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Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'Wagging the dog'? Obama shifts on Syria

In the end, the president’s long-standing reluctance to wade into the Syrian mess means that any uptick in U.S. support for the rebels will be modest, if not simply symbolic, for the moment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri governor should veto cellphone tower bill

Cellphone towers are imposing structures, and local officials should have the right to consider their relationship to property values and the well-being of a community.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri is drunk on tax credits. Who will take the bottle away?

In six years, tax credit spending has increased by $159 million.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In government surveillance, the horns of dilemma

It has been a tenet of our republic from the beginning that the government should have as little intrusion into our lives as possible.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's time to stand up for rural Missouri

This year's bill required some Missouri-style compromise and commonsense — and while nobody got everything they wanted, it's a bill that we can all be proud of, and that passed the Senate with a large bipartisan majority.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Farm bill fails to trim the fat for corporate interests

Lawmakers love to wring hands over the deficit and budgets, except when it’s time for feeding farm supporters.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Government dragnet threatens our rights to privacy, free speech

The intrusion into American lives for the sake of security shows that many elected officials "have lost touch with the privacy needs of the people they're sworn to serve."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Supreme Court rules children can get education they deserve

The law says unaccredited districts must pay for their students to get the education they deserve. It is likely that school districts worried about money will delay enforcement again.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Join cause to find space for needed services in Columbia

The Interfaith Day Center at 616 Park Ave. in the First Ward is a daytime drop-in and referral hub.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri provides a fundamental right to marry convicts

U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry in St. Louis threw out a provision of Missouri law requiring both applicants for a marriage license to sign the application “in the presence of the recorder of deeds or their deputy.”

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let Nixon's veto be a call to rethink tax-cut bills

We agree with the governor that repeal of the tax exemption on prescription drugs is a flaw. We do not, however, consider the measure ill-conceived and fiscally irresponsible.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Social Security continues as fight between Main Street, elite

The effort to cut Social Security benefits isn't a left vs. right argument. Instead, it's a fight between Main Street and the Wall Street elite.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia airport needs our business more than tax money

Before spending millions of dollars on a terminal expansion, taxpayers in Columbia should commit to using their regional airport whenever practical rather than driving to St. Louis or Kansas City.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Reality of Missouri school funding: It gets worse every year

As Missouri lawmakers brag about the state's funding of education in the upcoming year, the amount of state revenue spent on schools shows a different side of the story.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Equal pay for men and women? Didn't happen

Despite federal legislation taking effect 50 years ago, there is still a pay gap between men and women in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Laws of physics apply to encounters with trains

Conductors have limited options when motorists and pedestrians are walking along or across the railroad page. A full train can take more than a mile to slow down. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's time to do something smart about Syria

The U.S. government should step up diplomacy and humanitarian aid rather than taking a more belligerent stance.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pork deal would tie rural Missouri to China

Meat consumption among the Chinese middle class has grown as it is looking to emulate Western culture. For Missouri, this could mean deep changes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New motorcycle laws reinforce common sense

The motorcycle helmet law should not be degraded to a secondary offense, but rather seat belt laws should be upgraded to a primary offense.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Republicans say corruption exists in the legislature

Much of the money coming to and from Missouri legislators might cross ethical boundaries.

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