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Opinion

DEAR READER: On whether and when to send a journalist to Ferguson

The story of protest and confrontation is a local story for every community in the country, even when your journalists stay home.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A first step in reining in the NSA

The Leahy bill addresses in only minor ways the collection of information about Americans as a byproduct of the electronic surveillance targeting foreigners living abroad.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gov. Nixon needs to be a more decisive leader in Ferguson

Going forward, Nixon needs to assert his authority and replace St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch with a special prosecutor to lead the investigation into Michael Brown’s death.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Events, years apart, act as reminder of racial strife, unrest

There is always a criminal element ready to use legitimate protest as an excuse to loot, burn and shoot.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A time to begin healing

Both Gov. Jay Nixon and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have appealed for calm instead of conflict.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Budgets need to match mental health awareness

Mental illness is hard to diagnose and hard to treat. No one ever argues that we need less access, but few in a position to make a difference have confronted the reality of just how hard it can be to get treatment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Audit indicts the credibility of Missouri education agency

The audit is of a $385,000 contract awarded in 2013 to Indianapolis-based CEE-Trust to study the then-unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools.

DAVID ROSMAN: Both sides get some blame in Ferguson shooting

Ferguson should never have been in the national (and international) news in the first place. Things got out of hand very quickly, and we must place blame on both sides.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Army is flexible on tattoos

A policy restricting certain tattoos meant the loss of 2,500 enlistments this year, according to Maj. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Perry has brought himself, Texas to this juncture

Whatever the outcome of the criminal case against Gov. Rick Perry, the events that led to it are a reflection upon him and how he has chosen to govern.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ferguson is about the police state

The events in Ferguson show that county and state law enforcement is excessively militarized, and there appears to be little leadership or accountability at any level of government these days.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Where are the answers in Brandon Ellingson's death?

Twelve weeks after the death of the Iowa man who drowned at Lake of the Ozarks, his family has not seen a final investigation report, or been told when it would be available.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Renewable fuels advance U.S. aims

St. Joseph boasts three facilities that produce renewable fuels, and there are two more just a few miles outside the city. Not only do these facilities provide local jobs, they give farmers in the region an additional market for their corn and soybeans.

GUEST COMMENTARY: No appetite for fixing school lunch

Making healthy food taste good will require a spending increase that's not on the table.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A 'generational event' demands a generational change from complacency

As the judicial process unfolds this fall, we’ll see Ferguson debated as part of the St. Louis County executive’s election. Ferguson could be, and should be, an object lesson in discussions about ending city-county fragmentation between now and 2016.

Report: Utility payments at payday lenders OK

In a report filed last week, the Missouri Public Service Commission said it is unclear if it has the authority to ban the practice, and no evidence has been found to prove consumers had been harmed.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time to go big — it's time to rebuild Missouri

The state's top need, more than highways or business incentives is better funding for schools. Building a massive and powerful coalition between transportation and education constituencies is possible.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ferguson has a new sheriff in town, and it's about time

Now that the conflict in Ferguson is calming down, questions of how things got so bad need to be answered.

GEORGE KENNEDY: City's ballot will leave taxpayers picking up the tab

An extra 30 cents won’t generate enough revenue to hire as many cops as needed to keep up with growth and permit more community policing. The compromise development fees will leave us taxpayers bearing 75 percent of the cost of new roads.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Martha Stewart can use drones; scientists' drones grounded

The Federal Aviation Authority has slapped severe restrictions on law enforcement, businesses and many of the nation's top educational institutions that want to explore the possibilities of unmanned aircraft.

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