Barbara Shelly

What U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts might be thinking

If I had time, and I don’t, I might wonder how everything went so wrong. All I wanted was one more term in the U.S. Senate, to go back to my committees, make a couple of floor speeches and continue to declare Obamacare to be the worst thing that’s happened to this country since we got Medicare. Which I might need to get on pretty soon, by the way, if I lose this race.

Barbara Shelly

Marriott may be copping out, but tip the housekeeper anyway

In the pecking order of the service economy, housekeepers at hotels and motels are among the hardest working and least recognized. And so I am perfectly good with Marriott International leaving envelopes in guest rooms to encourage guests to leave something for the person who will come in to pick up the soggy towels, change the sheets, scrub the tub and toilet and otherwise put things in order.

Barbara Shelly

Is Missouri whitewashing response to Brandon Ellingson’s drowning death?

The state of Missouri’s response to the May 31 drowning death of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson while he was in custody of the Missouri Water Patrol is infuriating. It’s clear by now the criminal justice system in rural Missouri is not going to side with an out-of-state college student who partied excessively with his friends over a career Highway Patrol trooper with deep community ties. The process is looking like a whitewash.

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