“I … do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of t…

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U.S. Rep. Katie Hill didn’t have to resign, but she did. She had not been found guilty of sexual impropriety, although the House Ethics Committee had launched a formal investigation into whether the married California representative had engaged in an affair with a congressional staffer.

In August 1966, my life changed. It went from heaven to hell overnight. At the age of 19, I was transported to Vietnam, where I witnessed countless U.S. Marines wounded and killed. My happy world was shattered and forever changed. To live with fear daily and to have no hope for the future wa…

Yogi Berra once famously gave this puzzling advice to a college graduating class, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” The quip became lore, along with other Yogi-isms attributed to the legendary baseball player.

It never ceases to amaze us, the dedication and skill of young men and women on display every fall, culminating in bids for state this time of year in volleyball, soccer, football, cross country and more.

With the election a year away, Democrats have a lot to cheer about. The latest Washington Post/ABC poll shows Joe Biden trouncing Donald Trump by a staggering 17% among all voters. Three other contenders for the chance to oppose the president — Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Butti…

Empty Bowls fills hungry bellies in the Joplin area and worldwide; if you care about the problem of hunger, consider participating in one of two of these fundraisers to feed the hungry in our area.

Thirty years ago, I got the chance to interview Mort Walker about his experiences at Neosho's Camp Crowder during World War II, and how they shaped the comic strip he would soon start writing, "Beetle Bailey."

Twelfth-century churches and 15th-century chapels and chateaus are very impressive, but my wife and I saw many ordinary things — some little things and some big things — that really impressed us on our recent visit to Europe.

If there's one thing Americans understand, it's TV cop shows. So here's the deal: Donald J. Trump isn't on trial; he's under investigation. And the first thing that happens during any serious probe is that detectives question witnesses separately so they can't cook their testimony.

If there’s one thing that elite opinion tends to agree about on the left and the right, it’s that nationalism is a bad thing. If anything, this view has become even more entrenched as nationalism has demonstrated its potency in recent years, from the election of Donald Trump to Britain’s vot…

Remember the name Ed Stack. As the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, a chain of 727 stores nationwide, he has shown more leadership in trying to solve the nation’s gun violence problem than all the politicians in Washington combined. Stack, 65, isn’t just talking the talk, he’s walking the walk …

I was in the ballpark with three grandsons for Game 5 of the World Series when President Donald Trump's presence was announced on the scoreboard. The cascade of boos was immediate, heartfelt and very loud.

Joplin City Council members and Joplin city officials responsibly executed their public offices in the recent 6-2 vote to deny tax increment financing for the Boomtown Central Shopping District on 32nd Street east of Range Line. The City Council TIF decision was not anti-business, as some ha…

Never before in my more than four decades of following American politics have I heard “the Constitution” and “our Founding Fathers” roll off the tongues of Democratic politicians more than I have this past week as their “Impeachment Special” train rolled full speed down its one-way track.

Have you heard that Facebook’s new “News” feature is going to include Breitbart, right alongside (with an emphasis on “right”) news sources such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal?

One is profane, the other devout. One is unpredictable, the other thoroughly predictable. One is an outsider, the other an insider. One flouts family values, the other flaunts them. One is deliberately unconventional, the other studiously conventional. Both won a New Hampshire primary. But o…

I have always believed that Joplin has a strong community spirit. We are a people willing to offer help whenever a need arises. Joplin police and firefighters make that spirit a profession. The men and women of those services spend each workday ensuring this community is a safe community.

Missouri lawmakers should comply with the Sunshine Law. They should have been following the law all along, but had insisted they were exempt from it. Voters added the Clean Missouri amendment to the Missouri Constitution to make it clear state lawmakers must adhere to it.

Tuesday is an important day for voters and residents living in Joplin. On Tuesday, voters will decide on the future stability and direction of police and fire protection. Proposition B is a one-half cent sales tax for a period of not more than 12 years that can only be used for the police an…

We urge upper Shoal Creek landowners to attend a meeting tonight to learn about a grant program to restore and improve Shoal Creek in parts of Barry and Newton counties.

It was a bad week for retail in the United States. I haven’t looked up statistics, but I am The Generic Consumer, and I can tell you that America is failing Retail 101 and is on the verge of flunking Customer Service unless it can get the notes from somebody who’s been paying attention.

Residents of Joplin should vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to approve Proposition B to increase the city sales tax by a half-cent to bail out the city’s chronically underfunded pension plan.

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JOPLIN, MO - Janice Weakley, 74, an optician, passed away Friday, November 1, 2019. She was born November 30, 1944. She is survived by her children, Michael Adrian, Natalie Nelson and Brian Adrian; four grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Rober…

James "Jim" Arthur DeLano, of Baxter Springs, KS, previously from Miami, OK, passed from this life on November 5, 2019 at his home, he was 72. Jim was born on April 22, 1947, to James Albert and Phyllis Louise (Myers) DeLano, in Wichita, KS. He graduated from Wichita East High School. He was…

JOPLIN, MO - Nancy Lee Arnall, 83, a homemaker, passed away Friday, November 8, 2019. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby, MO.