Guest Columns

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…

Growing up in Savannah, I learned that school districts are the backbone of our community. One of the most important issues facing our community is the lack of trust between the school district and the public. Now is the time to rebuild that trust.

When the patients started trickling in during the mid-1980s, I admit that I was afraid. I took every precaution that I could when treating my AIDS patients, but of course, I still treated them — it was my duty as a doctor. The medical community didn’t yet know what caused AIDS, much less how…

It is with humility, appreciation and gratitude that I write this column of thanks. My journey as a teacher and coach has truly been a blessing. I can honestly say that I never went to work a day in my life. I was blessed to live my passion! I was able to use a game that I truly love and uti…

When I was a starstruck youth, I watched more than my fair share of televised awards programs; but in my nearly 28 years of wedded bliss, such show-biz soirees have consumed only minuscule amounts of my time.

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!”

The 2018 elections were a wake-up call for many in the R epublican Party about our party’s decreased support among women voters, particularly in suburban areas. Nearly all of the 40 seats that Democrats captured in order to win the U.S. House majority were in suburban districts, and a terrib…

Recently, in a News-Press Ping Poll the question was asked, “Should more resources be used to treat mental health in the St. Joseph Community?” A resounding 86 percent said, yes. They are right.

When I was a tyke, I always freaked out over the possible presence of “cat hairs and goims.” (Why a Tennessee farmboy pronounced “germs” like a hooligan in a 1930s movie set in Brooklyn, I’ll never know.)

Recently, editorialists of the News-Press authored an opinion piece entitled, “Remain cautious on Medicaid expansion.” The editorial concluded by opining that Medicaid expansion will cost too much and that all our legislators need to do is to make our state’s Medicaid system more efficient, …

As the mayor of Weston, Missouri, I believe in small, conservative government so my constituents can lead their lives freely in our beautiful town. The Missouri General Assembly is full of people who also claim to be small-government conservatives, but they sure like to tell us what to do.

History will record that Eric Greitens announced the end of his governorship in the grand ceremonial office on the second floor of the Missouri Capitol on Tuesday afternoon.

May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month. At Family Guidance Center, we want to shine a light on mental health all year long.

I recently got a call from a major donor in Missouri politics about a controversial bill that was before the General Assembly in Jefferson City. Sixty percent of my constituents who had contacted me asked me to vote against the bill. This donor found out, and he offered me $35,000 to vote “y…

WASHINGTON, D.C. — I am a proud native of St. Joseph, but for my entire adult life I have lived in Washington, D.C. I span two worlds, with one foot planted in the Midwest of my youth, and another on the East Coast where I work and raise my family.

For those of us living or farming near a river, the threat of flooding always is in the back of our minds. We do our best to prepare for floods and expect the federal government to do the same.

Seat belts save lives. It’s a proven fact, but they must be worn properly. Current law in Missouri requires everyone in the front seat of a passenger vehicle to wear a seat belt.

The recent emphasis by the St. Joseph School District to promote better attendance is laudable. I am pleased to see the improved attendance resulting from the Strive for 5 program.

Timothy Vaughn dutifully cheered the University of Missouri for a decade, sitting in the stands with his swag, two hot dogs and a Diet Coke. He estimates he attended between 60 and 85 athletic events every year — football and basketball games and even tennis matches and gymnastics meets. But…


If you could catch a glimpse of any wild animal, a bottom-feeder in the depths of a muddy river wouldn’t bring as much cachet as an eagle soaring in the sky or a wolf moving mysteriously through rugged woodlands.

It shouldn’t have taken this long, but Conception Abbey made the right decision to bring in independent investigators and release the names of priests who faced credible allegations of sexual abuse.

Members of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission got a closer look at the condition of Northwest Missouri’s roads and bridges this week, during a regular meeting held in Maryville, Missouri.

Next time you’re squeezing the life out of the steering wheel while passing a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70, entertain this thought.

They used to say what was good for GM was good for America. It was an oversimplification, to be sure, but the statement suggests it was possible to find agreement on polices that benefit a wide swath of workers and businesses.

At some point, St. Joseph’s double-decker bridge went from being an engineering marvel to an eyesore.

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In establishing the right to a free public education, the Missouri Constitution deems knowledge “essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people.”

On its website, the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides a map showing 11 states with levels of “food insecurity” that exceed the national average.

Anyone listening to last week’s speech from Missouri Western State University’s new president was likely to be disappointed.

Looking out at the sea of red in this city, an NFL executive would be tempted to satisfy the fan enthusiasm — you might call it a frenzy in St. Joseph — with as many games as possible.

Those on the front lines of the opioid epidemic received a modicum of good news when the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention released preliminary data on drug overdoses in 2018.

Based in Florida, Inner Circle Investments plans multi-million dollar upgrades to hotels in places like Appleton, Wisconsin, and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Those Northwest Missouri residents who suffered from historic flooding in 2019 know all too well about the unstoppable force of water, how it will go where it wants, when it wants.

Those who are uninterested in digesting the Congressional Budget Office’s 52-page analysis of a proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage might want to take the easy way out and head to your local fast food restaurant.

Americans must have felt they were waking up to a new world on July 21, 1969. The day after Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the lunar surface, the future of space exploration seemed bright, with new worlds to explore in the vastness out there.

Long before child welfare hotlines and Amber Alerts, children could count on a safe refuge at the Home for Little Wanderers in St. Joseph.

Freshmen congresswomen known as “the squad” promote some ill-advised ideas, from the Green New Deal to the elimination of private insurance to reparations for a horrible wrong that occurred more than 150 years ago.

In a classic scene from “The Shawshank Redemption,” an inmate escapes from a notorious prison through a sewage pipe.

The two library systems that serve St. Joseph experienced a bitter divorce in 2001. We may as well get that out there.

A few years back, home-improvement shows were devoted to stories of people trying to reduce clutter in their lives.

The inscription on the front of City Hall declares that the building is intended “for civic uses.”

If John Adams had his way, we would be back at work today following cookouts, fireworks and tributes to our nation’s independence earlier in the week.

It’s hard to believe most fireworks are illegal inside the St. Joseph city limits.

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