Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Dismal record for 113th Congress does have bright spots

A one-day delay on the budget vote allowed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid time to hold votes on dozens and dozens of Obama appointees. The U.S. government now has a surgeon general to deal with Ebola and public health issues.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Fighting over scraps for higher education in Missouri

At issue is how a Republican-controlled legislature and Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, have failed to adequately fund higher education in Missouri. The promise of a good education for a deserving student at a state college has been undermined.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Holiday guide to responsible, fair-trade sources of gifts

Customers should avoid holiday gifts made by modern-day slaves.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Brouhaha over Jesus Fish seems trivial, given world concerns

This year, we have our own local controversy, over an ichthus, or “Jesus fish,” on the Boone County courthouse square — and just in time for the holidays!

GUEST COMMENTARY: Ways to stop mindless spending and giving

When people find gifts that uniquely symbolize their friendship or their gratitude for one another, that’s touching. It’s what gift-giving should be.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ferguson Commission faces steep challenge but seems up to the task

Building trust with people on the ground so they will ultimately have respect for the Ferguson Commission’s recommendations involves letting the people vent.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Two ways to improve roads in Missouri

Here are two ways to make smart decisions to improve highways and streets: Increase the federal gasoline tax and study the use of tolls on selected Missouri highways.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Remember Sandy Hook with sensible gun laws

As he checks items off his to-do list, President Obama should remember the 20 children shot to pieces in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14 two years ago.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Other states follow Missouri lead in looking to cut income taxes

Iowa is not the only border state looking to make income tax changes. In neighboring Nebraska, legislators are exploring a round of tax cuts of their own that would also chop the state’s tax on incomes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Eliminating comments can turn conversation toward civility

The St-Louis Post-Dispatch explains why it is removing comment sections from editorials to foster better conversation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: U.S. must admit wrongs found in torture report

A report released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reveals "enhanced interrogation techniques" being used in the name of national defense.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislative reform needed at state, federal levels

The last time the U.S. Congress' approval rating was above 30 percent was in 2009. It hasn't topped 50 percent in the past decade. Missouri's legislature isn't far behind when it comes to poor leadership and ethical failures. So what needs to change before our elected officials become effective again?

GUEST COMMENTARY: How employers overwork without overtime

There used to be a big distinction between hourly and salaried employees. That wasn’t by accident.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: O'Fallon gets serious about distracted driving

O'Fallon City Council passes a law that bans texting-while-driving for everyone.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: FAA approach to drones threatens important uses

A new proposal on commercial drones is expected to require operators to have a pilot's license for a manned aircraft. Operators also would be required to keep the drones in sight at all times.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Immigration order and eligibility for benefits

By extending certain rights to people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally, President Obama is getting closer to letting them obtain insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

STEVE SPELLMAN: A powder keg like Ferguson could happen almost anywhere

 Much has been said about racism, poverty, police aggression, the breakdown of law and order, but there's more at work here.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislature can raise fuel tax with a public vote

Using 1 percent of previous state revenue as a cap, the legislature can collect an additional $84 million or so in fuel taxes next year, writes Joseph Miller, a policy researcher at the Show-Me Institute.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hungry children live and starve close to home

While the logic of not wasting food might escape many 5-year-olds, the worry about wasted food is a real one. Food currently comprises 20 percent of what we put into landfills.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: State workers need a raise before lawmakers do

The case against the pay increases rests on two arguments — one based on comparative fairness, the other on the principle of public service.