Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: GOP hopefuls discover the curse of running for president

Long before any real voters cast ballots in a real election, candidates for president face a "media primary" conducted in full public view that carries risk for White House wannabees.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Governor should commute Storey's death sentence

Missouri could use the money it spends pursuing death sentences on crime prevention tactics and victims counseling.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Slashing the IRS budget only helps tax cheats

Critics attack the IRS for making mistakes, darkening the public’s view of it. That gives political opportunists a chance to lobby successfully for cuts. A smaller budget virtually guarantees future mistakes by a cash-strapped agency.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Winter road trip reinforces the importance of family

Despite a brutal drive and a bitter forecast, a reunion in Nebraska was a welcome weekend for all.

GUEST COMMENTARY: When most lawmakers can't agree, the country suffers

The 114th Congress is 80 percent male, 80 percent white and 92 percent Christian while the America it represents is composed of 51 percent women and is 60 percent white and 60 percent Christian.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Life is short; don't beat yourself up

Valentine's day can be a day of self-loathing, but people can change that tradition this year.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Is it too late to save America's wilderness?

President Obama will ask Congress to increase environmental protections for millions of acres of pristine animal habitat in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Opposition from lawmakers is already gathering steam.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: University president seeks to end Missouri's race to the bottom

Tim Wolfe is tired of elected officials failing to tell voters the truth, so he’s taking his message directly to the people.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't expect Cuba to embrace change overnight

According to the Miami Herald, despite the change of tone from inside the White House, there are three major obstacles preventing calm waters between the United States and the island nation of Cuba. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: We need legislation requiring students to pass civics test

Missouri state legislators are pushing for a mandatory civics exam for all Missouri high school students. Ignorance of civies indicates a deficiency in education and threatens informed participation in representative government.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cheating for advantage in sports has become the rule

Is there any length to which certain players, coaches, and administrators won’t go to gain an unfair advantage?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Crowded candidate field bodes well for Republicans

Today, the GOP is stuffed to the gills with varying ideas and varying kinds of talent. Republicans have a chance to let a crowded field winnow itself down to a few clear and coherent choices.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time to overcome state laws that ban gay marriage

If opponents of gay marriage stopped and listened to themselves — really listened — the moral decency that they cite as their motive would compel them to stop.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: President and his family must be kept secure

That Monday's drone crash was a mishap, and not an attack, was a blessing. But it was not a sign of competent policy.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wiping out an Ozarks stream deserves more than a wrist slap

After repeated environmental offenses in Missouri, Tyson still gets off relatively easy after killing more than 100,000 fish

WHAT OTHERS SAY: What the wealth gap means to every American

In voting for our political leaders, we can select candidates who show us they understand the implications of this widening wealth gap and are prepared to do something about it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hard workers deserve a living wage

The minimum wage is a poverty wage. While 20 states have raised their minimum wages this month, those increases will not be enough to reach realistic living wages.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cancer may be 'bad luck,' but we also make choices

Is a lifetime of eating organic food, getting plenty of exercise and doing every other good thing you’re supposed to not enough to protect you?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri is not prepared for its aging population

Missouri's General Assembly should act sooner rather than later when it comes to preparing for the incoming "silver tsunami" of Medicare beneficiaries.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Let degregulation level the playing field for Uber, other taxi companies

Fewer limits on Kansas City's taxicab industry could help it compete with encroaching   ridesharing companies like Uber.