retirement savings crisis. Some even go even further and claim…

We think the Missouri Public Service Commission made the right call last week when it agreed to allow Liberty Utilities-Empire District to begin work on a 600-megawatt wind project in the region.

A campaign with an early start and a multitude of contestants heads into high gear this week with a complicated set of debates. And while the contenders struggled mightily to qualify for these events, they will struggle even more to make their voices and their views clear in sessions with ni…

WASHINGTON — That the Democrats' two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called "debates" validates Finley Peter Dunne's prediction that "when we Americans are through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical comedy." Already a linguistic…

Seventy-five years ago this week, Allied forces were barely off the beaches of Normandy and fighting hedgerow to hedgerow against the German defenders of occupied France. The battle for Carentan had just been won, but the battle for the critical channel port of Cherbourg was still to be fought.

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The Constitution properly gives Congress complete and exclusive power to set tariffs and to regulate commerce with foreign nations.

Why haven't efforts to impeach President Donald Trump gained Watergate-style momentum? The lack of energy has created a sense of bafflement and disappointment among some of the president's most determined adversaries. But there are some simple reasons for it. Here are three:

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With all that’s going on around us, let’s take a few minutes to recognize this area where helping others still seems to matter and where there are plenty of willing hands.

Well it’s final: the results are in, and those of us older than 50 who watch more than 3.5 hours of TV a day show twice the decline in verbal memory over six years. A recently released study, in Britain’s Scientific Reports, looks at nearly 3,600 adults and confirms it.

Even as children are dying at the U.S.-Mexico border, congressional Democrats are hiding from a bill to resupply devoured resources to relieve the misery of thousands of immigrants, and what we have is proof of something important. Democrats can be inhumane, uncaring and a national disgrace.

Is there any doubt that many Democrats agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she says she wants to see President Donal Trump “in prison”? After the Mueller report, House Democrats seem to believe almost unanimously that the president is guilty of obstruction of justice. Their increasing…

Can you have too much of a good thing? When it comes to kittens and puppies, the answer is definitely.

Donald Trump has been ramping up his Deep State rhetoric again. He's back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats and "enemies of the people" in the mainstream media for conspiring to remove him from office in order to allow the denizens of foreign "s***holes" to ove…

In early 2017, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick opened the legislative session by prioritizing a measure that would have required people in Texas to use the bathroom of their biological sex in public schools and state and local government facilities.

One in three women will experience a sexual assault or domestic violence at some point in their lives, but more than half of victims who come forward say that no one helped them.

Because the dead don’t leave forwarding addresses, Dad, I’m not sure where to send this, but I’m writing anyway in celebration of Father’s Day. I’m once again proving your point: I’m relentless if I’m determined to make it happen.

My first column after the 2018 midterms extolled on the dangerous shift to the far left and what it meant to our republic. To which I played on The Washington Post’s “Democracy Dies in Darkness” with “In the aftermath of the midterm elections, a more timely slogan could be: The republic dies…

Jon Stewart’s impassioned plea this past week to the House Judiciary Committee calling for permanent legislation to fund the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund surely touched hearts across America.

WASHINGTON — “It is a great advantage to a president,” said the 30th of them, “and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today’s incumbent advertises himself as an “extremely stable genius” a…

Elizabeth Warren wants to put CEOs in prison even when they have not committed a crime, and here is a kick in the face of half of what we stand for, although a matter of minute media concern. Reporters, of course, may get more interested if she decides they should be incarcerated for innocence.

Enshrined in our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the U.S. flag is an essential element in many patriotic celebrations, but today, we honor Old Glory itself.

One of the more unfortunate effects of the Trump-Russia investigation — and there have been many — is the weakening of traditional standards of argument and proof in the public debate over allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 election. (Just for the recor…

This Week's Circulars


CARTHAGE, MO - Samantha Lyn Harr, 34, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2019. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Carthage. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

NEOSHO, MO - Max E. Chester, 86, a former Milnot Company employee, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, at Swars Prairie Baptist Church, Seneca, MO.

NEOSHO, MO - Lois Ann Schafer, 80 a clinical psychologist, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019. Memorial visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Medicalodges Neosho.