Guest articles

Why The Amendment 3 “Lockbox” And “Politicians Can’t Touch The Money” Arguments Don’t Hold Water…

By Andy Arnold Supporters of Amendment 3, the massive cigarette tax increase that will cost some Missourians up to $1.27 more per pack if approved by voters, have stated the money generated by the tax cannot be touched or diverted by the Missouri legislature. To quote one of their RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company affiliate funded

An Analysis of Missouri’s Constitutional Amendment 2

By Ryan Johnson, Missouri Alliance for Freedom president Constitutional Amendment 2 will allow voters to decide in November whether to amend the state constitution to restrict certain political contributions. The amendment would limit contributions to statewide, legislative, and judicial offices to $2,600 per election. Contributions from a person or a committee to a political party

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Let’s Keep a Good Thing Going!

By Estil Fretwell, Director of Public Affairs, Missouri Farm Bureau   In 1983 Missouri was losing over 10 tons of topsoil per acre annually due to erosion. That’s one inch of topsoil off each acre every 15 years. Missouri’s soil erosion rate was the second worst in the nation, exceeded only by Tennessee.   At

When She Wins We Win

By Darlene Green, Comptroller-City of St. Louis   I wholeheartedly support Hillary Clinton for President of the United States because she trumps her opponents in experience, expertise on the issues, and commitment to enhance the lives of working families and children. While her Republican rival’s primary goal has been to amass wealth, Clinton has chosen


How to Fight Missouri’s Opioid Crisis

Op-Ed submitted on behalf of State Rep. Holly Rehder, a Republican from Sikeston who represents the 148th District.   Addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin is a national crisis. It is now the leading cause of accidental death in America. Right here in Missouri, more than 1,000 of our friends and loved ones are dying


Political Leader for Climate Action

Dear Editor, I want to thank Sen. Jason Holsman for his recent article on Global Warming (Re: “Clean Energy: Tomorrow’s challenge calls for action today, Sep. 27th).  Sen Holsman is correct, Global warming poses a serious risk for Missouri. On Sept 22nd, the Center for American Progress reported that between 2005 and 2015, FEMA issued more than

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Bald Guys for Braiders

by Rep. Shamed Dogan and Dave Roland We are two Missouri men for whom shaving our heads is preferable to the alternatives at this point in our lives. But last week a federal judge in Missouri released a decision affecting primarily African-American women and their hairstyles which has our metaphorical hair on fire. This injustice

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Energy Issues Are Important As We Prepare to Vote

In my role as Chairman of Missouri Vets4Energy, I want to remind voters of the importance of our nation’s energy renaissance in the upcoming election on November 8. At both the state and national level, there is much discussion regarding job creation and economic growth. I urge voters to pay close attention to policy discussions that impact our

Lt. gov. Kinder speaks at a campaign event in St. Louis July 15, 2016 (Travis Zimpfer/MISSOURI TIMES)

My fond farewell (really) to Peter Kinder

by Jeff Mazur It’s been a running joke for years among my Missouri Democratic political friends that we’d find great sadness when Peter Kinder no longer held office. Kinder is someone we can chuckle at, the gag went, while he keeps a statewide seat from a Republican who might actually parlay the office into a