Guest Columns

With festive turkey-based feasts fast approaching, and having just re-watched a classic Thanksgiving-themed Steve Martin video, I thought it appropriate that I share a few of the things for which I am thankful. I apologize if the list is too predictable and schmaltzy, but please bear with me.

Speaking in 1910, former two-term president Theodore Roosevelt offered some practical advice that Elizabeth Warren and today’s progressive Democrats would be wise to heed. Although they probably won’t.

It began with 25 candidates. It’s been reduced by half, yet concern persists among Democrats that the party should look beyond the still standing contenders and seek an individual capable of party unification and persuade him or her to enter the race.

In its season opener “Saturday Night Live” did a fine job of skewering political figures who dominated headlines during the show’s summer hiatus. The Trump stuff was funny, but even with new Ukrainian fodder it was routine. The Democratic parodies, however, were fresh and so spot-on that the…

WASHINGTON — We don’t yet know whether President Trump delayed some military aid to Ukraine as leverage to get Ukraine’s president to reopen an investigation into Hunter Biden. But if we are concerned about U.S. officials inappropriately threatening aid to Ukraine, then there are others who …

A question for this moment: If the Earth’s lungs were on fire and the doctor refused to treat it, would there be cause for a third-party intervention?

Andrew Luck, the superstar quarterback who just quit professional football at the tender age of 29, has received mixed reviews from the sports world. Colts fans booed him. And any number of sports writers see his decision to get out of football to avoid more injuries as tragedy combined with…

When I served on the Missouri Public Service Commission, my overriding priority was to ensure that Missouri residents didn’t experience power outages.

“Sometimes I worry that if I ever can retire and do get Social Security payments, they’ll be a lot less than what I’ve been promised,” I said to my CPA, Louie the Number Cruncher.

President Trump has warned China that it must respond “humanely” to the protests in Hong Kong if it wants a trade deal, for the first time suggesting that the United States would impose costs on Beijing if it launched a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown on the city. It’s about time. China is …

Our sixth-generation, family-owned company has been headquartered in Missouri for more than a century. We supply steel for bridges, buildings and pipelines. Our work has given us a close-up view of the challenges facing U.S. manufacturers due to subsidized imports. Lately, the only good news…

Amidst the latest bloodshed — the worst of it triggered by a white racist domestic terrorist whose El Paso manifesto echoes Trump’s racist rhetoric — I bet you’re jonesing for some good news. I’m happy to share what I have. Admittedly it isn’t much, but at this point we should probably be gr…

These “debates” are to serious policy discussions as a kazoo is to an orchestra. You can say a kazoo is an instrument, and you can say that these truncated thoughts are proposals, but you’ll invite smirks.

Missouri Western State University is a special place where students can learn, grow and acquire the tools necessary to succeed. As its new leader, now is a perfect time to talk about the university’s impact and the value of a four-year college degree.

WASHINGTON — Here we go again. President Trump appeared to renew his threat to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement if Democrats do not pass his new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. His threats may worry pro-trade Republicans, but they are music to the ears of anti-NAF…

WASHINGTON — Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon, and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O’Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O’Connor and his playmates tossed their ca…

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s detractors are trying to play down the significance of the U.S.-Mexico immigration deal, saying it is largely comprised of actions that Mexico already had agreed to many months ago.

Fifty years ago this summer, Charles Manson went on a killing spree that shocked the nation and was the ghoulish “gold standard” for heinous crimes. While some killers have been more prolific (like the Rev. Jim Jones) and some have been more photogenic (like Ted Bundy), and some have been mo…

WASHINGTON — The American people are sending a pretty clear message to Washington: They are sick and tired of the investigations into President Trump and don’t want Democrats in Congress to impeach him. But the Democrats aren’t listening.

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — A new United Nations report projecting the extinction of one-eighth of all animal and plant species should rattle the cages of any remaining skeptics regarding climate change and the central role humans have played in Earth’s accelerating destruction.

WASHINGTON — A man who worked in a boxer’s corner in a 1962 match against Cassius Clay, as he still was known, explained why the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round: “Things just went sour gradually all at once.” It can be like that when government dabbles in protectionism.

WASHINGTON — If Shakespeare had titled Attorney General William Barr’s appearance on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would have called it “Much Ado About Nothing.”

With heartbreak, we have watched our friends and neighbors across the states of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska suffer from the impacts of historic Missouri River flooding, caused by severe winter weather, which included the infamous “bomb cyclone” pattern, leaving behind record river stages, a …

The Trump administration is upping the ante in its war on undocumented immigrants with a new proposal to boot them from public housing — all in the name of helping “the most vulnerable” Americans.

My friend Jack Corrigan, one of the smartest politicos/lawyers I know, saw it right away. He called it “the key punch-pulling passage in the report.” It occurs on page two of volume two, where Robert Mueller says he and his team “determined not to apply an approach that could potentially res…

WASHINGTON — That Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., went on FOX News for a town hall Monday night was controversial among Democrats. As Sanders told hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, “Not everybody thought I should come on this show. Your network does not necessarily have great respect in my …

Joe Biden’s explanatory video in response to stories of his sometimes overly exuberant physicality was well-played. He seemed relaxed, sincere, unscripted and, above all, not supine.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the Missouri River through the Master Manual, a 432-page document that lays out eight congressionally authorized purposes: flood control, river navigation, hydroelectric power, irrigation, water supply, water quality, recreation, and fish and wildlife…


For years, World War II veterans would call this newsroom to voice concerns about a lack of Pearl Harbor commemoration coverage in the Dec. 7 edition.

Cyber Monday traces its roots to a time when Americans patiently labored with painfully slow dial-up service at home but enjoyed faster broadband access in the office. To avoid staring at an hourglass or a spinning wheel, consumers waited until the Monday after Thanksgiving to make online pu…

The Kansas City Chiefs still were known as the Dallas Texans when the team played its first game against the Oakland Raiders.

St. Joseph may never land an Amazon distribution center or a iPhone assembly facility.

It used to be that smaller meant safer. Residents of a one-stoplight town could leave doors unlocked with the security of knowing that crime is a problem relegated to larger urban areas.

Kansas City serves as sort of a big brother to St. Joseph. It’s a complex relationship of unequal status, with the smaller partner trying to gain value from proximity while still attempting to escape the bigger sibling’s stifling presence.

Those who believe America’s star is dimming should consider the reaction to the U.S. Senate vote this week in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters.

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The state of Missouri will need something stronger than a public awareness campaign if it really wants to reduce the rate of teen vaping.

An uphill climb gets a little tougher after the St. Joseph School District revealed that its two newest elementary schools are among those with inadequate HVAC systems.

For much of the year, retailers braced for the impact of tariffs and watched as online competitors continued to gain market share. The ratings firm Moody’s recently slashed its estimate for the retail industry’s performance.

We don’t have a problem with the sport of lacrosse. The main piece of equipment, a stick with a net on one end, seems to resemble something you could use to chase butterflies.

Today, Americans get their first chance to hear from witnesses in the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

St. Joseph is a generous community. That’s a statement of fact based on a history of support for the United Way and its partner agencies.

Tourists in Berlin can buy a little chunk of the concrete wall that once separated east from west during the Cold War.

The question comes to mind after word that Missouri Western State University is trimming 35 positions.

In just a few hours, ghosts, goblins and Disney princesses will hit the streets in an annual door-to-door quest for candy. It’s all in good fun, an experience that every child deserves.

America’s top envoy to Ukraine gave testimony last week that was described as explosive in the House impeachment hearings.

We trust that most Missourians would agree with the emerging political consensus to reduce the cost of incarceration. On the state and federal level, sentencing reform enjoys a rare level bipartisan support.

Buchanan County officials took their lumps eight years ago, when they attempted to pass a capital improvements tax extension without a sunset clause.

If you take away the Rocky Mountains, a St. Joseph visitor might feel right at home in Pueblo, Colorado.

A college campus should be a place of risk-taking and new ideas. That may be the case in the lecture hall or the research lab, but a more cautious outlook sometimes permeates the administrative offices.

With the general election just more than a year away, voters are starting to ask more practical questions of candidates.

The St. Joseph City Council breezed through a unanimous vote on indoor vaping Monday night with little discussion from elected officials or the public.

If you’ve ever searched the house for car keys or scoured a backyard for a missing wedding ring, the immensity of Robert Ballard’s task comes into focus.

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