ROSE NOLEN: When dreams of country living collide with reality

Rose Nolen used to dream of living in a country farmhouse, but safety concerns about living so far from others eventually led her to stay in town.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Legislators accept shameful amount of lobbyist gifts

In the first four months of 2014, Missouri legislators received $558,813 worth of gifts from lobbyists.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Outcast drug thalidomide shows promise in cancer treatment

Thalidomide was once used to treat morning sickness during pregnancy but was found to cause severe birth defects. Decades later, researchers in Japan and the U.S. have made discoveries about thalidomide linked to cancer treatment that may change the drug's negative reputation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Farming is a bright spot in U.S. economy

The dismal trade picture in the U.S. would be much worse if it were not for the success of American farmers, ranchers and agricultural industries in cultivating foreign markets.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A brighter day dawning for day care in Missouri

Some 3,900 day cares in homes, churches and schools that receive funds through Missouri’s subsidy program are not inspected by state child care regulators. Under legislation awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon’s signature, that would change.

GUEST COMMENTARY: To cut out sugar, don't attempt moderation

The “normal” amount of sugar people eat in our country isn’t actually healthy. On average, U.S. adults eat more than twice as many calories from added sweeteners than they should. This means that our idea of moderation is often still too much sugar.

DEAR READER: It's ludicrous to say sexual assault victims are part of privileged class

In the conversation about sexual assault on campus, the UM System has taken one step forward, while George Will has taken two steps back.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's not share the road with sleep-deprived truck drivers

A proposed change to federal regulations would effectively let drivers put in as many as 82 hours a week behind the wheel. The change is backed by the trucking industry and opposed by safety advocates and the Obama administration.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Push for more pre-K education has state, nation on right track

The National Governors Association embraces the idea of spending more federal money on early childhood education while urging the federal government to give states flexibility in how they spend the money.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Small gestures yield happy neighborhoods

It’s easy these days to dwell on the world’s cruelties, or to yield to the isolation of technology. Curbside kindnesses remind us that sharing is alive and well.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gun lust is costing us our freedom

No one is less free than a man, woman or child who must live in fear of death.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Plan to ease student debt was good idea with sloppy execution

The amount of outstanding student loans soared past the trillion-dollar mark several years ago, an amount greater than either credit card debt or auto loan debt.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 100 days after Malaysia Flight 370 disappeared, more questions remain

Flight MH370 is Malaysia's nightmare in more ways than one. Unprecedented in aviation history, it challenges the ingenuity of a small, economically emerging nation.

DAVID ROSMAN: Gov. Nixon should veto religious 'liberty' bill

Rosman argues HB 1303 could create problems for instructor oversight and could create the perception that a school is sponsoring a particular religion.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax breaks seriously threaten quality of state services

If Republican leaders try to override special-interest tax break vetoes this fall, Nixon must be prepared to slash proposed spending for state programs as early as next month.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New immigration crisis looms in wake of drug violence

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Oh, deer: Will we hunt 'livestock'?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Find a solution for child abuse in Mo.

GENE ROBERTSON: We must demand accountability

Accountability is the responsibility of all parties involved, and should not be only considered at the end of the situation — it should be a process explained when an idea is conceived.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Transportation sales tax is inequitable, inconsistent, ill-advised

This matters because lower-income residents pay a higher proportion of their incomes in sales tax but use the highways less than average. Meanwhile, the truck operators who stand to benefit greatly from road investments hardly would be impacted.