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Opinion

GUEST COMMENTARY: Shooting movies in Missouri provides few long-term benefits

Film tax credits don’t create long-term jobs, nor do they create sustainable economic growth for the state.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Push fruits and vegetables, not prescription drugs

In New York City, some hospitals are now giving children prescriptions for fruit and vegetables. The prescriptions can be exchanged at farmers’ markets for fresh produce, allowing low-income families to stretch their food budget.

GUEST COMMENTARY: After Prop 2 failure, city needs to muster and address growth responsibly

Proposition 2 would have raised developer fees to help with building the infrastructure that growth requires, but now the council must find an alternative. A solution won’t be easy to find.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: To the election winners: Use your power wisely

In Tuesday's election, Republicans posted significant wins, both nationally and locally. The power that comes with political victories, however, must not be abused.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Thanks to MoDOT for early winter prep

When winter weather is at its worst, state and local roads crews are at their best. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pope Francis puts evolution in right perspective

This pope has a talent for framing long-held beliefs in a fresh way, as he has done before in taking up the cause of the poor.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Anger and misinformation fueled Tuesday's election results

In Boone County and beyond, the results of Tuesday's election point to the growing mistrust between the community and its government.

GENE ROBERTSON: Devious intent, hidden agendas make the voting process a sham

When students, minorities and citizens at large view all of the participants in the democratic process as untrustworthy and predatory instead of as public servants, we are in trouble.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: What's ahead: Tax cuts for rich, pro-gun laws, fewer women's rights

The red wave that rolled across the country in Tuesday’s election washed control of the U.S. Senate from Democratic hands, solidified Republican control of the U.S. House and raised the Republicans’ veto-proof majorities in the Missouri Legislature to near-record levels.

STEVE SPELLMAN: As rural communities fade, their way of life continues to appeal

Although life wasn't perfect before machines replaced the work of rural farmers, there is something to be said for local raw honey and line-dried laundry.

DAVID ROSMAN: Deadly diseases should not become political issues

The fight against Ebola has become a political one with no winners.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tool to detect illegal immigration is valuable, not perfect

E-Verify determines whether job applicants are legally eligible to work in the U.S. Early iterations failed to detect illegal workers and often denied eligible applicants, but that may be changing. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ferguson no-fly zone cover-up threatens trust in police

St. Louis County police have said repeatedly that the restriction was solely for safety and was not intended to prevent media from witnessing the violence or the police response.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon must consider clemency petitions for 14 Missouri women

None of the 14 women poses a threat to society. But their sentences are in many cases disproportionate with penalties handed out to men who do present a menace.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New law puts disabled at risk

Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act aim to integrate disabled adults into the mainstream work force. The law fails to take into account that the needs and desires of those with disabilities vary widely.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Amid Ebola news, don't forget your flu shot

Anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of Americans catch the flu during flu season, which stretches from November to May.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Looking ahead if we get a GOP-controlled Congress

There's a small possibility that if Republicans take the Senate, they will be motivated to work with the president and make progress.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't forget: Elections are won by those who show up

Tuesday's election is sneaking up on most Missourians.

 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Amendment 3's approach to evaluating teachers is wrong

A former teacher and MU education professor explains how Amendment 3 glosses over the real issues of teacher evaluation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Voting for sex-crime amendment could deny fair trials

A Columbia-based attorney is concerned Amendment 2, which allows for evidence from other suspected crimes to be used against someone accused of child sexual abuse, will interfere with fair trial.

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