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Editorial: Requesting Mid Rivers Newsmagazine

For the past several months, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine has been moving toward a voluntary subscription delivery model. We are so thankful for the tens of thousands of you who have already signed up. Recently, this move has taken on greater urgency as the U.S. Postal Service has announced intentions to dramatically increase postage costs over the next couple months and years. 

We would like to clarify a few points:

1. You only need to sign up once per address.

2. The subscriptions are completely free of charge.

3. You do need to subscribe by March 31 to keep receiving the paper beginning in April.

4. We will be distributing additional copies at retail locations throughout St. Charles County.

Again, thank you so much for understanding and taking action on this needed change in our mailing process.

Introducing Star Parker

NOTE: As many of you know, our nationally syndicated columnist Dr. Walter E. Williams passed away at the end of last year. Over the next several months, we will be introducing a collection of new columnists to potentially fill Dr. William’s role. This week, we are excited to present a column by Star Parker. Read more about Star below.

Star Parker is one of the names on the short list of national black conservative leaders. She is the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), a Washington, D.C.-based public policy institute that promotes market-based solutions to fight poverty. Star consulted on federal welfare reform in the mid-’90s, and then founded CURE to bring new ideas to policy discussions on how to transition America’s poor from government dependency. In 1996, she was a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention. 

Before involvement in social activism, she had seven years of first-hand experience in the grip of welfare dependency. After a Christian conversion, she changed her life. Now, Star regularly consults with both federal and state legislators on market-based strategies to fight poverty.

In 2017, Star joined the White House Opportunity Initiative task force to share ideas on how to best fix our nation’s most distressed ZIP codes. In 2018, she was appointed to the U.S. Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission.

Star has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and international business from Woodbury University and has received numerous awards and commendations for her work on public policy issues. In 2016, CPAC honored her with the “Ronald Reagan Foot Soldier of the Year” award. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Groundswell Impact award, and in 2018, Bott Radio Network presented her with its annual Queen Esther award.

To date, Star Parker has spoken on more than 225 college campuses, including Harvard, Berkeley, Emory, Liberty, Franciscan, UCLA and UVA. She has authored several books; is a regular commentator on national television and radio networks including the BBC, EWTN and FOX News; and is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators, reaching 7 million readers weekly.

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