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WHAT OTHERS SAY: Use common sense to make decisions

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 | 4:31 p.m. CST

In 2006, more than three-fourths of Missouri voters supported a change in state law tying the minimum wage to increases in the Consumer Price Index. Effective Jan. 1, the state’s minimum wage will increase to $7.50, up 15 cents. State business groups consistently oppose these cost-of-living increases.

Given the long odds of rescinding the law, these business groups should focus on broader economic development efforts that will help bring more jobs to Missouri, rather than quibbling with the minimum wage. Attracting better-paying jobs is just common sense.

Today’s high school students are digital natives, and using the Internet is second nature. The Springfield School Board is considering a policy change to let students earn up to three of 25 credits needed for graduation through approved online and correspondence courses. Giving students options and taking advantage of online resources is just common sense.

The influence of money is pervasive in politics, and we side with those who argue for stronger limits on big-money donors at the state and national level. But as the Springfield City Council drafts legislative priorities for 2014, we think a proposal to push for "meaningful campaign finance reform" should be a low priority. The council will make more progress by focusing on specific local concerns. It is just common sense.

We understand that the winds have shifted in terms of City Council support for a local prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine. But opponents of that effort, which is aimed at fighting local meth production, are now watering down support for a statewide prescription requirement. We were slow to support the prescription idea, but police say limiting purchase amounts is ineffective in the fight against meth. A prescription requirement makes life difficult for cold sufferers, but it still is just common sense.

As it turns out, the sky is falling. In fact, an estimated 110 to 165 tons — roughly equivalent to 10 to 15 dump trucks — come hurtling out of space every year, generally falling relatively harmlessly into the ocean. Space experts estimate that, in 56 years of spaceflight, we have launched about 6,600 satellites into space — and about 3,600 remain in space (though only 1,000 are operational). So, it seems, what goes up must come down — and that is just common sense.

 Copyright Springfield News-Leader. Reprinted with permission.


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