GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri should embrace the Common Core conflict

The citizens of Missouri are a diverse group of individuals. To avoid conflict among this disparate group of individuals, there are only two things we can do – stop centrally imposing standards or suppress the voices of some citizens.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop trying to standardize teachers

The value of a teacher goes beyond test scores.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote to increase development fees

Rise in the fee will bring road construction subsidy to a fairer level.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Proposition 1 is a shell game that will be played again

With local taxes already high enough for any reasonable person, public safety should get whatever may be needed from the taxes we already pay.

ROSE NOLEN: Sometimes, a patchwork family works well for everyone

Love and caring, not biology, is what holds a family together.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Limit on governor's authority to balance state budget is a bad idea

Amendment 10 on the November ballot is an effort to fix something that is not broken.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Taxpayers should not pay to prop up developers

It is not right that Columbia residents are expected to pick up more and more of the slack when development fees don’t keep pace. If additional tax dollars have to be spent on new infrastructure for new development it leaves less tax dollars for other services our city needs and wants.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The filthy rich could learn a few lessons from the rest of us

There is no special trait among the wealthy, so it's time to pay attention to low-income workers and advocates.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kim Shaw is most qualified for associate circuit judge

Kim Shaw, who is running for Division 5 associate circuit judge, has the necessary criminal and civil law experience.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New development should pay fair share for roads, reduce cost to taxpayers

Recognizing that different uses generate different amounts of traffic, Proposition 2, which is on the Nov. 4 ballot, would raise the charge for new construction to $1 per square foot for residential, $1.50 per square foot for nonresidential with low traffic and $2 per square foot for nonresidential with high traffic.

GEORGE KENNEDY: With Ginny Chadwick, a need to better communicate

Chadwick's votes against causes she supported in her election campaign have drawn the ire of her constituents.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Marijuana edibles cause long list of concerns in Colorado

The budding marijuana industry in Colorado leaves edible products with a high chance of being mistaken for a treat by children. Lawmakers should push to better regulate and label these products.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislators fight Ebola with ignorance

Politicians are using scientifically unfounded fearmongering to gain political leverage.

TIM MAYLANDER: Hiring more officers may not be cheap but is greatly needed

On Nov. 4, Columbia residents will decide if they want to raise their property taxes to pay for more police officers. While the officers won't come cheap, they are desperately needed and raising the property tax incrementally is the best way to do it.

DAVID ROSMAN: Drawing the line on religious practices in schools

There is no reason that a student cannot bring a Bible to school, as long as an atheist can bring Christopher Hitchens’ “God Is Not Great” on the same day.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Drop in student loan defaults is welcome sign

The national student loan default rate fell from 14.7 percent to 13.7 percent from 2010 to 2011.

ROSE NOLEN: Preparing for holidays was — almost always — a treat and a blessing

The bounty of summer became the bounty of the holiday season as family members gathered to share stories and food — lots of food.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The wageless recovery might bring humbug to the holidays

Despite a recovering economy, the Census Bureau reports that in 2013, the median household had $4,500 less buying power than it did in 2007, which could result in fewer purchases during the holidays.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Schools are failing to provide adequate job preparation

Bill Daggett, founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, believes a culture change in education is needed that prepares students for the jobs of the future.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nobel winners must light way to end India, Pakistan fighting

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi should set an example for their countries' leaders, who are continuing the battle over Kashmir.