Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reducing tax rates and investing in education: We can have it both ways

The governor would like you to be naïve enough to believe that if the state reduces its tax demands from citizens and small business that funding for critical investments, like education, will plummet. I’d like to share a couple facts with you to consider as you make an informed decision on whether or not you feel Missouri’s tax rates should be adjusted in favor of the people. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Speed limits must be both safe and sensible

Establishing speed limits is the fine art of finding a balancing point between convenience and risk.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Honoring 'unsung heroes' of the criminal justice system

As director of the DOC, I feel privileged and proud to hear accounts where the department’s staff have stepped out of their comfort zone to help those who are in need.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Undeniable need for Medicaid expansion

If you have followed the news at all in the past year, you have seen where the majority party in the Missouri General Assembly has made it clear it has no taste for an expansion of this safety program that is meant to provide care to those who need it most.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Saving for higher education may be easier than you think

Saving for our children’s higher education can be overwhelming, and at times it can seem as if there is no way to save enough.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Stop the political, economic evil of payday lenders

Missouri, thanks to its compliant legislature and its worst-in-the-nation campaign finance and lobbying ethics laws, has become a major hunting ground for the payday loan sharks.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Paying college players, changing education standards and

This is a roundup of recent editorials from newspapers across the U.S.

GUEST COMMENTARY: CATV needs community support

Today, CAT is constantly hard at work to lend a hand to the community. It has become an important player to the city’s greatest gems, whether it is True/False Film Festival, Citizen Jane Film Festival, Roots and Blues and BBQ Festival.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Immigration reform could help agriculture, boost economic growth

The majority of our agriculture workforce is made up of immigrants, and their hard work has helped America's farmers and ranchers lead the world.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Working for McNuggets no dream for Americans

As the low-wage sector goes, so goes the nation. That’s the message every middle-class American should be getting.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New FDA rules for imported food protect the public

Two-thirds of fruits and vegetables and 80 percent of seafood are imported into the United States. But a mere 2 percent of food imports is inspected at ports as they enter the country.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Congress must act on farm bill

A new five-year farm bill is needed before the present one expires Sept. 30 unless Congress is willing to abandon a program that provides support to large and small farm operations and food stamps for about 47 million Americans.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Take another look at tar

When Springfield first considered a ban, many skeptics were hoping that a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would resolve the issue, either by declaring that coal tar sealant was not the culprit or banning its use. The EPA did neither.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Constitution is not Chinese buffet

You can’t support the U.S. Constitution by passing laws that trash it. Missouri legislators would do well to remember that.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Most educated generation can't find work

We’re the most educated generation in American history, yet many of us are unemployed or underemployed. And too many of us are still financially dependent on our parents.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sequestration bites so deep that even some Republicans feel it

On Wednesday, the day after House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., put forth his budget, the bill to fund Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, was pulled off the House floor for lack of support. The cuts needed in those areas to reach the targets in the GOP budget were too deep for some lawmakers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Some of Manning's exposed secrets aided the public

Pfc. Bradley Manning's potentially dangerous decision revealed serious military failures that deserved public disclosure and debate.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should put its AAA credit rating to good use

The AAA credit rating (trademark pending) is what you make of it. Republicans, point to their decade in charge of the legislature in ensuring the state can borrow money at the lowest rates.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Congress should restore propaganda ban

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is lacking in oversight.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Veto of dangerous tax bill in Missouri may be safe

The tax bill, House Bill 253, gives hefty income tax cuts to self-employed persons who pass their business income onto their personal tax returns, and smaller breaks to individual taxpayers.