Guest Commentaries

JILL RICHARDSON: Do your kids a favor — give them a chance to pick apples

Whether you munch on apples, carrots, celery or peaches, you're doing your body a favor whenever you simply eat fruits and veggies. When it comes to getting your kids to eat fruits and vegetable, apple picking is the ultimate low-hanging fruit.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: As Eric Holder resigns, a confusing legacy as attorney general

Holder, the nation's first black attorney general, fiercely defended civil rights, but his treatment of civil liberties and refusal to prosecute the bankers behind the 2008 financial crisis leaves much to be questioned.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: U.S., extremists are not playing the same game

The U.S. needs to focus on women's education in the long-term battle against extremists.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A moving train can't stop for drivers or pedestrians

In 2013, 64 crossing crashes and trespassing incidents resulted in 14 fatalities and 38 injuries in the state.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Appalling events keep troubling Secret Service

Recent revelations show that in the past five years 16 people have jumped the White House fence, putting the president, his family and White House staff at risk. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Military culture on trial at Fort Leonard Wood

The trial of Army Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez highlighted one concern that victims' advocates fear most — allegations of intimidation and threats of retaliation for reporting sexual assaults.

GUEST COMMENTARY: A better way than flushing gallons down the toilet

The EPA says that an average American family of four can flush more than 100 gallons of water per day down the toilet. Innovations like low-flow toilets and waterless urinals can decrease the amount of water pouring into treatment plants.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pulling plug on wind farm was right move

The developer of a proposed wind farm has dropped its plan for a wind-power project in the northwest part of the state. However, Missouri should create a board that would review and permit placements of future wind-power projects.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Looking for integrity and character in the NFL

The NFL will lose its dominance in the American entertainment landscape if it doesn't devise a comprehensive solution for handling player misconduct issues.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's time to protect journalists who risk their lives

Journalists' work is essential to democracy, and we should extend to them basic protections.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time to ban all texting and driving

Kansas gets it right. The state bans all drivers from texting and driving via its state laws. Missouri and Oklahoma should do the same.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama's ISIS strategy has a long shot at victory

The problem is more political than military, and always was.

GUEST COMMENTARY: MU is not straightforward on climate change

MU advertises its commitment to green initiatives, but its actions fall short of that goal.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hefty funding to stop border crossings needs review

Given the hefty price tag of border surge operations — now the exclusive burden of Texas taxpayers — more realistic goals are needed.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New language in early-voting ballot issue makes sense

The proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot will ask Missouri voters whether to authorize a no-excuses-needed early voting period for future general elections.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Movement to ban plastic bags gains steam

California is on the verge of becoming the first state to make it against the law for stores to give shoppers disposable plastic bags with their purchases.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Take this civics quiz that only 4 percent of high school students passed

The Missouri Civics Education Initiative is promoting a state law that requires high school students to pass a civics test before graduation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's hunger problem keeps getting worse

Over the past decade, as a percentage of population, more Missourians have fallen into hunger, defined in a USDA report as “very low food security,” than in any state in the nation.

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.