Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: New federal food guidelines are a bold move

“A healthy dietary pattern,” a draft from the Department of Health and Human Services says flat out, is “lower in red and processed meat” and “low in sugar-sweetened foods and drinks and refined grains.”

EDITORIAL: Remembering Tom Schweich, 1960-2015

He believed in honesty, integrity and good government. He may not have looked like a giant, but he might have become one.

EDITORIAL: Popular Conservation Department in legislative cross-hairs

We're not sure why Missouri lawmakers would want to intrude upon one of the most successful operations in our state. In fact, the model used for the Missouri Department of Conservation is considered one of the best in the nation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Fuel taxes back on the table in Missouri legislature

A fuel tax, unlike sales taxes, is a fair and economically sound way of funding roads.

GUEST COMMENTARY: If your armed neighbor is angry, move

What kind of country do we live in, where it’s legal for a man to bring a weapon to a noise complaint? Or a parking dispute?

EDITORIAL: Most voters want government to cut spending

So deep is American support for government to rein in spending that even boosters of the military, a traditionally strong area, do not come through unscathed.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Some leaders take climate concern more seriously than others

Polls show that the American people — including a majority of Republican voters — overwhelmingly want the government to take climate action and promote clean energy.

EDITORIAL: Missouri highways a wreck waiting to happen

There may not be enough state money to qualify for Missouri’s share of federal highway funds, which means the federal gasoline taxes Missourians pay at the pump will end up going to other states.

EDITORIAL: Packing heat on campus — so many things could go wrong

Gun advocates have identified a new scene where bans on firearms must be lifted: college campuses, but the idea has deadly potential.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama's use of BuzzFeed to sell health care is political future

This is the new media universe at work, and any candidate for president in 2016 who doesn't understand and utilize this universe will be at a huge disadvantage.

EDITORIAL: Attacks on Missouri Conservation Department miss their mark

Punishing a respected department when state legislators don't get their way is mean and short-sighted.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Plastic bag ban would impose punishing rules

Ideally, ban proponents would show real leadership through education and advocacy to make environmentally friendly bag use the cultural norm, instead of imposed by law.

EDITORIAL: UMKC learns hard lessons about college rankings

Chancellor's public apology for trumped-up ratings in the School of Management was welcome but belated.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 2016 presidential race is already looking ugly and expensive

We need a system where everyone participates and everyone's voice is heard. We need to ensure that everyone knows who is trying to buy influence in our elections and government.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Student loan forgiveness is a shell game

Buried in the White House budget is a $21.8 billion writedown on the government's student loan portfolio that no one seems to want to mention — perhaps because taxpayers can expect more red ink to come.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Building an aqueduct across Kansas is ludicrous

Gov. Jay Nixon has called the notion of siphoning off the Missouri River a "hare-brained idea" and stated plainly: "We can't let that happen."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: More clout needed to fight drug traffic on U.S. borders

Two members of Congress, a Republican and a Democrat, have introduced legislation that would channel resources — technology, personnel — to places where stronger response is needed.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress shouldn't let the Pentagon blast away its spending caps

The $534-billion base military budget — which doesn’t even include all that money Washington spends on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria — is bigger, adjusting for inflation, than it’s ever been.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposed net neutrality rules promise to keep Internet open

New rules would give the FCC the strong authority it needs to prevent Internet service providers from blocking or interfering with online content.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Telling the truth about religious violence

President Obama said, at an inter-faith event, that we shouldn’t hold all Muslims responsible for the acts of a relative few. Christianity also has a skeleton or two in its historical closet.