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  • Mercury, smallmouth bass and the Supreme Court

    John Hickey by: John Hickey
    This past Labor Day weekend, I was with my son, wading in the upper Huzzah Creek in the Missouri Ozarks. My son was fishing for smallmouth bass, and the fish were really biting. He was pulling one smallie after another out of the deeper holes, and then releasing the fish to catch another day. My son practices catch and release, which helps protect local fish populations. But there is another reason that he was wise to return the fish: mercury contamination.
      The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has issued an advisory that sensitive populations should eat no more than one meal per month of smallmouth bass that are longer than 12 inches due to mercury in the fish.

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  • Movie Theater Owner Spotlights Benefits of Raising Minimum Wage

    Bob Goodrich by: Bob Goodrich
    Movie theaters have been our family business since my father opened a single-screen Michigan theater in 1930 with a showing of All Quiet on the Western Front. I bought my father's theater in 1967, and expanded Goodrich Quality Theaters to five states, including Capital 8 in Jefferson City and Forum 8 in Columbia. We couldn't have done it without great employees and generations of moviegoers coming through our doors.
      A lot has changed and improved in the 50 years since Ive owned the business  from the non-narrative movies we now show to the sound, seats and picture size and quality.

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  • ICE Policies Hurt Our Communities Beyond The Border

    Hamid Yazdan Pahah by: Hamid Yazdan Pahah
    Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carried out one of its largest raids in years, arresting more than 140 people in Ohio. But raids and family separation are only part of the total impact ICE has on our communities. The Trump administration has attempted to justify aggressive immigration enforcement by claiming they help make our cities safer, yet the opposite may be true.
      Immigration advocates have raised concerns about public safety based on ICE's track record of abuse, militarized operations and propensity to identify themselves as the police. So far this year, seven immigrants have died while in ICE custody, with reports citing lack of medical care as a main factor.

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  • Raising Minimum Wage to $15 Is Good Business

    Michael Kanter by: Michael Kanter
    Ive been a Massachusetts business owner for 44 years. And Im looking forward to increased consumer buying power and a stronger economy as the state minimum wage rises to $15 by 2023.
      My wife and I founded our retail store, Cambridge Naturals, in 1974, and our daughter and son-in-law have joined us as second-generation owners. Were getting ready to open a second store at Boston Landing this summer.
      Our success has been rooted in fair pay, extraordinary customer service, and forward-thinking business practices. This year, Forbes magazine named us a Small Business Giant.

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The Toxic Effects Of Detention Centers For Young Children

Charles Zeanah by: Charles Zeanah, Carole Shauffer
Amid all the confusion about zero tolerance and executive orders over the crisis at the border, one thing is clear: At least 2000 children are still detained away from their parents in shelters across ...

Use A Public Health Approach To Reduce Gun Violence

Daniel Blumenthal by: Daniel Blumenthal
On March 14 of this year, students across the US left class for 17 minutes -- one minute for every person killed in the Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School massacre. It is a bit disheartening to realize ...

Keep SNAP in Farm Bill

Ashley Matthews by: Ashley Matthews
Congress will soon be voting on drastic changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as part of the Farm Bill Reauthorization. Major changes could result in the loss of access to critical ...

Trump, GOP Get Failing Grades On New Tax Law

Frank Clemente by: Frank Clemente
This is the time of year for final report cards, so it's a good time to grade President Trump and congressional Republicans on their massive tax cuts mostly benefiting the wealthy and corporations. Six ...

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