Guest Commentaries

STEVE SPELLMAN: Crisis of public trust should doom ballot propositions

A no vote on propositions 1 and 2 is a positive action, calling a "time out" to allow us to regroup, restore public trust and get our community back on track.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Government to shrink carbon footprint, save tax dollars

Uncle Sam will cut its carbon emissions by 40 percent over the next 10 years while ramping up renewable energy; the equivalent of taking 5.5 million cars off the road.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Fair trade is a racial justice issue

Hundreds of jobs could disappear from cities like Ferguson if the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment pact gets through Congress.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Founding fathers owe a lot to remarkable women

We can learn much about our nation's past by looking at the writings of women close to the political elite.

EDITORIAL: Pick up the pace on Rock Island Trail across Missouri

When done, it could stretch hundreds of miles across the state and help link the Kansas City area to Katy Trail.

EDITORIAL: When a pastor is deported, immigration laws hit home

Immigration is not an abstract issue. There are real people — sometimes our neighbors — behind the statistics. 

EDITORIAL: On Iran, Obama should not try to bypass Congress

A bipartisan bill is pending that would allow Congress to approve any deal with Iran. The administration has threatened to veto it if passed. Quite clearly, this is part of a continuing pattern by this White House to try to govern by executive decree.


EDITORIAL: In political ads, free speech may not grant anonymity

We foresee mischief if the courts rule the right to speak freely is the right to speak anonymously in political advertising.

EDITORIAL: Divided Congress needs to confront issue of defense spending

Those who argue for funneling billions more to the Pentagon stand on very shaky ground when billions of dollars have been squandered on troubled weapons like the F-35 fighter jet, and waste and corruption in Afghanistan.

EDITORIAL: New head of state public safety led efforts after Joplin tornado

Gov. Jay Nixon got a close look at Joplin in the aftermath of the 2011 tornado, and that's where he recognized Lane Roberts' leadership qualities.

EDITORIAL: History center in Southeast Missouri aspires to be destination

The 2,000-square-foot Cape Girardeau History Center at 102 High St. began its new life in the former Andrew Jackson Bridal Co. building with an exhibit titled "Spring Into History."

GUEST COMMENTARY: More than 130 days later, Loretta Lynch is still waiting

By infusing abortion politics into what was a bipartisan bill, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has created a multi-car pileup so huge that even Republican senators despair anything can get done.

GUEST COMMENTARY: My friends and I share a collective oppression

Racism is in everything from what you think when you see someone different from you to how you interact with people. It is in my classrooms. It was in my dorms. It is part of my life and stays on my mind from sun-up to sundown.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We cannot blame racism on others

We can look to the administration to change some policies — harsher penalties for harassment, for instance — but we have to look to each other for the subtler changes.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Change only happens when we show up for each other

Matters of inclusiveness and safety affect everyone on campus, due to reasons as insignificant as a person’s gender, sexual orientation or religion.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Pretending racism doesn't exist on campus benefits no one

If you want to grow into the best possible version of yourself, learn about other people and issues that are bigger than you.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Time to close loophole in Sunshine Law

State law should open the collective bargaining process between government and unions because the public pays for, and depends on, the policies set in these meetings.

EDITORIAL: Congress may help Americans keep watch on government

Government business is the people's business, and there should be only rare circumstances when government information cannot be public.

EDITORIAL: Take charge of your credit reports

Fully one in five consumers have an error in at least one of their three major credit reports, according to a 2013 Federal Trade Commission study.

EDITORIAL: Congress needs to authorize war on the Islamic State

President Obama in February asked Congress to approve an Authorization for Use of Military Force against the fanatical and bloodthirsty group that has scored significant military victories, and the administration insists that a new authorization is a priority.