A few bright spots in gloomy political landscape
Doug Wilson

A few bright spots in gloomy political landscape

There's more than enough negative political news to go around. Let's change that trend with a few positive developments. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced last week that he was ordering a state agency to cut some red tape.

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Stray, feral cat problem reviewed by Quincy City Council
Doug Wilson

Stray, feral cat problem reviewed by Quincy City Council

Do trap-neuter-release programs help reduce the number of feral cats? That question will spark serious debate in coming weeks at the Quincy City Council and in other meetings. And lots of the debate will come down to whose studies people believe.

Health care bill stalls as lawmakers leap for cover
Doug Wilson

Health care bill stalls as lawmakers leap for cover

Legislators who try to win votes for big, controversial bills often say the task is like "herding cats." Christopher "Kit" Bond, a Missouri Republican said its more like trying to keep frogs in a wheelbarrow.

Gun violence debate heats up in imperfect world
Doug Wilson

Gun violence debate heats up in imperfect world

Last week's attack by a shooter in Washington, D.C., and another mass shooting in a San Francisco UPS facility will revive the ongoing debate between gun rights supporters and opponents. Neither side will convince the other. The debate never really ends.

Electronic devices not as private as most people think
Doug Wilson

Electronic devices not as private as most people think

Text messages that might have led to a teen's suicide have been the main focus of a Massachusetts manslaughter trial last week. Michelle Carter's text messages show that initially she told her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, that he shouldn't commit suicide.

Simple, shrill approach harms political discourse
Doug Wilson

Simple, shrill approach harms political discourse

Keep it simple. That's the well known advice for anybody putting forward a complicated argument. "Keep it simple and keep it shrill" is the somewhat different advice for those involved in political arguments.

Missouri lawmakers called in; Illinois auditor general fined
Doug Wilson

Missouri lawmakers called in; Illinois auditor general fined

Missouri lawmakers will be called back into session Monday, a little more than a week after they closed out their regular session.

American political divide fuels dysfunction, mistrust of government
Doug Wilson

American political divide fuels dysfunction, mistrust of government

Political landscapes have been changing rapidly, and there's a natural tendency to see the actions of politicians as the root cause. Maybe that's the wrong method of analysis. Maybe the politicians Americans get are the result of those societal changes, r