GUEST COMMENTARY: Dining in Europe can be safer than in the U.S.

Europe is much stricter than our country about what kinds of chemicals get into the food chain. Europeans don’t find many — if any — artificial dyes in their food. They can also rest assured that their cows aren’t shot up with artificial growth hormones. Regulation did that.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Right to Farm is a waste of time

Changing the state constitution to give extra protection to an industry that has had its way in Missouri since the founding of the state shuts consumers out completely.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon's vetoes: Good for the state, not an economic roadblock

The governor contends the measures will punch a $425 million hole in the state’s budget, as well as diminish revenues for local governments. Proponents of the measure should respond with facts about the financial repercussions.

DEAR READER: Spending 'beach reading' afternoon with Justin Bieber, really

There are plenty of candidates for leisure reading this summer. First up is something that certainly fulfills that "not-so-complicated plot" requirement for a beach read.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: World Cup overshadowed by discontent with power politics

For many in Brazil, a country with a long love affair with fútbol, not to mention more than its share of World Cup victories, the costs are just too much.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon should veto gun bills that increase likelihood of violence

If Gov. Jay Nixon fails to veto the two gun bills on his desk, Missouri is likely to experience an uptick in gun violence. The bills would make it more difficult for police officers to protect themselves and the public.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Take a look at Plan B, which could help solve the city's problems

Petitions threaten to overturn City Council development actions, but downtown zoning and overflowing sewers are issues the public and the council should agree on.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon's vetoes of costly tax breaks protects Missourians

It would be unwise to slash into revenues so deeply that it threatened funding for public schools, universities and services for six million residents.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Student loan proposal will ease debt, boost economy

Solving out-of-control student debt is mission critical for boosting America's economy. Some 40 million Americans have student loans totaling $1.3 trillion.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Fiscal impact of health care act appears impossible to trace

The Congressional Budget Office, which four years ago said Obamacare would reduce the deficit by $120 billion over 10 years, now says measuring the law's fiscal impact is impossible because of all the changes.

DAVID ROSMAN: Right to Farm amendment would cause mischief to state agriculture

Columnist David Rosman discusses the reasons he is opposed to the proposed Right to Farm amendment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon's opposition to transportation tax is unfortunate

The governor said the legislature has "misguided policies" on taxes, but he has not offered an alternative on how to generate more revenue for transportation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's alarming what data brokers know about Americans

By vacuuming up information from social media postings, combing through online consumer transactions and adding public records to the mix, these aggregators create powerful and detailed profiles.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: MoDOT makes case for supporting transportation sales tax

Over the last three years, MoDOT has made some tough cuts to personnel, facilities and equipment and has saved more than $500 million. But we know we cannot cut our way to a functional, safe and prosperous transportation system.

ROSE NOLEN: A small-town, big-city girl wrapped up in one person

The important thing is to find the good life where ever you are.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Therapy can help one cope with being human

That meme still implies that the people who should undergo therapy are those with big problems. Jill Richardson disagrees. Nearly everyone should get therapy, if they have the means — and a good therapist.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Right to farm' proposal lacks substance

The August amendment is a virtual “No Trespassing” sign aimed at pesky groups concerned with animal welfare, genetically modified food, use of antibiotics in livestock, etc. But free speech, including theirs, is enshrined the the U.S. Constitution.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Pension plans derail efforts to improve public schools

What if instead of busing students from failing school districts to accredited ones, we bused great teachers from accredited schools into the failing districts? There is one obstacle standing in the way of turning this into a reality in our two biggest cities: the incompatibility of different pension systems.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Attorney general is wrong about Missouri executions

As ideas go, this one is better than Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s suggestion a year ago that the state should consider killing people with a gas chamber. But not by a lot.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Killing spree gave rise to needed conversation

If Elliot Rodger left anything good in the wake of his rampage, it is the opportunity to have a discussion about misogyny, about the power of women in society and about the murky outlines of American cultural values.