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By on Jul 10, 2017

A version of this op-ed appeared in the Clayton Times on July 11, 2017.

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By on Jun 27, 2017

It’s far too easy to spend other people’s money. If you’ve ever had a credit card or your identity stolen, you know this far too well.

Stanford economist Russ Roberts summarized the phenomenon thusly: “If you’re paying, I’ll have top sirloin.”

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By Michael Q. McShane on May 16, 2017

It was the Irish Playwright Samuel Beckett who wrote, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

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By on Apr 20, 2017

Saint Louis is beating out cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in one very important respect. No, it’s not in job creation, economic growth, or public safety. Saint Louis is on the rise in a very different respect.

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By Michael Q. McShane on Apr 17, 2017

This week, the United States Supreme Court will hear a case out of our own backyard that wrestles with a vestige of our anti-Catholic past. In Trinity Lutheran v.

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By Patrick Ishmael on Apr 03, 2017

I raise chickens. No, I don’t own a farm, but for the four hens that live in my backyard, it might as well be one. And as you would expect with chickens, my wife and I receive a steady stream of edible eggs that will never hatch. Not having a rooster will do that.

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By on Mar 23, 2017

What do leprechauns, ghosts, and economic benefits from sports stadiums all have in common? They lack any substantive evidence for their existence.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Mar 23, 2017

Kansas City voters face four questions on the April 4 ballot that could commit them to years of higher taxes. All four are very unlikely to live up to their supporters’ claims.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Mar 01, 2017

Kansas City’s elected leaders have been speaking far and wide about the GO Bond before voters on April 4. Their presentations focus on what could be done with the money, and attendees often ask about the amounts that will be spent on sidewalks, streets, and an animal shelter.

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By Michael Q. McShane on Jan 30, 2017

In many Eastern religions, practitioners use mantras to calm and center themselves while meditating. If the school choice movement needs a mantra right now, it just might be:

Regulating a market is not the same as regulating a monopoly.