What will it take to get bureaucrats and officials to obey the law by treating public records as the public property they are? And when will they stop spending our money in an effort to thwart access to the documents for which they are accountable?
When I read about the senseless killing of Daunte Wright by a Minnesota police officer, I thought of my friends Isaac Cudjoe and Kevin Isabelle-Peete. Several years ago, while living and working in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., they got pulled over for a phony traffic violation. …
On April 2, CBS News reported survey results showing that 50% of Americans favored Congressional efforts to make voting for all more accessible. This was in reference to U.S. House Bill 1. The 30% who opposed were labeled "hard-core Republicans."
I wish that I did not believe the arrogance of the Missouri Legislature in general, and the Republican majority in particular, but I am seeing it. They do not seem to believe in elections unless their candidate or proposal wins.
There are very few things that are more important to ensure the survival and health of a representative republic than free and open elections and the public confidence they inspire.
Definitions vary, but in general, “political culture” means a composite sketch of the political attitudes, the values of society and how they relate to the political system and and how people identify themselves politically. Like drawing a human blood sample, this is how political scientists…
If it is spring in Missouri, it must be close to the end of the legislative session, and state legislators are once again embarking on a gambling binge. Sometimes the gambling involves human health, safety, welfare, environmental quality and money.
For the better part of the last century Missouri law has been very consistent about what needs to happen for a large-scale energy infrastructure project to get approved in the Show-Me State. It’s a grueling process through the Missouri Public Service Commission, but it’s fair. Unfortunately,…
As a child, I was taught to respect authority figures. As it was explained to me, clergy, teachers, police officers and others help shape and maintain a just society.
Congratulations to the Joplin School District for a successful start to its latest project, the construction of the new Dover Hill Elementary School.
Many of us find it incomprehensible that our current administration would make it clear during the election that immigrants could enter our country illegally without fear of consequences for breaking our existing laws and were in fact encouraged to do so. To seem surprised at what is current…
It would be a mistake for Democrats to proceed with any effort that could change the size of the U.S. Supreme Court or limit the terms of its justices.
If Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ever sets up a presidential exploratory committee, it should have to disclose an enormous in-kind contribution from CBS News.
President Joe Biden made public his first slate of nominees for current vacancies on the federal courts. It was the most diverse set of nominees any president has ever sent to the Senate. It was easy to miss the story between the pandemic, the vaccine and worries about family, money and the …
According to a recent NPR poll, 1 in 4 Americans said they would refuse the coronavirus vaccines and another 5% are undecided. That could represent a large enough reservoir of hosts from which this virus can replicate and, more important, mutate, putting all of us at risk again.
Ideas that seem really good can turn out to be just the opposite over time; the Bradford pear tree and related cultivars are a solid example of that sad fact.
The “Help is Here” tour showcases the third round of national stimulus legislation, and according to Vice President Kamala Harris, the purpose is to “avoid a situation where people are unaware of what they’re entitled to.”
Whichever side you take on the climate change debate — that it is man-made or earth cycles or some combination — the polar vortex Texas and we in Missouri suffered through in February points up the danger of reliance on any one form of energy and the overreliance on electricity.
This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an initiative now 20 years old that aims to end sexual violence such as sexual assault, rape and sexual harassment.
The downtown landscape of Joplin is changing. Evolving, really. A renewed sense of culture, community and urban development is taking root in this midsize Southwest Missouri city.
On March 29, in a single six-hour period, NATO launched 10 air intercepts to shadow six separate groups of Russian bombers and fighters over the Arctic, North Atlantic, North Sea, Black Sea and Baltic Sea.
The Missouri House of Representatives has earned a round of applause, having recently approved a $76 million increase for foster children and for adoptions.
A couple of years ago, I gave a speech before a conservative, predominantly white audience. I couldn’t help but notice a tall, heavyset Black man, arms folded, standing in the back. From time to time, I would look at him, only to see him frown and shake his head, I assumed disapprovingly, wh…
President Joe Biden is embarking on the biggest government initiative in more than a half-century, “unlike anything we have seen or done since we built the interstate highway system and the space race decades go,” he says.
Crime is always a hot topic, but one type of crime seems to draw less serious attention than it deserves — crime involving violations of the public trust.
In early March, President Joe Biden met with a group of seven historians in the East Room of the White House. One topic of conversation: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. “He’d like to be [FDR],” Axios’ Mike Allen reported in an inside account of the meeting. “Biden’s presidency ha…
On July 18, 1938, a 9-year-old Curtiss Robin landed at Baldonnel Aerodrome, County Dublin, Ireland. The pilot emerged from his plane and is reported as saying, “Just got in from New York, where am I?”
While trying to adapt to five days a week actual paper copy and two days online, it was interesting to see that you’re keeping the same format but changing the days.
I recently read an article in The Joplin Globe in which State Sen. Bill White. R-Joplin, wants to form an armed militia in Missouri similar to the one they are attempting in South Carolina.
This Week's Circulars
NEOSHO, MO - Lesley Odell Bond, 89, owner and operator of Bond Enterprises, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021. Services10 a.m. Monday, Clark Funeral Home. Visitation 3 -4 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
JOPLIN, MO - Kenneth W. Turner Jr., 58, a diesel mechanic, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021. A celebration of life will be at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory, Joplin.
- New playground first of its kind in Joplin
- Silver Dollar City launches new outdoor festival
- Buerge qualifies for Olympic trials
- Larry Elder: No evidence of anti-Black systemic racism
- Ceremony marks opening of Casey's distribution center
- Hundreds of people attend revival of Joplin’s Third Thursday
- Jo Mueller, local arts hero, dies
- Harryman finds a niche throwing underneath for Joplin
- Missouri House redirects money meant for Medicaid expansion
- Missouri halts administration of Johnson & Johnson vaccine