Editorials

A tale of two states - rural and urban Missouri

By Rik W. Hafer
    Missouri’s economy has lagged the national average for many years. Over the past two decades, only a handful of states have expanded at a slower rate. Numerous causes have been suggested, among them a relatively weak educational system and an unfortunate mix of industries. Could one explanation stem from its urban-rural divide?

Remembering Harriett Woods

By Phill Brooks
    As I reflect on the final months of term-limited state legislators who have made a profound difference for the state, I also remember Harriett Woods. While she gained national attention for her efforts for women, I think about what a superb state legislator she became on other issues.

Whether you know it or not, there is systematic racism

    Many are arguing there is no systematic racism in our country and certainly no systematic racism within law enforcement, including one of this week’s letter writers. We tend to forget, however, that we live in a very big country and what is happening (or not happening here) doesn’t reflect what is happening in other places, especially in our major cities.

Missouri rainbow trout are turning 140 this year

By Rik Hafer
    If you fish for trout in Missouri, you have something to celebrate this summer. Because rainbow trout are not native to Missouri, the first stocking in the state occurred 140 years ago in the summer of 1880. Why were they planted in Missouri? Where did they come from? The answers tell an interesting tale.

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