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Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Key questions must be answered after deadly Kansas City blast

Investigators must determine why someone in authority didn't order an evacuation soon after the city and Missouri Gas Energy were notified of a gas leak more than an hour before the explosion near Country Club Plaza.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: State must find drug task force funds

Gov. Jay Nixon has called on state legislators to come up with the $3 million in funds likely to be cut from the federal budget.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New crack disparity law should apply to current cases

After passing laws to reduce the disparity between sentencing for individuals caught with crack cocaine and those caught with powder cocaine, it's time to be sure the new laws apply to crack cocaine cases already in the pipeline.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Important values can be found in outdoor activities

Outdoor activities offer a stellar opportunity for families — grandparents, parents and children — to spend time together.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lawmakers should seize opportunity to give second chance to foster children

A bill introduced by Sen. Jolie Justus would allow foster children to petition a judge to be readmitted to state custody.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate forges compromise in passing workers' comp fix

Last week, the Senate passed a very complicated bill that has vexed the chamber for years. If the bill, Senate Bill 1, becomes law, it could fix the insolvent Second Injury Fund.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Government needs to reauthorize Violence Against Women act

The reauthorization bill offers needed expanded protections for gay people, undocumented immigrants and Native American women who suffer from domestic abuse.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Give grading 'E' for effort

Giving schools grades on things such as dropout rates is a starting point to make a complicated ranking system understandable for parents.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Obama links solutions to more spending

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama said, "We can't cut our way to prosperity." However, we can't spent our way to prosperity either.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Personification of leadership

In stepping down from his post as spiritual leader of 1.2 billion people, Pope Benedict XVI leaves behind a legacy of having embraced the modern, while respecting tradition.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A voter ID bill from a party that's lost its pride

There has never been a case in Missouri where a voter tried to impersonate someone else to cast a vote. Not once.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri tearing down barriers to energy efficiency

Common sense would dictate that our electric utilities — which largely decide what resources to invest in for providing electricity services — should make energy efficiency a top priority, invest in all of the cost-effective energy efficiency it can possibly capture, and only then invest in more costly power plants

WHAT OTHERS SAY: For a relaxing time, ride along U.S. 36 corridor

A new bike route along the corridor that emphasizes historical landmarks makes the trip from St. Joseph to Hannibal a peaceful and interesting ride.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Comprehensive approach to tax credits encouraged

The approach does more than look at the individual merits of a tax incentive — it compares them to other incentives on the spectrum.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Beware the cheating colleges

Some colleges inflate data to climb higher in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. With no independent verification of information, it's possible other schools also submit faulty numbers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In the drone age, presidential whim is not enough

As drone attacks become a more common tactic toward destroying enemy combatants, including some U.S. citizens, questions are being raised about whether the law needs to catch up to this new tool of war. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ending Saturday mail service is the right thing to do

With the U.S. Postal Service losing billions of dollars a year, and mail volume down, Congress has decided that ending Saturday postal delivery might be the best way to ensure the service's survival.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mental health services in Missouri need to be strengthened

In the wake of recent high-profile mass shootings, we should focus our attention on increasing mental health services, which is exactly what Gov. Nixon plans to do.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Contraception conundrum a balancing act

Outrage among individuals and groups on both sides of the Affordable Care Act could be eased by a single-payer health care system.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Outdated Sunshine Law calls for updates

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, has introduced a bill to promote further openness and transparency in Missouri's government.

 

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