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The stain on America that won’t go away

by Jack Stapleton Jr.

by Jack Stapleton Jr.

The statistics have been getting minimally better in recent years, but the latest facts are hardly reassuring. In calendar year 1997, 43,600 marriages were performed in our state, which translates into a rate of 8.1 for every 1,000 residents as compared to a national rate of 8.9 for every 1,000.

Even though the percentage of Missourians tying the knot is reasonably close

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