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The most divisive action the Maryville City Council has taken since the beginning of the pandemic is no more. The mask mandate was revoked after a 4-1 vote Monday — Tye Parsons was alone in his opposition — and as of midnight that day, there was no city face-covering requirement. It’s sad th… Read more

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Representation is important. Those on a governing body need to be able to relate to the people they are making decisions for. The undermanned Northwest Board of Regents has one gaping issue when it comes to representation, and it needs to be fixed. One of the open seats should be filled by a… Read more

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And so it begins, the blame game. COVID-19 cases have surged since Northwest resumed in-person classes — shocking — and as a result, students, faculty, administration and community members are beginning to point fingers. Everyone in their own way is accountable for what is happening. No one … Read more

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Northwest recently announced that it would be seeking to return to a “traditional campus experience” for the fall 2021 semester. The specifics of what that means have yet to be established, but likely it will be a semester that resembles the fall of 2019 more than the fall of 2020. In order …

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Northwest Student Senate elections are this week. Once again, many positions, including the entire executive board, are unopposed and high voter turnout is not expected. The second most powerful governing body — behind the Northwest Board of Regents — and self-proclaimed “voice of the studen…

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Burny’s Sports Bar & Upper Deck once again hosted the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 13. Hosting the 34th iteration of an event designed to pack spectators together is not a great look during a pandemic. What made it even worse was that it spits in the face of those it w…

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Most small talk conversations during winter in Maryville and at Northwest follow the same basic structure: an introductory greeting followed by multiple comments on how cold it is followed by a polite goodbye. But the last few weeks were different.

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If the American political landscape were The Beatles, local politics would be the George Harrison of the group. The perhaps least “sexy” of political topics, local politics are often more important to our daily lives than anything that would make Fox News or CNN. Local politics have taken so…