Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Climate protection agreement should be reconsidered

As climate change accelerates, so, of course, will federal spending on disaster relief and recovery, ultimately paid for by the taxpayers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't let lake area suffer

During the past three years, the Ozark Rivers Heritage Foundation has made a big impact on Table Rock Lake and tourism in the region.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Kansas City area taking lead in online lending industry

Right now short-term lending is governed by a hodgepodge of state laws, with online operators coming up with ingenious ways to evade them. The industry needs uniform regulations and enforcement at the federal level.

DONALD KAUL: The Stiffing State

Congress refusing to raise the debt ceiling is a bit like suggesting no one should pay bills.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Operation secret loopholes

Lawmakers are fighting for tax breaks in secret as the Senate moves to overhaul the nation's tax code.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: If the mentally ill can buy guns, the nation is crazy

Navy Yard shooting raised two issues: the security failures that allowed someone with a history of mental illness to work as a contractor in a military installation. And how was someone with mental illness able to pass a federal background check when he bought a shotgun.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Navy Yard shooting spurs debate to expand background checks

The carnage in Washington is more cause for frustration for many Americans. Politicians continue to reject measures to expand background checks.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Properly used child safety seats protect lives

Consistent child safety seat and safety belt use is the most effective way to protect people and reduce serious injuries and fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lessons from the veto session and positive uses of drone technology

A roundup of editorials from Missouri newspapers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Keeping young offenders out of jail pays dividends

One of the things that Missouri government does well is juvenile justice. Now many other states have realized what Missouri realized decades ago: Locking kids up in detention centers neither bodes well for their futures nor keeps the public any safer.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Naming the names behind extreme weather

A group of climate change activists wants hurricanes to be named after head-in-the-sand politicos who — in mindless defiance of science — are climate change deniers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Crime summit needs blunt debate to find ways to reduce violence

Violent crime has been studied for decades, so a crime summit should offer some realistic solutions to the problems Missouri's cities face.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The appeal of hassle-free voter registration

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander urged Missourians to become registered voters for November elections.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Peaceful transition in Pakistan, the return of wrestling at the Olympics

A roundup of editorials from around the U.S.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Loss for flawed tax bill is victory for Missouri

Legislators must focus on targeted tax reform instead of economic gamble in 2014.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: On Syria, a horrible but correct decision that America might avoid making

This was the tough part of the president’s challenge, convincing America that this is our problem.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't believe the scare tactics

Missouri House Speaker argues veto override will create jobs and increase state revenue.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri holds the wrong distinction when it comes to hunger

Unfortunately, nearly 1 in 6 Missourians, or 16.7 percent of them, are food insecure. That means that at least once in the past year, in most cases several times, they skipped meals because they didn’t have enough food. Money ran out. Or they got by on less nutrition than they needed just to spread out the food they could afford.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: House Bill 436 bad for Missouri

Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, is apparently the only Republican thinking clearly on the issuen of HB 436. He voted against the bill because it is not only unconstitutional, it would cause havoc in law enforcement efforts.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Action in Syria could lead to moral crisis for US

Going ahead with military action against Syria in the face of widespread disapproval of the American people and discord among the international community would constitute a moral crisis for the United States.