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Letter: Not a mother by birth, but one who shaped a life

With Mother’s Day Sunday, I found it to be the perfect opportunity to spotlight a woman within this community who defines what true motherly love is all about. Suzanne Mansell…

Guest Opinion: $800 million tax plan will undermine state’s economy

By Amy Blouin Executive Director The Missouri Budget Project Despite clear messages from their constituents last summer, the Missouri House has once again pushed through another irresponsible, nearly $800 million…

Letter: Time to reform Medicaid, not just ‘put lipstick on a special-interest pig’

To the Editor: As this year’s Missouri legislative session approaches its end, one of the biggest issues before our representatives is whether they will reform the state’s broken Medicaid program,…

Letter: Adding details to Order #11, Bingham art

To the Editor: As a scholar who studies the art of George Caleb Bingham I very much enjoyed reading the lively article on the painting “Gen. Order No. 11” that…

Letter: Something ails you? There’s a pill for that

The pharmaceutical industry is a multi-million-dollar monster. Everyone’s response to a problem is to seek out the quick fix; let’s pop a pill and make it all better, or at…

Rabbit Tracks: For now, hunt morels the old-fashioned way

When my son and daughter were teenagers, we had a ritual that we went through every three or four months.  While their mother was at work, we would take all…

Letter: School board: Why not let parents, law enforcement monitor drug use?

Dear Editor Let me see if I’ve got this straight: An unnamed “Springfield-based company” approaches Richmond High School officials and tries to sell them a drug-testing program. There was no…

Rabbit: Don’t let ethnocentrism sour you on other cultures

By Robert Smith One word describes all of the intolerance, bigotry and prejudice in our world and that word is “ethnocentrism.”  It’s the belief that your group is superior to…

Letter: Richmond-style hospitality shows district at its best

To the Editor: On behalf of the Richmond R-XVI athletic department, I would like to thank all the people involved with their food donations and time managing the hospitality room…

Letter: My behavior at state wrestling was unacceptable

Dear Spartan Nation, Please accept my apology for throwing punches during my match at the Missouri State Wrestling Tournament Feb. 22. My behavior was extremely inappropriate, immature and lacked the…