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Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Tolls on I-70 could be solution to MoDOT's funding problems

If the state would toll Interstate 70, both passenger and commercial vehicles would pay to use the interstate based on their size and distance traveled.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Iowa proposes dropping bar exam for state law graduates

Graduates of Drake University and University of Iowa law schools who intend to practice in Iowa would be granted a "diploma privilege," meaning they would be exempt from taking the exam.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Marking milestone 57 years after Brown v. Board of Education

Arkansas' capitol city was seen as a moderate Southern metropolis, and Gov. Orville Faubus was regarded as more progressive than the firebrand segregationists who dominated states such as Mississippi and Alabama.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Cameras, deadly force and another incident in St. Louis

The use of deadly force is complicated, and officers under stress often can't recount the exact details of a situation. Cameras are the best way to keep cops and the public safe.

GUEST COMMENTARY: A plea to give U.S. workers something to cheer about

Labor Day is a call to action to renew the working class.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Surplus military gear should not go to local police

Even though the officers of the Special Response Team of St. Joseph and Buchanan County decided the equipment was needed, many others in the community questioned that assessment, and well before the Ferguson police showdown with protesters.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Here's a ticket to Sarah Palin's funhouse

Instead of just another TV show, there’s a whole new channel that’s all Sarah Palin, all the time. Don’t look for it in your TV listings. It’s on the Internet, and a yearly subscription costs $99.95.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Looking for information, photos about Vietnam casualties

The Missouri Press Association has joined the effort to find photographs of every U.S. Service member killed in action in Vietnam.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Warren Buffett's role in Burger King deal could backfire

This looming deal of food giants seeking a larger global footprint involves what’s called a tax inversion — Burger King, currently based in Miami, would move its headquarters to Canada and thus lower its U.S. tax bills.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A first step in reining in the NSA

The Leahy bill addresses in only minor ways the collection of information about Americans as a byproduct of the electronic surveillance targeting foreigners living abroad.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gov. Nixon needs to be a more decisive leader in Ferguson

Going forward, Nixon needs to assert his authority and replace St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch with a special prosecutor to lead the investigation into Michael Brown’s death.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A time to begin healing

Both Gov. Jay Nixon and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have appealed for calm instead of conflict.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Budgets need to match mental health awareness

Mental illness is hard to diagnose and hard to treat. No one ever argues that we need less access, but few in a position to make a difference have confronted the reality of just how hard it can be to get treatment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Audit indicts the credibility of Missouri education agency

The audit is of a $385,000 contract awarded in 2013 to Indianapolis-based CEE-Trust to study the then-unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Army is flexible on tattoos

A policy restricting certain tattoos meant the loss of 2,500 enlistments this year, according to Maj. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Perry has brought himself, Texas to this juncture

Whatever the outcome of the criminal case against Gov. Rick Perry, the events that led to it are a reflection upon him and how he has chosen to govern.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Where are the answers in Brandon Ellingson's death?

Twelve weeks after the death of the Iowa man who drowned at Lake of the Ozarks, his family has not seen a final investigation report, or been told when it would be available.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Renewable fuels advance U.S. aims

St. Joseph boasts three facilities that produce renewable fuels, and there are two more just a few miles outside the city. Not only do these facilities provide local jobs, they give farmers in the region an additional market for their corn and soybeans.

GUEST COMMENTARY: No appetite for fixing school lunch

Making healthy food taste good will require a spending increase that's not on the table.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A 'generational event' demands a generational change from complacency

As the judicial process unfolds this fall, we’ll see Ferguson debated as part of the St. Louis County executive’s election. Ferguson could be, and should be, an object lesson in discussions about ending city-county fragmentation between now and 2016.

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