Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's high time to clean house

No matter where these disasters strike, we Missourians are pitching in to help pay the costs of recovery. That makes climate change personal.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The newspaper is all about the community

Newspapers should make a difference in the communities they serve and stand up for their citizens.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Voting for Hall of Famous Missourians welcomed

In a departure from tradition, Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, asked Missouri residents to nominate and select two additions to the hall. The decision was popular.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: America needs a 20-minute, no exceptions government shutdown

As a nation, we have decided that government will perform certain duties. We can argue about which of them are vital, but those discussions should take place calmly and rationally, not at the point of a gun held by greedy people.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Could the problem be us?

As I think about it, maybe it is our generation that doesn’t spend enough quality time with our children today. Maybe it is our generation that will not protect young children from standards that are too high or expectations by society today.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Unreasonable tea party demands drag nation into turmoil

In America, elections have consequences. But that premise is undermined by the ability of an intense faction to shut down government because it won’t accept a particular law.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Climate change is getting worse. When will nation act?

What we all want is a planet, a country, a city that we can pass on to the next generation. We want our children and grandchildren to have better opportunities than we have had. Climate change is making that less likely.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Kinder's stance on Obamacare hypocritical

The Affordable Care act is set to being Tuesday, and Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's attempt to block the legislation is two-faced for the state pays the most of his health care costs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislature needs to fix school transfer law

State and city leaders must find a way to improve Kansas City’s neighborhood schools so students don’t have to travel long distances to receive a quality education. The financial consequences of transfers would make that task more difficult.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Building better health care against dead-end opposition

If Americans hated Obamacare as much as Mr. Cruz claims they do, they would have turned to Mitt Romney. Voters twice elected President Barack Obama.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Flush arrogant gun policy in Missouri

Missouri legislators in 2011 passed a law allowing themselves and their employees to carry weapons inside the Capitol if they have a permit. It seemed at the time like an arrogant, unwise move. The bathroom fiasco, which has brought widespread ridicule to Missouri, only reinforces that impression.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Combination of Corps, Congress have failed America's great rivers

The reality today is that the Missouri, the Mississippi, the Ohio and the Illinois rivers still lack a single, strong entity to make sure that boondoggles like the Olmsted dam project don’t happen.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Republicans in Congress prefer crisis to compromise

Ordinary Americans desperately want to see their elected leaders pull together. Polls show they oppose defunding or dismantling the Affordable Care Act, especially if it means shutting down the government or defaulting on debt.

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.