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Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: General Assembly pandering, not legislating

Lawmakers have failed to pass legislation that could help the health of Missouri residents and have instead pandered to the gun rights lobby. We need stronger leadership in the legislature.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reducing warfare could limit carnage

Donald Kaul discusses the idea of Americans being less involved in wars, invasions and attacks to try to reduce the amount of violence in the world. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Republicans consistently inconsistent

In view of the GOP interest in photo identification as a crime prevention measure, their opposition to biometric analysis seems curiously inconsistent.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Boston bombings show how journalism has changed

Journalism today blends professional reporting and online interaction among community members. Both professionals and citizen journalists find it's hard to be error-free when things move so fast.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's not stop immigration reform

The image of Mr. Tsarnaev and the limited understanding of his political thinking — mostly gleaned from friends, relatives and social media — is clouding Senate hearings on a bipartisan immigration proposal.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate repeats message already heard

The Revenue agency was directed last week by Gov. Jay Nixon to stop making copies of concealed weapons permits. It also will delete all previously scanned permit information from state computers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Congress needs a new river plan to address flood, drought cycle

Congress must find the political will to both elevate the importance of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers while recognizing the need for a plan that takes climate change into account.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri lawmakers wined and dined by lobbyists

The same lawmakers that deplore citizen "takers" who ask for state services, such as Medicaid, are insistent on taking perks for themselves.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Flooded roads yield troubled waters for motorists

Past experiences of people being killed or stranded by flooding are the basis for MoDOT’s recommendations to stay away from flood-covered roadways.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Medicaid expansion is too important to die

State Republicans continue to overlook the benefits of the Affordable Care Act with circular logic.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Senate goes rogue, lobby given too much power on gun bill vote

The Senate voted against the Manchin-Toomey amendment, which proposed that "all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System."

GUEST COMMENTARY: Human kindness triumphs in tragedy

Even in the chaos of tragedies such as the Boston Marathon bombings, our collective human spirit provides reason for hope.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Privacy, politics, permits and procedures

The controversy over Missouri's driver's license processing is a briar patch of thorny issues.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: U.S., other countries need to get Kim Jong Un to stand down

In the past, when the United States or its allies offered aid to calm tensions, North Korea promised to clean up its act — for instance, to abandon weapons programs — and then reneged. This has to stop.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The curse of our era strikes Boston

The aftermath brought out the best in many people. Boston residents opened their homes to runners from around the nation and the world.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lawmakers should ease access to Plan B contraception

Missouri's "freedom of conscience act" would give pharmacists the right to not stock anything to which he or she was morally opposed including condoms or emergency contraception.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Traveling in another dimension — The Work Zone

Sixteen MoDOT workers have died on the job since 2000, and MoDOT officials want Missouri drivers to do their part in keeping road workers safe.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tougher rules needed to protect natural gas customers

Problem No. 1 is that no universal — or logical — federal rules govern the placement of shut-off valves, and problem No. 2 is that utilities don't use shut-off valves on a consistent basis.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Agriculture infested by 'constitutionitis'

A recent vote by the Missouri Senate and statements from the Missouri Farm Bureau have raised questions as to whether adding an amendment to the state constitution protecting the rights of farmers is necessary.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: On drones, more transparency is needed

A recent investigation by McClatchy Newspapers raises worrisome questions about the Obama administration’s policy governing drone strikes.

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