Despite political rhetoric this year, the gravest, most immediate threat to the United States remains unchanged since sometime in the mid-1950s. It is the threat of the use of nuclear weapons against the American homeland. Such an event could happen tomorrow, not decades from now.

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Having spent my childhood in Milwaukee, then Kansas, we were Packers and Chiefs fans at our house when I was growing up. But I still remember watching the Dolphins during that perfect 1972 season. I’d lay there, stretched out on the living room floor, chin in my hands, staring at the television.

WASHINGTON — In a trade war, as in a real one, people are wounded by friendly fire from their side. Consider some casualties in Donald Trump's "easy to win" — his promise — trade war. Begin with the company whose green machines bear the name of the blacksmith who, in the 1830s in Grand Detou…

I had high hopes for Wikipedia. Having grown up with the Encyclopedia Britannica, I knew that its articles combined a fulsome array of factoids — at least, those accepted in the historical moment in which its entries were written — with a literary flair that gave the reader a three-dimension…

America is in danger, and it is time to demand action by those who are failing to safeguard our elections. Congress, state officials and voting machine vendors are derelict in their duty to protect our democracy.

Given its surplus of violence and scarcity of resources, Chicago surely has bigger things to worry about than the menace, as the city sees it, of Laura Pekarik's cupcakes. Herewith redundant evidence of regulatory government's unsleeping solicitousness for the strong.

Like every other right-thinking person, I begin every vacation with an earnest resolution to unplug from the internet: no Twitter, no Facebook, only occasional peeks at email. We spend too much of our lives overwhelmed by information; summer getaways give us a chance to take a breath.

In response to my letter about the need for gun legislation after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, sent a form response that read, "It is important that we have a serious national discussion about preventing these senseless acts of violence."

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign was locked out of Twitter last week because it wouldn't remove one “offensive video." The video shows the words and actions of protesters outside of McConnell’s home earlier that week. The hash tag of those protesters is “#MassacreMitch,” which has not be…

WELLS, Maine — With almost no attention, and surely no grand commemoration, Maine this summer marked an important American anniversary that, despite its unheralded nature, provided one of the more vital and less well-known turning points in the nation’s history.

In 2002, a friend’s 8-year-old daughter, Brianna Caddell, while sleeping in her bed, was fatally shot with an AK-47 assault rifle. The shooter, a drug dealer who had a beef with another drug dealer, fired on the wrong house in Detroit, spraying it with two dozen rounds.

WASHINGTON — Regimes, however intellectually disreputable, rarely are unable to attract intellectuals eager to rationalize the regimes’ behavior. America’s current administration has “national conservatives.” They advocate unprecedented expansion of government in order to purge America of ex…

County commissioners in the rural American West possess the daunting authority of Afghan warlords, it’s been said. They wield their power by demanding federal agencies do their bidding in the vast expanse of public lands in which the counties are embedded. Too often, they have their way.

Joplin's Emancipation Celebration Committee last weekend put on another successful Emancipation Park Days, the three-day festival in Ewert Park that coincides with the anniversary of the August date when slaves in Missouri gained freedom after the Civil War.

Seeking a ratings extravaganza, the same cable news networks that televised Donald Trump's airport arrivals during the 2016 campaign as if he were the pope or the Rolling Stones are currently presenting another kind of "reality" TV: the 2020 Democratic presidential debates.

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Obituaries

Sharon L. Fleury, 73, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019, in New Hampshire. She was a retired real estate appraiser. Sharon is survived by brother, Robert Freese, of New Hampshire; and daughter, Angela Lombard, of Joplin, MO. No local services are planned. In loving memory of Sharon L. Fl…

MERIDEN, KS - Kathy Kime Robins, 60, a homemaker, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019. A celebration of her life will be held at later date. Arrangements under the direction of Kansas City Cremation Center, Shawnee Mission

CARTHAGE, MO - Virginia I. Castor, 86, a former Walmart employee, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2019. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage.