Category: Opinion

“The Walking Dead”: “Home” episode

Story by Joshua Leonard, for The Muleskinner— Sunday’s episode, “Home”, should have been the mid-season premiere. “Home” gave “The Walking Dead” fans everything we want out of season three. Spoiler alert: “Home” starts where we left off with the end of “Suicide King.” Rick is still off his rocker and chasing around a dead Lori… Read more »

Tax structure

Dear Editor, The debate about tax structure is not some egghead, ivory-tower issue, and Missouri is about to find this out firsthand. Last year, Kansas eliminated its tax on the pass-through income of LLCs, S-Corporations, and sole proprietorships, and the state is looking to cut income taxes further this year. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s explicit… Read more »

The beautiful sights and secrets of Cuenca

By SANDY IRLE (digitalBURG) – After a week of relaxation in beautiful La Manga del Mar Menor, Spain, it was an easy day trip by train to Cuenca (pronounced KWEN-ka). Our destination was the Cuenca Parador, the former 16th century San Pablo convent converted by the Spanish government into a hotel. Riding in a taxi… Read more »

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 »