February 8, 2016

OPINION: One angry Tea Partier

Some things aren’t a right. Like spandex, they’re a privilege. The recipe for health insurance and for home ownership is as simple as the one for spandex. You earn the privilege of wearing spandex in public by working out – a lot – and eating right. So, too, you earn the privilege of health insurance and home ownership. Work hard. Make good choices and you too can own a home and have health insurance.

OPINION: Flight attendant’s glorious resignation sparks happy memories

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com He didn’t do the right thing, but I get it. Steven Slater, a Jet Blue flight attendant, cursed passengers over an airplane’s public address system before grabbing a few beers, yanking open one of the plane’s emergency doors and hurling himself down an emergency chute onto the tarmac in New York’s JFK Continue Reading

Missourians should send McCaskill message she’ll understand in 2012

While Sen. Claire McCaskill said she got the message after Tuesday’s election, her words lead this columnist to believe she missed the mark. She’s up for re-election in 2012, and Missourians should send her a much clearer message two years from now. The message should say: “You’re fired.”

OPINION: Kansas journalist thinks Florida teacher whines too much

A whiny teacher’s essay has gone viral to become a rallying cry for the National Education Association and teachers everywhere.

OPINION: Congress, American people could use a little tough love

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Although their reasoning is flawed, Congressional Republicans were wise to give the Heisman arm to another round of unemployment benefits. Unfortunately, they’ll be eating the Democrats’ dust by the time this paper reaches your hands.  New Sen. Carte Goodwin will be sworn in to replace Sen. Robert Byrd – giving Democrats enough Continue Reading

OPINION: Missouri’s Purgason deserves thanks

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Missouri State Sen. Chuck Purgason deserves a medal – instead, he’s been removed from his committee chairmanship in the Missouri State Senate and may lose a primary race against Congressman Roy Blunt for the U.S. Senate. Purgason — with the help of a few key Republican allies  — filibustered in the Missouri Continue Reading

Column: Palin-haters green with envy

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com To hear some people talk, you’d think Sarah Palin personally accosted them in a dark alley. I’m fairly certain that isn’t the case for many of the people who react to the mere mention of her name as if they’ve been slapped since Palin has spent most of her life in Alaska, Continue Reading

Column: Soccer haters not racist, just bored

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Soccer is boring. Earth-shattering, mind-numbingly, painfully dull. And the majority of Americans agree, but don’t tell the staffers at The Nation magazine. Soccer haters are imperial racists who can’t pick their knuckles off the NASCAR race track long enough to recognize the splendor that is the World Cup soccer, according to Dave Continue Reading

Column: Thoughts on the Big 12 scene

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The Big 12 lives on and this heart is glad, but disappointed to note that college sports is no different than professional sports. They’re all about the Benjamins. The potential demise of the best conference in college sports caused a lot of sleepless nights in my household. • Missourians should probably throw Continue Reading

Column: Women stepping on political stage

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com After Tuesday’s primary elections in a number of states, it’s looking like 2010 could become the year of the woman. Thank goodness. I’m typically not one to join in an estrogen fest. I don’t really care if politicians look like me or share certain anatomical similarities. I’d rather they think like me Continue Reading