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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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: 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.

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.