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Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Springfield loses its hometown visionary

John Q. Hammons was known as a builder and innovator in Springfield. The death of the man who built up a city and supported medical, academic and athletic advances comes as a large loss.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gov. Nixon must reject bad bills on taxes, guns, abortion, workers’ rights

Republican majorities in the Missouri House and Senate reduce the chances that Gov. Jay Nixon will veto bills, but there's a chance these bills might not be approved.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Farm bill should benefit more than big agriculture

Farm bills, created during the Depression to protect family farms, have morphed into programs that subsidize corporate agribusiness, often at the expense of family farmers.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's scandal season at the Obama White House

The Obama White House is dealing with a number of scandals right now but none are deserving of impeachment.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Death in the shallow of a wall

In honor of Memorial Day and the many people who fought for the United States, the Missourian is republishing this column by Ernie Pyle. Pyle accompanied World War II Allied forces in the invasions of North Africa, Italy and Normandy, and reported from the front lines with stories of soldiers and their lives. He was killed by Japanese gunfire on Ieshima in 1945.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Care reduces mayhem on roadways, waterways

During the operation, troopers will be assigned to 20-mile intervals along interstates and specified highways. They will be alert for all traffic violations with a special focus on aggressive driving.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri is failing to protect at-risk children

In the past year, the Department of Social Services has regressed from an agency that routinely released records of serious child abuse cases to one of secrecy and obfuscation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Why?' has no answer

Two days shy of today’s two-year mark of our own pain here in Joplin, the people of Moore, Okla., are, sadly, feeling theirs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Deficits under control, but workers pay the price

The sequester is causing real pain. The nation would be better served by investing more in its workforce even it it meant deficits would shrink more slowly.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Governor should veto bill aimed at state income tax cuts

Growth is predicated on a boom in business activity that supporters of the tax-cut bill expect once people figure out how tax-friendly Missouri has become.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Secondary offense, primary precaution

Public safety campaigns by a range of highway safety organizations repeatedly remind drivers and passengers of the importance of buckling up.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The hidden agenda in Jefferson City

Perhaps the biggest disappointment this session was the failure of a broad coalition of supporters of Medicaid expansion to get so much as a reasonable debate in either chamber.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Reducing the number needed for 'one too many'

Making progress on the problem of reducing drinking and driving among both social drinkers and heavy drinkers is a matter of political will, say members of the National Transportation Safety Board.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Failure and inertia prevail in Jefferson City

How else to explain another session ending without a jobs plan or a strategy for funding transportation projects? How else to explain a legislature that allowed bountiful debate time for a host of preposterous gun-rights bills but never got around to seriously discussing Medicaid reform and expansion?

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