WHAT OTHERS SAY: Obama proposes yet another entitlement program

Free tuition at community colleges will cost federal taxpayers $60 billion over 10 years, and another $20 billion by the states.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Rare victory in fight to build an inclusive world

The ABLE Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law a few days before Christmas, will give people with disabilities and their families access to the tax-deferred savings option that folks without disabilities already enjoy.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislators punish the working poor

An estimated 300,000 uninsured Missourians cannot get discounts on insurance that are available through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Congress should protect free and open Internet

Net neutrality is the notion that Internet service providers — Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, etc. — should not be allowed to create fast and slow lanes between customers and online content.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Celebrating a blow in favor of press independence

New York Times reporter James Risen won his legal fight against the U.S. Department of Justice, which wanted him to disclose sources he used to uncover failed U.S. operation against Iran's nuclear program.

DAVID ROSMAN: Everyone wins with Missouri HealthNet

Please call your state representative and senator and tell them to vote in favor of HB 153 before the state loses more money, jobs and lives.

GUEST COMMENTARY: State subsidies to private business choke economic growth

If Missouri wants to stimulate growth, the first step is putting a stop to corporate welfare.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ethics reform: Maybe this is the year

Much-needed legislation to limit campaign contributions, ban lobbyist gifts, improve transparency and require lawmakers to wait before becoming lobbyists should pass this year.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: President Obama's tuition-free idea could be simpler

The president's plan is noble, but states are better equipped to cater to college students' needs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stick to the facts on Medicaid

Claims that Medicaid expansion in Missouri would be "too expensive" to ignore obvious economic and health benefits.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pretty funny: How states see themselves

States self-deprecate via submitted one-line descriptions.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Muslim cartoonist draws lessons from Charlie Hebdo massacre

As a human being, I feel disgust over the murder of 12 innocent people. As an artist, I feel a profound sense of grief over the loss of four fellow cartoonists — including the great Cabu (also known as Jean Cabut), who inspired me as a young man to become a cartoonist.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New legislative session, new possibilities

Although wholesale compromise is not expected, Gov. Jay Nixon and lawmakers should work together as legislation moves through the process.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Get wild without abandoning common sense

Most of us don’t get enough nature in our lives. And maybe that’s why too many people either overestimate or underestimate nature’s power to kill you.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Congress should make 2015 the year of ‘net neutrality’

Both Democrats and Republicans believe in the importance of a free Internet, so Congress should pass legislation to keep it that way.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: FAA needs to get ahead of drone use with new regulations

U.S. companies will continue to lose ground, and the illicit use of drones will continue to rise, until the FAA sets rules that make sense.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Raising the gasoline tax needs bipartisan support

The new Congress has some Republicans talking about the need to increase the federal gasoline tax in order to secure enough money to ensure that our roads and bridges are maintained.

DEAR READER: Terrorists spread, not suppress, Charlie Hebdo's free speech

Charlie Hebdo's cartoons are seen 'round the world now. And the assassins found out that you shouldn't bring a gun to a pen fight.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Robust economy showcases flaws of government spending

The private sector does a much better job than government of allocating scarce resources for maximum benefit.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mario Cuomo governed by inspiration to help and persuade

Few people of his generation had the capacity of Mario Cuomo to convey the struggles of the American people with such eloquence and passion.