Year after year, we see politicians in Congress make promises about what they can do for constituents like me. And year after year, the progress is usually less than we hoped for.

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

Online Poll

Have you turned on the air conditioning in your home yet?

You voted:

Joplin will always have a special place in the heart of AmeriCorps. Even in its bleakest moments, the city opened its doors to our members and thousands of volunteers, welcoming them with open arms. While this made the hard work a little easier, it is the miracle of the human spirit that car…

I have been studying the truly head-spinning debate over Medicaid expansion in Missouri. I’m looking here at Jeremy Cady’s column (Globe, May 1) as well as Phill Brooks’ column (Globe, April 19). These guys are on different planets. The numbers they quote aren’t at all the same. Cady, along …

A few days ago there was a fender bender on the parking lot of the post office at 32nd street. This parking lot has always been a demolition derby waiting to happen since the old grocery store was converted to the post office. Then there is the post office perched on the hill at First and Ma…

President Joe Biden is traveling the country to sell his American Rescue Plan. Even before it was released, naysayers were dismissing it as too expensive (the same detractors who enthusiastically signed off on $2 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy in 2017). But the right question is not "H…

President Joe Biden’s proposal to upgrade our nation’s infrastructure, the American Jobs Plan, has a strong climate focus. It aims to make our infrastructure more resilient to climate impacts and includes initiatives to reduce emissions in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Although I detest the thought of Medicaid expansion in the state of Missouri due to the fact that it will lead to fiscal ruin as the burden shifts away from the federal government to the state in the coming years, I must agree with James Gann (Globe, April 23).

In a column about the Grain Belt Express (Globe, April 17), state Sen. Bill White, R-Joplin, wrote that “some in Jefferson City seem to believe that lawmakers should insert themselves in this process in order to pick winners and losers, an action that would be abhorrent to conservatives like me.”

The trial of the century has come to a close with accountability and a first step toward justice, to paraphrase Minnesota’s attorney general. Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts after 10 hours of jury deliberation. In a rare move, 17 of the 45 witnesses for the prosecution wer…

With Earth Day today, we have reduced our carbon footprint by curtailing travel and lowering our thermostat. We recycle. But we can do so much more by cutting our consumption of animal meat and milk products. Yes, that.

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…

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.

OATS Transit is closely watching proposed state legislation that, if passed, would allow concealed-carry permit holders to lawfully bring firearms on public transportation. It raises serious concerns not only for the safety on our buses but also our funding as a private, nonprofit transporta…

I would like to invite residents of Jasper County and the surrounding area to participate in Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month throughout March. This national observance offers a chance to learn more about the value of the disability experience and the vital contributions people wit…

First, I want to say I like our state Sen. Bill White, R-Joplin, and I have voted for him each time he has run for office. But I cannot support his minutemen bill. There are no provisions for training — even gun safety training. Although chances of being called up are, as I was told by his a…

It seems that the latest idea from the woke people is that Dr. Seuss was a racist and that some of his books should be banned. As a retired elementary school librarian, I know this to be hogwash.

I cannot overstate my admiration for Sen. Roy Blunt. He has been my friend for many decades, and he is a sterling example of political leadership at its best. For Roy, public service has never been about himself, let alone about anger and confrontation.

I watched portions of the Conservative Political Action Conference rally held Feb. 26-28. I call it a rally because it did not produce a useable platform that could be construed as a guide for Republicans going forward.

I think it is unfortunate that Joplin's mask mandate was allowed to expire. Cases are down, but we do not know what the impact will be with the new variants that are moving in our direction. The new variants are more contagious and more deadly. We do not if they will be more easily transmitt…

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced changes to the state's COVID-19 vaccination schedule on Thursday, Feb. 25. These changes in the vaccine plan will allow teachers and school staff who are part of Missouri vaccine priority Phase 1B, Tier 3, along with other essential workers, to begin recei…

The pernicious armies of voter suppression are marching on. Republicans in some 25 states have proposed more than 160 bills and counting to disenfranchise thousands of voters they perceive as possibly voting Democratic. This is the action of a party seemingly bereft of positive ideas, unwill…

The article “COVID-19 shots might be tweaked if variants get worse” (Globe, Feb. 15) shows how seriously experts take the threat of virus mutations. Variants from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil revealed how connected we are to the rest of the world.

The American political system is broken. With the acquittal of former social media influencer President Donald Trump, it shows that the divide between the two political parties is more important than doing what is right. A mob tried to overthrow the U.S. government and our “leaders” from Mis…

As our state government begins work in a tumultuous new year, I am shocked that they are spending so much time and energy trying to divert funds away from our public schools toward charter, private and virtual schools. These schools are not held to the same standards or transparency as our p…

I have repeatedly telephoned my U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, to ask if they intend to hold former President Donald Trump accountable for his role in the post-election insurrection and attempt to pressure Georgia election officials to change election results. Both have indicated…

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

"