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Stacy Washington, Columnist St. Louis Post Dispatch

You have a duty to be happy

Circumstances don’t dictate personal happiness, you do. While the concept isn’t my idea, it has served us well over the years. A past painful experience illustrates this well. About 17 years ago when we first moved to the St. Louis metro area, we were apartment hunting in the city. There was a place at the […]
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Stacy Washington, St. Louis Post Dispatch Opinion Columnist

A word about Personal Responsibility

Last week’s column on crime in St. Louis prompted a nice amount of email my way. In my discussion of possible solutions to the St. Louis crime problem, the phrase “personal responsibility” didn’t come up. Readers wondered at the omission, as it is an obvious foundation for good life choices and outcomes. In response I […]
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Stacy Washington, Columnist St. Louis Post Dispatch

Third year in a row – St. Louis is the ...

For the third year in a row, St. Louis has the highest per capita murder rate in America at 59.6 murders per 100,000 people. Commence the hand wringing. People discuss poverty and racism and the difficulties of our city-county divide, then everyone drives out to their suburban homes or into their private city streets, and […]
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Stacy Washington, St. Louis Post Dispatch Opinion Columnist

It’s time to plan for a transition back to local ...

St. Louis Public Schools are accredited again. Convened in 2007, the Special Administrative Board has slowly completed hard-fought progress in student achievement and fiscal management to achieve this result. The SAB is authorized by the Missouri State school board to remain in control until 2019. In spite of this, the city of St. Louis continued […]
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Stacy Washington, St. Louis Post Dispatch Opinion Columnist

Right to work will improve economic conditions for Missourians statewide

One of the first campaign promises that Gov. Eric Greitens will seek to fulfill is the passage of right-to-work legislation. Union members are frightened by the prospect. During his tenure, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon consistently opposed such legislation, partnering with Republican legislators from heavily unionized districts to prevent a veto override. Greitens, the newly inaugurated […]
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Thomas Sowell

Farewell Thomas Sowell, the Good Economist

It was December 2012 after Christmas and I was writing a 2,400-word article about Republican Party messaging to minority voters: In my free time I was reading a book by Dr. Thomas Sowell: Basic Economics. Both the article and the book were a heavy lift. By that time I had already made it a habit […]
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