To The Editor:
More than a century ago Rep. Willard Duncan Vandiver concisely captured Missouri’s political sensibility, telling a crowd in Philadelphia that “frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.” Indeed, the Show-Me State has a long reputation for its no-nonsense worldview, but these days, the state is gaining another reputation — as an economic laggard.
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