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Updated Mar 26, 2015 at 9:38 AM

“The Four Tigers” is a shorthand label for the dynamic economies of East Asia which achieved strikingly rapid growth from the 1960s into the 1990s – Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.The passing of the dominant leader of one of them is a good time to discuss all of them. On March 23, Singapore leader Lee Kwan Yew died at the age of 91. For over half a century, he and his organization have controlled government in the city-state of Singapore.

Updated Mar 25, 2015 at 11:01 PM

I’d like to think that in a different life, a life of more ease and leisure, I’d have developed a more sophisticated taste in flowers.Orchids come in thousands of finicky forms, and my hat is off to anyone who can keep one...

Updated Mar 20, 2015 at 7:55 PM

About 15 years ago in Winter Haven, Florida, Thomas Roe Oldt, a columnist for the local paper, The Ledger, wrote about the quick and unlikely arrest of two teenagers accused of murder.

Updated Mar 20, 2015 at 6:52 PM

  I am going to keep my promise I made to the Environmental Defense Fund, which contacted me by mail. In the survey they asked if I would do something as a member on behalf of our Earth, giving me five suggestions. I...

Updated Mar 20, 2015 at 6:37 PM

   “Quality of life” has always been one of my priorities for the citizens of Independence. On April 7, the voters residing within the Independence School District have the opportunity to maintain...

Updated Mar 20, 2015 at 6:25 PM

People like to stay put.Although a slight majority of Americans have changed communities at some point in their lives, four out of every 10 of you reading this have never moved from the town you were born in, according to the Pew Research...

Updated Mar 19, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Iran is now a source of tremendous strain in United States domestic politics as well as foreign policy. Escalating divisions between Democrats and Republicans are greatly complicating our foreign policy. In the end, this may strengthen the influence...

Updated Mar 18, 2015 at 10:23 PM

We’re about to reach a critical decision point for the species. Who’s going, and who’s hanging back? Some people with a rare combination of qualities – vision, realism, technical...

Updated Mar 13, 2015 at 11:56 AM

I’m honored to invite citizens from our area to this year’s Ninth Annual District 8 Day, to be held March 18 in Jefferson City starting at 10 a.m. at the Governor’s Mansion. Since the event first began, it’s been an...

Updated Mar 13, 2015 at 10:19 AM

If there’s one constant in life it’s that city planners are under the undying assumption there’s always room in town for one more pizza restaurant.My town is getting one, although we already have eight places that sell...

Updated Mar 12, 2015 at 2:21 PM

The shocking physical attack on U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert in Seoul may appear just the latest negative news from the Korean peninsula. On March 10 he left the hospital, five days after being slashed in a knife attack by a deranged fanatical...

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