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Updated Apr 17, 2015 at 5:43 PM

As we move into the final month of the legislative session, the State Senate will begin passing legislation and working on crafting the budget. The debates will get longer, nights will get later and bills will start hitting the governor’s desk.I am happy to be addressing the important issues our state faces. One of my bills this year was given a hearing. Senate Bill 193 would increase Missouri’s minimum wage from the current $7.65 an hour to $10 an hour. Last year, 34...

Updated Apr 17, 2015 at 4:10 PM

As a person who uses language for a living …Wait, scratch that. Everyone uses the language in some form or another every day. (Not every day. I’ll get to that later.) The spoken word, written word, sign language, the Sicilian...

Updated Apr 17, 2015 at 9:35 AM

This week, Grammy Award winner John Legend announced an initiative, Free America, a movement to bring attention to the ills of mass incarceration. He has scheduled a series of performances at correctional facilities in various states, along with...

Updated Apr 16, 2015 at 9:29 AM

“You know, next time you’re going to have to do better, Mr. President.”

Updated Apr 16, 2015 at 9:24 AM

Two decades. Twenty years.

Updated Apr 15, 2015 at 9:42 PM

The world changes, and adaptations are slippery and full of missteps.The minute you think you’ve got it figured out, you’re probably in trouble, and nowhere is this more true than in parenting. As the old expression goes, I...

Updated Apr 10, 2015 at 7:26 PM

Born in Independence, left the area for several years but returned to my hometown. This town has so much to offer and is growing. With growth there are always going to be a few quirks. The one quirk that is becoming a bit of a problem is the...

Updated Apr 10, 2015 at 4:13 PM

As I’m writing this, my sister Jodie has been dead for only a few hours. She was 55.I could make this an anti-smoking rant, and considering smoking-induced lung cancer has claimed three women in my family – my grandmother, my...

Updated Apr 10, 2015 at 8:34 AM

Forty years ago, Tennessee state law authorized the use of deadly force to stop a fleeing suspect. The statute provided, “if, after notice of the intention to arrest the defendant, he either flees or forcibly resists, the officer may use all the...

Updated Apr 9, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Britain will have a general election on May 7, and the contest already demonstrates dramatic profound shifts taking place in the nation’s politics. Traditionally, the system has been characterized by stable two-party political competition, but no...

Updated Apr 9, 2015 at 9:03 AM

There is nothing more tragic than shallow analysis.I saw a report in a journalism publication this week that hailed the end of Facebook. That it will be the butt of jokes like MySpace soon. Google Plus is dying, and so will Facebook.

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