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By Patrick Ishmael on Apr 16, 2019

When the United States put a man on the moon in 1969, the state of Missouri was the 13th largest in the country in terms of population. Today, it’s the 18th largest.

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By Patrick Ishmael, Josiah Neeley on Apr 09, 2019

Whether it’s buying a car or choosing where to go for dinner, Missourians like having choices—but when it comes to electricity, Missourians are left with few. In fact, currently those of us who want electricity from the grid must get it from a single monopoly utility provider.

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By Andrew B. Wilson, James W. Seeser on Mar 14, 2019

“We reason from the hand to the head,” Henry David Thoreau wrote, pointing out how a simple example drawn from ordinary life may serve to illuminate a larger truth.

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By James V. Shuls on Mar 13, 2019

School choice is inherently good. I don’t mean to say school choice is good because it will lead to specific outcomes, such as higher test scores or higher graduation rates, although I think it will.

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By Emily Stahly on Feb 21, 2019

Imagine the Game of Life played under different rules—with everyone randomly assigned at birth to one of two paths. One begins with good schools, safe neighborhoods, and strong communities. It leads to well-paid jobs and rewarding careers.

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By Andrew B. Wilson, James W. Seeser on Feb 18, 2019

How well prepared are different players in Missouri’s highly diversified economy to join the “Green New Deal” proposed by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and endorsed by several presidential contenders?

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By Patrick Ishmael on Feb 15, 2019

This week Amazon announced that it was scrapping its plan to establish a “second headquarters” in New York.

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By Susan Pendergrass on Feb 12, 2019

Imagine that you’re a professor at a large university and this spring you’re teaching one of the big freshman seminar courses – 518 students.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Dec 31, 2018

Are you a government-failure denier – someone who believes that the government that governs best is one that overflows with good intentions, regardless of the cost? Are you someone who thinks a lot about “market failures” and never stops to think about government failures?

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By Susan Pendergrass on Dec 24, 2018

The holidays are upon us, and now that we have a quorum on the state board of education and a commissioner it’s time to think about what Missouri students and parents should expect from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

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