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GUEST COMMENTARY: Therapy can help one cope with being human

That meme still implies that the people who should undergo therapy are those with big problems. Jill Richardson disagrees. Nearly everyone should get therapy, if they have the means — and a good therapist.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Right to farm' proposal lacks substance

The August amendment is a virtual “No Trespassing” sign aimed at pesky groups concerned with animal welfare, genetically modified food, use of antibiotics in livestock, etc. But free speech, including theirs, is enshrined the the U.S. Constitution.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Attorney general is wrong about Missouri executions

As ideas go, this one is better than Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s suggestion a year ago that the state should consider killing people with a gas chamber. But not by a lot.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Pension plans derail efforts to improve public schools

What if instead of busing students from failing school districts to accredited ones, we bused great teachers from accredited schools into the failing districts? There is one obstacle standing in the way of turning this into a reality in our two biggest cities: the incompatibility of different pension systems.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Killing spree gave rise to needed conversation

If Elliot Rodger left anything good in the wake of his rampage, it is the opportunity to have a discussion about misogyny, about the power of women in society and about the murky outlines of American cultural values.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Quietly, an Ozark land trust shows how to get things done

The Ozark Regional Land Trust has protected more than 25,000 acres of Ozark and prairie habitat, and each square inch is worth preserving for future generations.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Republicans short of strategy before fall elections

The latest debate among party insiders is whether GOP House and Senate candidates should produce a document like the Contract With America that tells voters what to expect if Republicans win full control of Congress.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New EPA standards give kids a fighting chance

The director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign writes that we are the last generation with "the chance to turn the corner on climate disruption."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wait until facts are in to judge Sgt. Bergdahl

No matter the ifs and buts about how Bergdahl came to be under Taliban captivity, information known to this point shows he basically was a prisoner of war.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Soldier's return raises significant concerns

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Calling the bluff on legislative favors and sweetheart deals

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Veterans should have flexibility with medical care

DAVID ROSMAN: Small tax breaks add up to big losses in vital services

Rosman argues that the state's new tax-reduction deal will likely average less than $35 per person and adversely affect the bottom line of an already austere state budget.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 10 reasons to vote down the transportation sales tax

There is a lot of juice behind the three-quarter-cent state sales tax increase proposal, which would result in the largest tax increase in state history. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time for the state to get tough with Tyson

Tyson has an environmental legacy in Missouri that includes 20 violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The introduction of a chemical in Clear Creek is the latest issue.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Governor's tactics are alarming and ineffective

It's time the governor works with the legislature on budget issues, as well as other important legislation, rather than ringing alarms after the fact.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Prayer can have a place at public meetings

The most recent legal challenge was filed by two non-Christians who contended the prayers at public meetings in a New York state town should be more generic or diverse.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Climate change is real, and it's hurting us

Guest commentator Johann Bruhn writes about the consequences of climate change and urges readers to take action to save the planet.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Another run at solving execution issue

Attorney General Chris Koster's suggestion that Missouri make its own lethal drugs is grim and should not be seriously considered.

DEAR READER: Missourian site is ending its time paywall and moving to surveys for revenue

A program through Google will present short one- or two-question surveys before users can read a story. If you are a member, you won't see any surveys.

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