WHAT OTHERS SAY: Debate about Kansas teacher shortage isn't over

Professionals in fields other than teaching can connect with students and get them excited about learning.


ROSE NOLEN: Lock up your guns and keep children from dying

With more and more children dying from gun violence, it's time for parents to take a stand to prevent anymore deaths. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's give Obama credit for deal with China on emissions

Many federal rules passed in recent decades have protected the health of millions of Americans without killing jobs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Health care act has one key purpose: affordable insurance

Four conservative Supreme Court justices will decide if the Affordable Care Act's subsidies are legal.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Follow the leader and consider taxes on soda

The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than six teaspoons of these sugars per day and urges men to limit themselves to nine. Yet the average American consumes 7.5 teaspoons a day just from sugary drinks alone.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pay attention to winter weather warnings

In preparation for winter, advisories have been prepared by the State Emergency Management Agency, Missouri Department of Transportation, the Missouri Highway Patrol and the U.S. Postal Service.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislature must adopt a Ferguson agenda

The 2015 legislative session must be different. The post-Ferguson landscape demands it.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Go forward with Keystone XL pipeline, but also pursue energy independence

The U.S. needs to become independent of foreign oil, so the pipeline should be approved. But we must simultaneously take steps that move the country closer to a new form of energy.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Democrats paid heavily for their political failures

The Democratic Party is a collection of political strands that pull in one direction and push in the other.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let the debate over legalized marijuana begin in Missouri

Legalizing marijuana could reduce the prison population, help fund Missouri schools and help drive the state's economy.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Violence task force seems dedicated to real change

In carrying out the proposed solutions to community violence, the mayor's task force’s commitment to continuity is key.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: FBI agents cannot pose as journalists to trap targets

Government agents put journalists at physical risk by making sources believe normal journalists are spies.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Loretta Lynch should be confirmed promptly

Lynch deserves prompt confirmation as the next attorney general because a prolonged delay could open the door for political mischief and leave the Justice Department uncertain about its next boss.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The case of Robert De Niro and his property taxes

De Niro is just one of many who are punished for upgrading their property by paying higher taxes every year.


TIM MAYLANDER: Younger voters need to step it up when it comes to non-presidential elections

The midterm elections have come and gone, and Democrats took a beating at almost all levels of government. Voter turnout was especially low. So what's a reason for the lowest voter turnout this millennium? Millennials.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Rams should stay in St. Louis, but not at taxpayers' expense

Gov. Jay Nixon is working on a proposal to keep the Rams in St. Louis, but economic growth is not a valid argument.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Walking dead seem to be calling the election shots

"Dark money" is the underground practice of influencing politics without full disclosure to voters.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hunters can help protect deer herd from wasting disease

Chronic Wasting Disease was first detected in the state in 2010 in captive deer herds in north-central Missouri. Once the disease is established in a population, it is impossible to eradicate, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

DAVID ROSMAN: Time for same-sex marriage to apply to all in Missouri

The problem with the state judge's ruling is that it has been interpreted as applying only to St. Louis.


ROSE NOLEN: Fall is a lovely time to celebrate nature, family and the chilly season

Fall brings back cherished memories of family game nights, Thanksgiving dinners and preparation for Christmas.