GEORGE KENNEDY: Buddy Packs fill hunger gap for kids, but not enough

More resources are needed to provide enough weekend meals for students who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school.

DAVID ROSMAN: It's difficult to find a focus in the dog days of summer

Keeping up with politics can be hard, and that's OK.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Preventing sexual assault rests with everyone on campus

For sexual assaults on college campuses to be reduced, a cultural change is needed. Students should be willing to intervene in potentially threatening situations.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Keep the Ice Bucket Challenge spirit alive

The Internet sensation has raised close to $80 million for Lou Gehrig's disease research.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Homes on the auction block are a sad reminder of hard times

The selling of real estate for overdue property taxes shows the unseen dark side of how we pay for services in the community. Every time voters approve a new or extended property tax, it impacts those already struggling to stay in their homes.

ROSE NOLEN: Education once turned children into responsible adults

My brother could have helped win the war for education. As it was, he finished school about 40 years too late. He became a teacher when it became more important to parents to let their children have a good time in school rather than get a good education.

DEAR READER: 'Dog days of summer' arrive, but the fault is in the stars

The phrase, "dog days of summer" dates to the Greeks and Romans.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's important to guard against 'mission creep' in Iraq

Although the U.S. has acted appropriately in recent weeks, war-weary Americans deserve a firmer answer regarding the future of U.S. military involvement in Iraq.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Surplus military gear should not go to local police

Even though the officers of the Special Response Team of St. Joseph and Buchanan County decided the equipment was needed, many others in the community questioned that assessment, and well before the Ferguson police showdown with protesters.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Here's a ticket to Sarah Palin's funhouse

Instead of just another TV show, there’s a whole new channel that’s all Sarah Palin, all the time. Don’t look for it in your TV listings. It’s on the Internet, and a yearly subscription costs $99.95.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lessons from Ferguson — history of St. Louis offers plenty of clues

The anger that simmered and then exploded in Ferguson has its roots in something more than a white cop from a force that doesn’t look like its community killing — however it happened — an unarmed black kid. It stretches beyond the demographic changes over the past 25 years that had Ferguson turning from a majority white to a majority black inner-ring suburb of St. Louis.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Looking for information, photos about Vietnam casualties

The Missouri Press Association has joined the effort to find photographs of every U.S. Service member killed in action in Vietnam.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Warren Buffett's role in Burger King deal could backfire

This looming deal of food giants seeking a larger global footprint involves what’s called a tax inversion — Burger King, currently based in Miami, would move its headquarters to Canada and thus lower its U.S. tax bills.

DEAR READER: On whether and when to send a journalist to Ferguson

The story of protest and confrontation is a local story for every community in the country, even when your journalists stay home.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A first step in reining in the NSA

The Leahy bill addresses in only minor ways the collection of information about Americans as a byproduct of the electronic surveillance targeting foreigners living abroad.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gov. Nixon needs to be a more decisive leader in Ferguson

Going forward, Nixon needs to assert his authority and replace St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch with a special prosecutor to lead the investigation into Michael Brown’s death.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Events, years apart, act as reminder of racial strife, unrest

There is always a criminal element ready to use legitimate protest as an excuse to loot, burn and shoot.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A time to begin healing

Both Gov. Jay Nixon and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have appealed for calm instead of conflict.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Budgets need to match mental health awareness

Mental illness is hard to diagnose and hard to treat. No one ever argues that we need less access, but few in a position to make a difference have confronted the reality of just how hard it can be to get treatment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Audit indicts the credibility of Missouri education agency

The audit is of a $385,000 contract awarded in 2013 to Indianapolis-based CEE-Trust to study the then-unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools.