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Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Another effort to change the constitution

The different between a constitutional amendment and a law has prompted misuse and abuse as interest groups seek amendments to prevent alterations by legislators.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lowering income taxes to lure or keep business in Missouri won't work

Funds to local governments, schools, human services, even infrastructure will have to be cut to accommodate that deficit, which is exactly what Kansas is facing with projected revenue more than $700 million short of budgeted expenditures after passing a similar law last year.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Enforcement effort focuses on unbelted teen drivers

Jefferson City police officers will participate from Friday through March 31 in a statewide effort to crack down on unbelted teen drivers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sexual assault is criminal; generals don't get to decide

There is no difference between sexual assault in the military and in the civilian sector. There can be no distinction made between the need to protect women — and the occasional man — in civilian life and those who are working to protect us in the military.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Support a more open government through the Sunshine Law

March 10-16 is National Sunshine Week, a time for citizens and taxpayers to focus on state and local government operations and how those operations are visible to the citizens and taxpayers they serve.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Celebrating African-Americans' contributions to Missouri's justice system

Black Missouri residents have positively influenced the state for years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should tread carefully with tax changes

Missouri would better compete by improving schools, roads and public health, not forcing them to absorb further cuts.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Keep 'Big Brother' out of the classroom

A state lawmaker wants to make certain the electronic tracking application is not extended to public school students. Extending tracking devices to students would be an Orwellian invasion of privacy.

 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Newspaper reading fosters learning, educated voting

MU student Jonathan Seppo urges people to take time to talk to children about newspapers and model reading it for them, as well as support organizations like Newspaper in Education, who aim to expose children to newspapers while they are still in grade school.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Voters should reject 911 tax

Grass Roots Organizing opposes the sales tax because it will hurt the middle and lower classes, and the extra funding is unnecessary.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Newspapers should be part of classrooms to improve knowledge

MU student Karen Miller explains how reading the newspaper can increase our knowledge of the world and turn our youth into better readers. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Knowledge from newspapers can empower youth

A former Douglass Park neighborhood Columbia Missourian beat reporter shares how she thinks providing newspapers to young children will give them an opportunity to engage and advocate for a better future for themselves.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reading newspapers early can educate, build lifelong readers

Dan Burley explains how reading the newspaper as a child helped further his education and will hopefully lead him to a job. This March, the American Press Institute will promote Newspapers in Education Week to encourage reading the newspaper in the classroom.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Offshore tax loopholes must end to help US budget

Many American corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated accounting tricks to take advantage of loopholes in the tax code, leaving the rest of us to pick up the tab. With serious budget challenges before us, now is the time to put these tax loopholes to rest.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should not penalize people for sexual orientation

Tolerance is what makes our great, big heterogeneous country work. For all of these reasons — and more — it is wrong to continue to penalize people for their sexual orientation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ameren asks legislature for expensive fix for what's not broken

In effect, Ameren’s success in keeping power on during recent storms belies its sales pitch to lawmakers. The system isn’t broke.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's wrong way on Medicaid expansion

A bill introduced by Rep. Jay Barnes would expand Medicaid limits for adults, but only to 100 percent of the poverty level. The bill would likely rule out the state receiving any added federal funds.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Outlook for continued growth amid uncertainty

The retail sector has been active, with new businesses opening, as well as significant expansions, relocations and improvements. The number of building permits issued during 2012 also marked an increase from previous years, with 406 requests that translated into a total valuation of $1.6 million.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Political games delay help to victims of domestic violence

Congress needs to renew Violence Against Women Act now, not only so that agencies such as Harmony House can apply for grants that are supported through the act but so that the progress that has been made since the act initially passed in 1994 in addressing domestic violence can continue.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax amnesty — collecting money comes at a cost

Participants in the proposed program must comply with state tax laws for eight years or incur renewal of penalties and interest that was waived.

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