Guest Commentaries

JILL RICHARDSON: Life in Anxietyland

The best thing you can do for someone suffering from anxiety is to listen without judging.

EDITORIAL: Removing Cuba from terror list is bowing to reality

Crossing Cuba off the list should not be deemed a reward but an acknowledgment of the change in behavior.

EDITORIAL: Hillary Clinton speaks message of everyday Americans, at least in her ad

The former secretary of state enunciated her views through the everyday Americans she featured in her online announcement — people of all ages, races, genders and sexual orientations looking hopefully toward the near future.

EDITORIAL: Obama's gamble on nuclear deal with Iran

Barack Obama's latest challenge is to convince Congress to support the Iranian nuclear framework agreement.

EDITORIAL: Better pay for low-wage workers would benefit everyone

Workers rallied in midtown Kansas City on Wednesday for a higher minimum wage in the city, even though state legislation makes it illegal for a city's minimum wage to be higher than the state wage.

WEATHER FROM PLANET BOONE: Morels, turkey hunting and the weekend forecast

City editor John Schneller delivers the weekend weather, talks morels and sings about turkey hunting. 

EDITORIAL: From World Series tickets to Ferguson: a case for police accountability

Four times now, a judge or panel of judges have ordered the release of documents relating to the investigation of city of St. Louis police officers who in 2006 seized World Series tickets from scalpers and then handed them over to friends and family. But a group of police officers has continued to block release of the full investigative report, citing privacy concerns.

EDITORIAL: Making children safer in storms

Our area is far safer than it was almost four years ago. At that time, about 80 percent of the homes hit on May 22, 2011, were without basements or shelters.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Volunteers are our humble heroes

Volunteering isn't only about accomplishing services cost-free. The volunteer often gains something greater than what a paycheck can offer. 

DAVID ROSMAN: Sexual orientation bills show changing moral views

Laws such as Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Missouri's HB 104 are not necessary to protect religious freedom.

EDITORIAL: Too many black men sent to death by racially biased juries

Gov. Jay Nixon should appoint a Board of Inquiry to ensure that no person from St. Louis County is awaiting execution because of a racially biased jury.

EDITORIAL: Government should help maximize tax collections

Government should do everything it can to maximize collection of taxes that are legally due.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Spring into action on school board reform

School board elections come and go with minimal disturbance to the establishment. The system, as it is now, invites apathy and increased union control. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Government shouldn't deny food stamps on basis of criminal record

Jill Richardson shares her thoughts on why people with criminal records should have access to food stamps.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Achieving diversity must be a priority for new journalism dean

The historical exclusion of blacks is all too apparent when looking at the demographics of today’s student body.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Journalism will be tarnished by Rolling Stone's carelessness

Given the kind of journalistic casualness the writer and the editors engaged in to publish the article about "Jackie," and after reading the Columbia University report, it's hard to believe that any single part of the story is true.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Estate taxes could cover the cost of college tuition

In 19 states, estate taxes raise significant revenue from the wealthiest households and use the money to fund education.

CARL KENNEY: Questionable motives behind crowd control at Bob McCulloch's speech

Carl Kenney questions if the invitations to Bob McCullough's speech last Tuesday were warranted.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Even wrapped in religious freedom, it's still hate and bigotry

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into Indiana law last week addresses a problem that is political, not practical.

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.