Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri

Michele Skalicky

An event in Springfield Monday had various speakers touting the need for a cap of 36 percent on interest rates on short term loans in Missouri.

Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri called it the Legislative Spring Break Press Conference.

Members aren’t happy with proposed legislation by Missouri State Representative Steve Helms, chair of the Subcommittee on Short Term Financial Transactions. 

Michele Skalicky

At times it seems that civility is dead.  People are constantly at odds with one another, and shouting matches are all too common, especially online.  Social media is often used as a battleground where people who disagree on various issues fight with words.   People who were once friends no longer talk because their political or other beliefs are different.  

Despite that, there are many things happening in the Ozarks that show civility and attempts to understand one another are, in fact, very much alive.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

On the eve of President Donald Trump’s visit to Springfield to speak on tax reform, two groups sounded off on his policies and called for moral leadership.

Earlier Tuesday, it was the Missouri Democratic Party asking Trump to reverse course on attempts to dismantle Obamacare.

Phil Snider
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Local faith leaders are condemning racist acts by hate groups that occurred Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Members of Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri on Monday specifically called out white supremacists, nativists, nationalists and Nazis before at least 75 spectators inside the Council of Churches of the Ozarks’ Springfield office.

Bishop Edward Rice of the Roman Catholic Church of Southern Missouri said he was “nauseous” when he saw the images from over the weekend in the media.   

Ryan Welch / KSMU

Rep. Lynn Morris says his bill attempting to cap the interest rates charged by payday lenders will have to wait until next year.

Morris, a Republican from Ozark, spoke in Springfield Friday a week before lawmakers end this year’s legislative session. His bill would place a cap of 36 percent on what payday and title loaners can charge customers.

“It’s going to take more than a year to pass this bill, but what I promise to you all is I will make this one of my priorities.”