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Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: The end of the farm bill?

With the latest extension of the Farm Bill, there is concern that the legislation can no longer address many of the challenges farmers and the agricultural industry face.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The gun industry targets the kiddie market

There are about 300,000 fewer hunters today than a decade ago and the number of hunters in the overall population has fallen from 7 percent to 6 percent. So, bring in the kids.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Finally, a boost for immigration reform

Republicans don’t want the party stuck any longer with the image that it will do whatever it can to make life difficult for illegal immigrants. We must adopt a new and better approach. Sensible immigration changes are essential to the success of this country.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We need city leaders that understand and support planning

Columbia needs to move away from its current stance on city planning and move toward a more constructive agenda.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: We laud Nixon for bold proposals in education funding, bond issue

Gov. Nixon has laid out his funding plans for 2013, but they are expected to be challenged by the Republican General Assembly.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon finds some gumption, challenges in legislature

Gov. Nixon said he will do everything he can to pass a campaign contribution limit bill.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri senators should work to ensure appropriate funding of national security

Before Congress starts cutting defense spending, a strategic debate is needed.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Kander takes initiative on initiatives

Jason Kander said last week that petition submissions will be posted online for a five-day public comment period before his office drafts summary language for the measures.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: More reforms needed to fix Missouri's criminal justice system

Missouri lawmakers should rewrite the criminal code, reduced penalties for some crimes, streamlined the code and keep their eyes on the ultimate prize: fix the system so in the long run, prison populations drop.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: U.S. should closely watch censorship protests in China

How new chief party leader Xi Jinping handles the media-censorship issue will reveal much about how he intends to proceed in the future.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ameren has tough sell in seeking new electric rate surcharge

Sometime in coming days or weeks, Ameren is expected to ask for a new surcharge, which charges consumers for ongoing costs of replacing old infrastructure.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Refine strategy to combat meth

Pseudoephedrine in medicines should be carefully tracked without causing collateral damage to cold sufferers.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Coke still needs to get real

Coke's new commercials addressing obesity are just trying to conceal the truth behind their sugary drinks.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Early movements coming from the 'Peoples' Visioning'

Peoples' Visioning wants Columbia to raise its Renewable Energy Standard to 80 percent by 2015.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hagel has the most important qualities for defense secretary

Chuck Hagel, if confirmed by the Senate, will become the first ever enlisted veteran — an ex-Army sergeant — to serve as secretary of defense, and the first Vietnam veteran.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's a travesty the legislature hasn't fixed Second Injury Fund

Missouri workers aren't getting paid what they're owed by the Second Injury Fund — a program that has been broken for more than two years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Extend Missouri's minimum school year

Gov. Jay Nixon has proposed lengthening the school year from a minimum of 174 days to the national average of 180 days.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Second term poses big test for Gov. Jay Nixon

Playing it safe has gotten Jay Nixon elected four times as state attorney general and twice as governor in an increasingly Republican state, but it won't cement his legacy.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Can the Republican Party adjust to demographic shift?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 updated projection, in 2043 non-Hispanic white Americans will cease to be a majority. The change is in process already, and it influenced recent presidential voting to such an extent that a few commentators had to address it.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pay the bills, control spending

Congress under both Democratic and Republican leadership has decided to fund a large number of federal programs. The bills have to be paid, and, as President Barack Obama put it, America is not a deadbeat nation.

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