WHAT OTHERS SAY: America's reluctant warrior-in-chief needs allies

A discussion about what national security interests are at stake is essential. A forecast of possible exit options would be helpful. Playing politics while U.S. troops have their hides on the line is despicable.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: To the NFL: This is what domestic assault looks like

When powerful people don't call out domestic violence as a brutal act worthy of stiff punishment, every victim suffers.

DEAR READER: Amendment 3 campaign falls flat, but how to assess teachers rolls on

Proponents of the amendment to mandate teacher evaluations by student progress didn't like what they saw in the polls and withdrew from active campaigning.  Amendment 3 might not pass, but it's not going away.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mo. lawmakers show 'callous disregard' for women

Missouri's new 72-hour abortion waiting period is the second-most restrictive abortion law in the country.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Early childhood education, job prospects could fight crime

Instead of investing in the police force, we should be putting our money toward long-term solutions.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Highway tolls forecast economic disaster

Tolling existing interstates is double taxation because it charges people for using roads for which their tax dollars have already paid.

DAVID ROSMAN: Memory of 9/11 reinforces need to strangle new threats of terrorism

We need to act, and we need to act sooner rather than later. America’s air support of the Iraqi and Kurdish ground troops is only a start.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama strategy against ISIS — deliberate, thorough, cautious

To have an actual national conversation about ISIS, we first need to understand what it is and how we can beat it.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: NFL commissioner should be fired

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell betrayed the faith of NFL fans — especially women — and lost all credibility after his bungling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Here's an idea: Pay for the services you use

The Missouri Department of Transportation and Columbia's Solid Waste Division are slowly going broke. Better pricing methods and delegation to locals hold the key to both crises.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Foot-dragging on drones hurts Missouri farms

The longer our government takes to vet the use of drones and to provide meaningful guidance to private interests — with agriculture near the top of that list — then the greater risk we'll miss out on realizing the full potential of this new technology.

ROSE NOLEN: New lessons are needed to solve bullying

Bullying is a childhood disease that needs to be cured.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: America's low minimum wage is shameful

If worker productivity was the basis for determining the minimum wage, it would be $18.67. If it had kept pace with wage growth of the country’s top 1 percent, the pay would be $28 an hour.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why another task force? Solutions to violence are obvious

We need policies and programs to genuinely address the problems that have systematically ushered our young people from the cradle to the prison industrial complex.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Governor's vetoes on guns, abortion, e-cigarettes need to stand

But most of Nixon’s vetoes were imposed because of drafting errors or because the bills represented bad public policy.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time to step up and help protect your neighborhood

This year marks the 31st installment of National Night Out, a partnership among residents, law enforcement officers and Neighborhood Watch groups.

JILL RICHARDSON: Watch out for the toxic chemicals in camping gear

In a life full of risks, stay a little safer by avoiding flame retardant chemicals.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Job applicants lack fundamental skills, but schools aren't the only ones to blame

Employers in Kansas City can't fill jobs because applicants can't read or write, and the responsibility for that falls on everyone.

DEAR READER: Why I'm throwing away NFL team's T-shirt

A racist team name makes a former favorite T-shirt a necessary addition to the garbage pile.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time to ground high-flying lottery officials

As the Missouri Lottery sends less money to schools, officials are flying across the country on public contractor's dime.