GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislative reform needed at state, federal levels

The last time the U.S. Congress' approval rating was above 30 percent was in 2009. It hasn't topped 50 percent in the past decade. Missouri's legislature isn't far behind when it comes to poor leadership and ethical failures. So what needs to change before our elected officials become effective again?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Make feeding the hungry a holiday tradition

It's not too early to make our annual appeal: This holiday season, give the gift of food. And health.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Opposition to new revenue sources hurts the city

The citizens of Columbia will not support additional sources of revenue to include tax increases: No new home taxes, no taxes for roads, no new sales taxes or taxes of any kind.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time to get smarter about student debt

Nationally, students are graduating college with an average debt of $28,400. The average in Missouri is lower, at $24,957, but not by much.

GUEST COMMENTARY: How employers overwork without overtime

There used to be a big distinction between hourly and salaried employees. That wasn’t by accident.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: O'Fallon gets serious about distracted driving

O'Fallon City Council passes a law that bans texting-while-driving for everyone.

DEAR READER: Racist acts and Ferguson counterprotests in Rosebud

When does legitimate protest cross over to hate speech? What's a journalist's role in labeling these acts?


ROSE NOLEN: One winter long ago: Cold winds, warm neighbors

A chilling breeze brings cold breaths and warm memories of a winter long past.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Soldiers over schoolchildren prioritized by Gov. Nixon

A special legislative session should be called for to prioritize children and education, not just to give corporations tax breaks and cut pensions.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No 'consensus' on Prop 2 on November ballot

I would express that it seems erroneous to say there was a consensus and further to call into question the thinking that supports an idea that REDI is in a position to weigh in on these kinds of issues that are going to the vote.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Coverage of factory farming risks appreciated

Members of the Friends of Responsible Agriculture express gratitude for Missourian coverage on concentrated animal feeding operations.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The system must be changed

If it had not been for protesters blocking traffic, showing up to malls, boycotting Black Friday and disrupting life as usual, we would not be seeing President Obama talking about legislation to de-militarize the police.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Belated steps to enforce Title IX seem to be a good start

Although MU has pledged itself to "prompt investigations" and "timely action" regarding sexual harassment and assault, the university continues its search for a permanent Title IX coordinator.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Public servants should listen to constituents

If after all, your position contrary to public demands is simply the case of an unreasonable hubris (i.e. “I know better”), then you may go the way of others.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: FAA approach to drones threatens important uses

A new proposal on commercial drones is expected to require operators to have a pilot's license for a manned aircraft. Operators also would be required to keep the drones in sight at all times.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Immigration order and eligibility for benefits

By extending certain rights to people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally, President Obama is getting closer to letting them obtain insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

STEVE SPELLMAN: A powder keg like Ferguson could happen almost anywhere

 Much has been said about racism, poverty, police aggression, the breakdown of law and order, but there's more at work here.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pretrial prisoner release plans seem to be working

Franklin County could become the next Missouri county to adopt a pretrial prisoner release plan, which would ease crowding conditions at the county jail in Union.


DAVID ROSMAN: Ferguson conversation needs to move on — to education, economics, race and trust

GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislature can raise fuel tax with a public vote

Using 1 percent of previous state revenue as a cap, the legislature can collect an additional $84 million or so in fuel taxes next year, writes Joseph Miller, a policy researcher at the Show-Me Institute.