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I’ve often been a critic of Planned Parenthood, because I believe that despite its arguments to the contrary, the organization is primarily a political tool for the abortion industry. Those who support Planned Parenthood are quick with the statistics about how they provide counseling, genera…

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…

Missouri shares a border with eight other U.S. states and no foreign countries, but our economic well-being is intricately tied to foreign trade and robust engagement with the world.

Given the uproar over Ivanka Trump’s sitting in for her father at the “adult’s table” at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this summer I’ve been thinking about why it is that we seem so eager to cry “nepotism” where family enterprise is concerned.

We recently enjoyed a vacation to the Northwestern states, where we visited many towns and cities and had the privilege of driving through both business and residential areas that clearly had respect and pride for their communities.

There have been several recent news stories about a study from the Pew Research Center that found a partisan divide regarding the perceived value of colleges and universities. As the executive director of the association of the 15 presidents and chancellors of Missouri’s public universities,…


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.

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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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Anyone who wonders why there’s an anti-Washington “drain-the-swamp” mentality needs to look no further than the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

St. Joseph’s citizens and community leaders have a tendency to bemoan the lack of growth in this city, compared to other areas in the state and country.

Opponents of urban trails present a false choice in depicting the issue as one that forces a decision between trail expansion, school sidewalks or some other infrastructure upgrade.

People often say they support immigration with the qualification that “they need to do it the right way, like my family did.”

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News coverage took on a sneering tone when President Trump pinned the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — on conservative economist Arthur Laffer.

Advocates of free trade and the Second Amendment face similar hurdles in the court of public opinion.

Following a rainy spring, last weekend’s glorious weather provided a perfect opportunity to fire up the grill, jump in the pool or just hang out in the backyard.

You can’t blame corrections officers for displaying healthy skepticism about the pay boost provided to these law enforcement professionals who serve in the state prison system.

Somewhere beneath a happy surface of cat photos, selfies and TikTok, danger lurks in the soft underbelly of our interconnected world.

It’s easy to sympathize with a show-no-quarter response to homelessness in St. Joseph. Just give them a one-way bus ticket out of town and let the problem show up on someone else’s doorstep.

In landing two U.S. Department of Agriculture facilities, Missouri and Kansas lawmakers didn’t just prevail over their counterparts in North Carolina and Indiana.

The idea for a Buchanan County Agri-Business Expo Center began as more of a fairgrounds project. This brings up pleasant images of rabbit shows and pie booths in rural settings across the Midwest.

St. Joseph’s form of city government works best when a certain tension exists between the elected council and the appointed manager.

Farmers scored a victory last week with new Environmental Protection Agency rules that allow year-round use of gasoline blends that contain 15 percent ethanol.

Looking ahead to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, it’s striking how often people reflect on that era with a sense of nostalgia.

Congratulations are in order to Christin Wilson, Zachry Hanlan, Hayley Kruse, Hunter Madison, Alexanaka Nabors and Jakob Palmer.

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