Recently, I found myself in the State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Missouri listening to a rousing debate about whether or not to require Missouri public schools to allocate time for the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Book of Hosea cautions us, “They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind.” Student protests on The University of Missouri’s campus, and the administration’s reaction, sowed some serious wind. News out this week that freshman enrollment is projected to be down 25%, creating a $32 million
If you drive in the Show-Me state, you pay two gas taxes—one of 18.4 cents per gallon to the federal government, and the other of 17 cents per gallon to the state of Missouri. Both taxes were set up in the early 20th century to fund highways, and neither tax has been increased since the 1990s.
If you’ve ever seen it, there is something funny about a dog chasing a car. At first it seems as if the dog may grab hold of a tire, but inevitably, right when the dog is about to catch it, the car speeds up, leaving the dog behind. Bless poor Fido’s heart, but it is an exercise in futility.
It’s official. The Rams are leaving Saint Louis. Residents might have disagreed over whether to spend public money on a stadium to keep them here, but no one wanted the region to lose an NFL team.
There’s no other way to put it: Missouri schools simply aren’t giving African-American students a chance.
In stimulating tourism, trade, and economic growth, the Roman Coliseum may be the world’s only sports stadium that has repaid the cost of its construction more than a thousand-fold, or even a million-fold.
As a child, I never understood the appeal of the old black-and-white film It’s a Wonderful Life. My mother would watch it every Christmas season without fail, and invariably it would bring a tear to her eye.
Missouri has some breathtaking scenery. Whether it’s the Gateway Arch or the Missouri River Bluffs or the cotton farms in boot heel, the state is dressed to impress.
In the 1950s, economist Milton Friedman proposed the use of educational vouchers in public education. Under a voucher program, parents can direct public funds toward the school that best serves their child’s needs, be that public or private.