TOPIC 1: DESIGNED FOR CONTROVERSY.
A Missouri state representative wants “Intelligent Design” taught in public schools alongside Evolution. Rick Brattin says most Americans believe in a higher power and yet students are taught that we arose from “primordial ooze.” Brattin believes students should learn about both theories and then decide for themselves.
TOPIC 2: NO PLACE LIKE HOME!
Governor Brownback’s plan to eliminate the home mortgage deduction is causing considerable discussion and controversy. Democrats say they will oppose it.
TOPIC 3: BOTTOMS UP?
A report from the Urban Land Institute offers recommendations for improving the economic and physical aspects of the West Bottoms area. Among the suggested improvements—better transit, branding and landscaping. A Star editorial says the report could spark a brighter future.
TOPIC 4: CREATIVE DESTRUCTION
Columnist Tom McClanahan says the theory of “Creative Destruction” as a vital part of capitalism should be–and usually is–defended by Republicans, especially in presidential campaigns. The term, associated with the late economist, Joseph Schumpeter, involves clearing away declining companies, allowing capital to migrate and deliver the wealth creation enterprises need to prosper. This time, Governor Romney’s association with Bain Capital, a private equity and venture capital firm, is being criticized by some GOP candidates, notably Gingrich and Perry.