DEAR READER: Too cold, wet, nasty and windy — but there's always news to cover

The most recent unpleasantness, a snowstorm that sauntered in on Tuesday, shut down the city. Students and professionals responded in the way they always do when there's a big story: by going toward the action, not away from it. It was a grand effort over the next two days.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: With 1,200 open seats on state boards and commission, action is needed

Some lawmakers believe Gov. Jay Nixon isn’t moving quickly enough on appointments, and they have proposed legislation to require more timely action.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: After all the dreary news, athletes are now the Olympic stars

As so often happens at the Olympics — and often out of nowhere — athletes will put their own stamp on the Games with some brilliant performances on the ice or snow.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Phillip Seymour Hoffman followed others down path to self-destruction

The death of another celebrity suggests a need for soul-searching in a society that seems to carry a burden of trauma, need and frustration. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Take a balanced approach to future of Ozark Riverways

The reality, of course, is that people in both camps recognize the gem that is the Ozark National Scenic Riverways and want to protect it for future generations. They just have different ideas about how to get there.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'America the Beautiful' in many languages aptly reflects the country

Coca-Cola's multilingual Super Bowl ad caused controversy this week with Fox commentators such as Glenn Beck and Todd Starnes. But Americans have been speaking other languages since the country was founded.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Rush to amend the Constitution weakens state government

A Constitution is a framework for government, not a document to be altered in cavalier or willy-nilly fashion. The irony is every constitutional alteration weakens the legislative process.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time for lawmakers to see writing on wall about same-sex marriage

The ban has done nothing to decrease the number of same-sex couples statewide. All it has done is allow the state to legally discriminate against them. There is no other way to describe how heterosexual couples are allowed all the rights and incidents of marriage while homosexual couples are not.

DAVID ROSMAN: We really don't need an official state greeting, do we?

House Bill 1642 is an effort by Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, D-Berkeley, to make the high-five Missouri's official greeting.

ROSE NOLEN: Find the worth in every person

The anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision raised the opportunity to discuss social change, and the benefit to approaching different opinions with a sense of understanding.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More robust protection needed for Current, Jacks Fork rivers

This is our opportunity to insist that the National Park Service use the plan update to provide management that broadens the types of visitors we hope to attract.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: If men could have babies, there would be no abortion controversy

Lawmakers jump at any chance to get their views "on the record" on abortion.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's not smart to send well-educated immigrants back home

Newcomers are good for the economy. They don't take jobs away from native-born Americans, they create jobs for everyone.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pete Seeger left a long musical legacy

Pete Seeger, who died Jan. 27, contributed to the cultivation and popularization of country and folk music in America during the 1960s. He also founded the Newport Folk Festival, which was where artists like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan began to gain popularity.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reform, not spending, should top the state's agenda

Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address reflects a change in attitude regarding tax policy, Medicaid spending and education funding that is problematic for Missouri.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: High five as official greeting or legislative silliness?

House Bill 1624, introduced by Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, D-Berkeley, proposes that the "high five" be the official state greeting. No other state in the union has an official greeting.


GUEST COMMENTARY: The push for weed sounds a lot like the push for casinos

James E. Fisher of St. Louis University likens the push toward legalization of marijuana to the legalization of gambling in casinos in the 1990s.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Changes up in the air for Kansas City airport

A report from Frasca & Associates challenged some concerns that airlines serving the airport presented to a citizens commission earlier this month.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's too late to help Sasha Menu Courey, but not too late for justice

Mr. Wolfe’s call for action could have a significant impact on how future assault cases are handled by Mizzou and the other schools in the system.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medicaid expansion is the only option for Missouri

Many people who frequent emergency rooms are doing so because they do not have access to preventive care. Medicaid expansion would provide this care for many of them.