WHAT OTHERS SAY: Setting standards for Missouri schools needs serious attention

Setting good and challenging standards should in no way impede a teacher's ability to teach that subject or grade level.

DAVID ROSMAN: Proposed amendment would throw state budget out of whack

On the surface, Amendment 10 seems to be a good proposal, but looking closely, the amendment is worrisome for both parties.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We can't go on eating like this

Agriculture is pushing up global temperatures and draining our resources. High- and low-tech solutions have been proposed, but the real answer might be to use all of them.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon fine with favors, as long as he's handing them out

Missouri legislators are willing to pass a special law for one company while schools are under-funded and food insecurity rates increase.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Amendment 3 doesn't serve educators or students

"Teaching great" is never a one-size-fits-all idea as Amendment 3 assumes. There is no other profession expected to change the world every day and then measure with an assessment like public education.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Watch for deer and spare yourself, and your car

As the animals' mating season continues, motorists are encouraged to stay alert.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: So much pink, so little money for breast cancer research

NFL fans so inclined can get their favorite team jerseys, hats, and just about anything else sporting the pink ribbon or done in a pink color scheme. But breast cancer research only gets about 5 percent of that revenue.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Olive Garden CEO richly rewarded for a job badly done

Altogether, the top three executives for the company that owns the Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse are leaving their jobs with combined compensation valued at an estimated $68 million.

GENE ROBERTSON: Injustice demands concern and early intervention

In order to fix injustices early, participate in the voting process and address relevant community issues.

DEAR READER: It's time to stem tide of disappearance of 'about'

Breaking the so-called rules of language seems to be happening with more frequency. It would be much more effective if the rules were broken on purpose instead of misusing words out of ignorance.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sen. Claire McCaskill's college tour gives sexual violence deserved attention

The Missouri Democrat hopes her proposed Campus Accountability and Safety Act can pass Congress in 2015.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time for Missouri to take the Sunshine Law seriously

A report released earlier this week by Auditor Tom Schweich shows transparency violations throughout Missouri. Attorney General Chris Koster must press the case all over the state that the Sunshine Law is a valuable accountability tool for citizens.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Sexual violence finally has attention of those with influence

Sen. Claire McCaskill said at a meeting in Columbia Tuesday morning that she thinks MU “has turned the corner.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri needs tax cuts, not tax breaks

If the economic environment is "ripe" for incentives, then it is also ripe for broad-based tax cuts.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: R.I.P. Saturday morning cartoons

The CW Network, the last bastion of Saturday morning cartoons debuted a five-hour package of educational and informational shows. No longer are there cartoons on network television.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Another layer of protection against Ebola makes sense

Air travelers are screened in West Africa before they are allowed to leave their countries. Still, the American health care system needs to react with greater vigilance when cases of Ebola do reach this country.

STEVE SPELLMAN: You can't legislate morality, in either direction

Political activist Jennifer Bukowsky made important points about Republicans stepping back from legislating moral issues, including gay marriage and marijuana laws.

DAVID ROSMAN: Urging mass resignation is misguided way to oppose the president

Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn just wrong-headed in urging U.S. generals to resign as a protest to President Obama's foreign policies.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Learn the symptoms of mental illness, promote understanding

One of the main messages of Mental Illness Awareness Week stresses spotting indicators of illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia with the goal of timely intervention in mind.


GENE ROBERTSON: Support for Fire and Police departments should be voted on separately

Voters must become better informed and active if we want our taxes to address our needs rather than the needs of politicians and administrators.