Editorials

Don’t let special interests control our local libraries

    An area library official recently expressed concern about Missouri House Bill 2044, otherwise known as the “Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act.” The bill should concern everyone, especially parents, as what it really seeks to do is take away parental oversight of what their kids can read at the library.

Major change is proposed for state highway funding

By Phill Brooks
    For the second year, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has proposed an historic and controversial shift in how highways are funded.
    His idea, approved by the legislature last year and recommended again this year, allocates for highways a small piece of "General Revenue" that finances the bulk of non-highway functions of state government including health, welfare and education.

Rural broadband getting state and federal push

By Eric Bohl
    To be a part of the modern world, high-speed internet access is no longer optional. We’ve been saying this since at least the 1990s, yet Missouri continues to lag behind other states. Somehow we have entered the third decade of the 2000s with more than 1.2 million Missourians still lacking access to broadband internet. This is more than any other state except California and Texas.

Be sure to check out Patriot Nations exhibit

    If you don’t know much about the history of U.S. military service by Native Americans, then you have a great opportunity to education yourself over the next month by stopping by Recklein Auditorium in Cuba and seeing the Smithsonian exhibit “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces” that is currently on display.