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Opinion

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri is not prepared for its aging population

Missouri's General Assembly should act sooner rather than later when it comes to preparing for the incoming "silver tsunami" of Medicare beneficiaries.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Let degregulation level the playing field for Uber, other taxi companies

Fewer limits on Kansas City's taxicab industry could help it compete with encroaching   ridesharing companies like Uber.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Skirmishes leading to open warfare in the state Capitol

"Rising tide of cynicism" regarding Missouri government may be deserved.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Recreational marijuana points in wrong direction

A comparison to alcohol is not a compelling reason to legalize another mood-altering substance, which experience has shown creates problems and is difficult, if not impossible, to repeal.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: When the death penalty hits close to home

Lisha Gayle, a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, was robbed and murdered in 1998, and her killer is currently on Missouri's death row.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Correct training deficiencies for state troopers

The merger between the Missouri Highway Patrol and Water Patrol has negatively affected training and documentation.

STEVE SPELLMAN: How the city's pattern of giving, then taking away, frustrates voters

People are tired of getting burned, and they don’t trust what public officials are telling us anymore. Who can blame them?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Legislators can smoke in public buildings, but others can't

Republicans will allow smoking in offices as long as the window is open and after business hours. Democrats say they will ban their members from smoking, although we have heard they have been known to break those rules.

DAVID ROSMAN: Right to work is not right for Missouri

Placing limitations on the organization of labor unions will hurt the conduct of business and limit the number of qualified workers in Missouri.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should keep tolls on I-70 in the mix

Tolls could make good sense on this limited amount of roadway and, perhaps in the future, on a few other interstates.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 2015 should be the year to 'Fight for $15'

The national movement would turn low-wage jobs into “living wage” jobs that pay enough to lift workers out of poverty.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Give Republican voters a real choice this time

For the GOP, the presidential choices so far could resemble a well-stocked smorgasbord, from moderate to far right to Libertarian.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ban on foie gras gets ignored in California

A federal judge kicked off the new year by blocking enforcement of a ban that took effect two years ago on animal cruelty grounds. Will the case reach the Supreme Court?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: For 2015, a tax-cut idea that adds insult to injury

A Senate bill would increase last year's tax cut to $1 billion or more, but there seems less appetite in the General Assembly to keep hurting the state.

GUEST COMMENTARY: About time chickens got better conditions — in a few places

A 2008 ballot measure to improve conditions for laying hens finally went into effect in California, giving birds room to lie down and turn around.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Adopt a stray, get a tax credit?

Adopting a stray pet is not a bad idea. But people might adopt a pet, claim the tax credit and then dump the pet by the side of the road — all for the $300 tax credit.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Veterans Memorial to get needed update

The memorial is to be expanded and updated to honor veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Funding would come from private sources.

DEAR READER: The art of writing headlines, indeed

The more complex the topic and the more stakeholders involved in the issue, the more challenging it becomes to summarize an article in so few words.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Congress should improve, not undo, health care reform

As a new Congress dawned this month, the House voted 412-0 to exempt veterans from the Affordable Care Act.

DEAR READER: Stories 'for the freezer' are some of the best

The reserve of stories to run any time over the holiday season have run out — just in time for restocking by the next group of reporters.

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