Category: Opinion

Recent Missouri editorials

The Associated Press St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jan. 28 More reforms needed to fix Missouri’s criminal justice system County sheriffs are planning to be back in the Missouri Capitol this year waging a decade-old battle. They want the state to properly reimburse county jails for housing state prisoners. The sheriffs are correct when arguing that they’re… Read more »

Recent Missouri editorials

(The Associated Press) The Kansas City Star, Jan. 21 Roe v. Wade ruling still worth honoring Forty years ago today, a U.S. Supreme Court decision guaranteed women the qualified constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. Over the decades, that right has been fiercely opposed and defended in courtrooms, on the streets and in state legislatures…. Read more »

Recent Missouri editorials

The Associated Press The Kansas City Star, Jan. 13 Second term poses big test for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon In his successful campaign for a second term, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon boasted about “getting things done.” Under his leadership, the state had cut government spending, his ads noted. It had rebounded from natural disasters. His… Read more »

Recent Missouri editorials

The Associated Press Jefferson City News Tribune, Jan. 6 The ‘epidemic’ of child sexual abuse Child sexual abuse in Missouri is characterized as a “silent epidemic” by members of a task force that studied the issue. The 14-member task force on Thursday released its report, which contains 22 recommendations in seven separate categories. State Rep…. Read more »

“Django Unchained:” some of the best dialogue, character development in cinema

By JOSHUA LEONARD (digitalBURG) – A throwback to Sergio Leone-style Spaghetti Westerns, “Django Unchained” captures the look and feel of the Clint Eastwood classic Western. Quentin Tarantino captivates his audience once again through his mesmerizing dialogue and characters and made “Django Unchained” an instant classic. Already nominated for five Academy Awards, including best film, “Django… Read more »

Rise of the Guardians: A family fun piece of cinema

By JOSHUA LEONARD With a great story, engaging laughter with a hint of danger, “Rise of the Guardians” is an all-around family fun piece of cinema. “Rise of the Guardians,” the latest film produced by Dreamworks Animation, tells the story of Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) who is lonely and depressed because no children… Read more »

The Hobbit: A great first piece of the new trilogy

By JOSHUA LEONARD (digitalBURG) With $84.8 million grossed in the opening box office weekend, “The Hobbit” brings us back into the world of Middle-Earth with its captivating story, cinematography and a new visual appeal. “The Hobbit,” directed by Peter Jackson (“Lord of the Rings” trilogy) takes the helm once again with another trilogy that takes… Read more »

Medicaid expansion

Dear Editor, Late last month, Gov. Jay Nixon announced he would support an expansion of Missouri’s Medicaid program under ObamaCare. “[Expanding Medicaid is] the smart thing to do, and it’s the right thing to do,” he said. Although one could describe Gov. Nixon’s announcement in many ways, “smart” and “right” would not appear in the parade… Read more »

Potty breaks and leftovers — the holiday culture shock

By SEAN McCARRELL (PILOT GROVE, Mo., digitalBURG) – As is tradition around the holidays, friends and family get together to share in the joyous occasion of awkwardly explaining the last year of their lives to one another in the most positive way possible. The most fascinating aspect of this, other than finding out why cousin… Read more »