Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Veterans deserved more than just thanks

Our service members have given so much of their time and health to protect the nation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Veterans deserve our thanks, support and committment to their well being

From low-interest loans to supportive housing, there is much Missouri can offer our veterans.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri road crews prepare for winter storms

Such preparation helps Jefferson City, Cole County and Missouri crews effectively and efficiently clear and maintain roads during storms.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: To compete globally, invest in education

Missouri is about $600 million short on its funding formula for elementary and secondary education. In Kansas, lawmakers are threatening to defy a court order to do a better job of financing the education of young Kansans.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gov. Jay Nixon owes explanation for departed department heads

If some ways, Mr. Nixon’s actions regarding personnel issues are at least as bad — and in some ways worse — than those of his predecessor, Gov. Matt Blunt.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Cronkite Memorial fills gap

The memorial elevates Missouri Western's role as a cultural destination and enhances the campus.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Piling on Missouri's Public Defender System

It probably will take a federal lawsuit to force Missouri into seriously addressing its failure to provide indigent defendants with the effective counsel guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sales tax is wrong vehicle to fix Missouri roads

Missouri will need to pay more in the future to maintain its lengthy transportation network. Putting the full lug on taxpayers through a new 1-cent sales tax is not the best way to finance that priority.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We need a few good men in politics to light the way

Engagement in politics is a civic and moral duty because politics is necessary in everyday life.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's high court ducks controversy, denies same-sex partner protection

A powerful dissent by Judge Richard B. Teitelman points out the real problem: Missouri’s constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage. His dissent should serve as a rallying cry to those who want the ban lifted.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Share the Harvest program eases hunger

Donations of partial or whole deer can feed Missourians in need.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Students need home

The Springfield school has slightly more than 2.2 percent of homeless population in the 25,000-student district, which is above the national average.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Jack-o'-lanterns illuminate luxury in our lives

People in some countries are not so well off that they use food, such as pumpkins, for holiday decorations.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: NSA gambled too much by spying on U.S. allies

Damage resulting from the NSA surveillance might be more than just harmed alliance.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: All MSU faculty members to get equal benefits

By expanding its benefits package to include domestic partners, the university is recognizing that all of its employees deserve to be treated equally.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Exempt nursing moms from jury duty

By all means, lawmakers should amend state statutes to allow breastfeeding moms to postpone their civic duty.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon must keep his $600 million education promises

It's unclear how Gov. Jay Nixon plans to find the money for fully funding K-12 schools or the “significant” increase in higher education funding he now promises.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: When $13 billion is chicken feed, business as usual continues on Wall Street

A $13 million settlement between the Department of Justice and JPMorgan Chase will be split up two-way: $9 million is set as fines for the federal government and the remaining $4 million is slated to help struggling homeowners.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hate breeds hate

Speech is free in this country, but hate speech extracts a heavy price.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Peddling popular penguins at Kansas City zoo

Upgrades to the zoo continue its transformation to a first-class amenity that will attract more local visitors and others from nearby states.