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Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't buy into this ill-conceived amendment on teacher evaluations

The best teachers adapt their instruction to reach the greatest number of students. We fear a statewide standard may not acknowledge and reward that asset and, worse, might discourage teachers from reaching out to the spectrum of students.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: St. Louis 'craft beer' has suspicious origins

This is craft beer on a semi-industrial scale, but still keeping production under the arbitrary 6-million-barrel-a-year limit that the Brewers Association says defines a craft beer.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Even when Rex loses, Missouri loses worse

If money is a form of speech, as the court has ruled, then Mr. Sinquefield is talking freely, loudly and ceaselessly.

WHAT OTHER SAY: Why America should care about Scottish secession

Neither Scotland nor England has a real plan about how to go forward if the two lands, linked for more than three centuries, are suddenly severed.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Veto session does offer few encouraging signs

Sen. Bob Dixon of Springfield and Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City were among the Republican lawmakers who backed off targeted tax relief in favor of pursuing more far-reaching tax reform when the regular session convenes in January.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: America's reluctant warrior-in-chief needs allies

A discussion about what national security interests are at stake is essential. A forecast of possible exit options would be helpful. Playing politics while U.S. troops have their hides on the line is despicable.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: To the NFL: This is what domestic assault looks like

When powerful people don't call out domestic violence as a brutal act worthy of stiff punishment, every victim suffers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mo. lawmakers show 'callous disregard' for women

Missouri's new 72-hour abortion waiting period is the second-most restrictive abortion law in the country.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Highway tolls forecast economic disaster

Tolling existing interstates is double taxation because it charges people for using roads for which their tax dollars have already paid.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama strategy against ISIS — deliberate, thorough, cautious

To have an actual national conversation about ISIS, we first need to understand what it is and how we can beat it.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Foot-dragging on drones hurts Missouri farms

The longer our government takes to vet the use of drones and to provide meaningful guidance to private interests — with agriculture near the top of that list — then the greater risk we'll miss out on realizing the full potential of this new technology.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why another task force? Solutions to violence are obvious

We need policies and programs to genuinely address the problems that have systematically ushered our young people from the cradle to the prison industrial complex.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Governor's vetoes on guns, abortion, e-cigarettes need to stand

But most of Nixon’s vetoes were imposed because of drafting errors or because the bills represented bad public policy.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time to step up and help protect your neighborhood

This year marks the 31st installment of National Night Out, a partnership among residents, law enforcement officers and Neighborhood Watch groups.

JILL RICHARDSON: Watch out for the toxic chemicals in camping gear

In a life full of risks, stay a little safer by avoiding flame retardant chemicals.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: CVS takes bold stance and drops tobacco products

When CVS announced its plans, company leaders said the sales of tobacco, and its harmful and widespread effects on people, contradicted the company's broader mission in delivering health care.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The high cost of journalism in dangerous places

Journalists have died in dangerous places for as long as newspapers and war correspondents have existed. The Committee to Protect Journalists says 1,073 journalists have died, worldwide, since 1992.

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.

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