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Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: If tax cuts feed a healthy economy, where is Missouri's prosperity?

If tax cuts really improve the economy, then Missouri’s should be booming. By nearly any measure, the state has among the lowest tax burdens in the nation, much of it the result of Republican policies since 2003.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Popping a Wile E. Coyote parachute at the fiscal cliff

Americans deserve better than this bill. They deserve a serious attempt to address long-term debt and spending issues and budget reform. They deserve a serious debate over fair taxation and income inequality.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Familiar issues, changing backdrops and new voices

Among priorities identified by both legislative leaders and local lawmakers is economic development, including job creation and tax credit reform.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A watershed year? Maybe not, but minds are swinging open

It is customary at this time of year to bemoan the 12 months just past and look forward to a happier New Year. But it must be said that in some ways, the planet and its people were better off in 2012 than they have been in centuries.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, a true hero

It's difficult to overstate Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf's importance to modern U.S. military history. The military hero of the Gulf War spent his twilight years helping children and charities.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Our nation, on its knees

So, at this writing, there we are, on the very edge of the fiscal cliff with no easy way back.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri and Kansas should expand Medicaid

Right now, it is nearly impossible for low-income workers in Missouri and Kansas to obtain health insurance if their employers don’t provide it. Both states have very low Medicaid eligibility limits.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Violations of open government continue

Violations continue and there is little or no enforcement of sunshine laws, and when there is a conviction the penalties don't even amount to a slap on the wrist.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Facing the mortgage cliff

If the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 expires at the end of the year, homeowners will have to pay taxes debt reduction in a loan modification or short sale.

GUEST COMMENTARY: University research, sold out

The recent exposure of numerous sham scientific reports generated by biased individuals at supposedly objective institutions should draw intense public scrutiny to this new era of corporate-funded science.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Save the planet. Save Social Security. Save Medicaid. Tax carbon.

Instead of a regressive flat tax on payroll, the carbon tax would be more efficient consumption tax.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri would benefit from Medicaid expansion

A recent state budget analysis adds more weight to the case for expanding Missouri’s Medicaid eligibility threshold, which currently is one of the nation’s lowest.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We must improve programs to help the mentally ill

We must have a comprehensive conversation about the way Washington funds federal programs that treat mental illness.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: No more dodging on gun safety measures

We need tough gun safety measures, starting with bans on assault weapons and on high-capacity ammunition clips. And we need background checks before all gun purchases.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Gun owners bear responsibility, need accountability

Gun owners should have, by now, come up with a way of demonstrating a commitment to preserving a right to bear arms that involves holding one another more accountable.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Compelling tales draw visitors to prison tours

The attraction of the prison tours is more about the captivating stories told by the guides than about the building itself.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: National commission must address gun violence

A national commission can and should focus the spotlight on those who profit from America’s gun culture.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: MU's out-of-state recruitment lets policymakers off the hook

Missouri isn't limiting its recruitment to just Illinois, but is pressing hard in California where high school students are looking to escape soaring college tuition rates.

Students don't benefit from early decision policies

In an ideal world, colleges would either eradicate early decision or make the acceptance rates equal, regardless of when students apply.

ESSAY: Americans, united in horror for a moment

And yet, amid all of this fragmentation, some things still stop us in our tracks, make us think, make us talk, make us look to each other, make us feel as if, somehow, we're one in shock and tragedy.

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