“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…
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.
My bill-paying, keep-the-banker happy job is for a foreign-owned corporation. Well, not really foreign — Canadian. Emails in two languages aside, I must admit my corporate parent at times is more American than many U.S. companies these days.
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.
If you live in non-metro or rural America, you’ve been left behind by the economic boom cycle that came after the Great Recession. You also endured a more severe recession than people who live in bigger cities.
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…
It seems to be a tale as old as time at this point — higher education funding is suffering in Missouri and across the nation.
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.
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook says he’ll run political ads even if they are false. Jack Dorsey of Twitter says he’ll stop running political ads altogether.
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…
It's Election Day once again, and while this November election is likely to be quieter than, say, the election scheduled a year from now, there are plenty of local issues on today's ballot that require your attention.
There's no doubt Democrats in Washington are hell-bent on impeaching President Donald Trump over the Ukraine matter. But after weeks of polling, it is still unclear precisely what Americans outside the Beltway think.
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.
What are the roots of our present disorder, of the hostilities and hatreds that so divide us? When did we become this Us vs. Them nation?
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 ever wished you could see a real, live dinosaur? The Neosho National Fish Hatchery has living, breathing dinosaurs swimming in their fish tank inside the visitor center. The pallid sturgeon, among the rarest fish in the world, has remained unchanged for 65 million years.
Sunday morning, President Donald Trump announced that the world’s worst terrorist, the head of the Islamic State caliphate who had raped an American woman, had received justice.
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?
When Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences announced in June that it would bring a new College of Dental Medicine to Joplin to join its College of Osteopathic Medicine, the community responded with excitement.
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…
In the conventional view of American politics, Joe Biden is a moderate, while Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are on the left, and Donald Trump is on the right.
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.
Nobody likes taxes. We all believe we pay too much in sales tax, property tax, income tax, payroll tax, gas tax and the myriad other fees we pay to the nameless, faceless bureaucracy.
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.
This Week's Circulars
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.
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- After surviving several rounds, Joplin Sears store targeted for closure
- East Newton finally receives good fortune
- Proposed roundabout to be first in state with signals
- LIVE UPDATES: Carthage, Webb City, Joplin continue hunts for district wins
- 73-year-old pedestrian hit, killed by car in Pittsburg
- Joplin rallies to beat Kirkwood 69-48 in district semifinals
- Joplin Health Department food inspections (Nov. 4)
- Joplin's Westmoreland commits to Southern Illinois
- Logue siblings win cross country titles on same day