Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Properly used child safety seats protect lives

Consistent child safety seat and safety belt use is the most effective way to protect people and reduce serious injuries and fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lessons from the veto session and positive uses of drone technology

A roundup of editorials from Missouri newspapers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Keeping young offenders out of jail pays dividends

One of the things that Missouri government does well is juvenile justice. Now many other states have realized what Missouri realized decades ago: Locking kids up in detention centers neither bodes well for their futures nor keeps the public any safer.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Naming the names behind extreme weather

A group of climate change activists wants hurricanes to be named after head-in-the-sand politicos who — in mindless defiance of science — are climate change deniers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Crime summit needs blunt debate to find ways to reduce violence

Violent crime has been studied for decades, so a crime summit should offer some realistic solutions to the problems Missouri's cities face.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The appeal of hassle-free voter registration

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander urged Missourians to become registered voters for November elections.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Peaceful transition in Pakistan, the return of wrestling at the Olympics

A roundup of editorials from around the U.S.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Loss for flawed tax bill is victory for Missouri

Legislators must focus on targeted tax reform instead of economic gamble in 2014.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: On Syria, a horrible but correct decision that America might avoid making

This was the tough part of the president’s challenge, convincing America that this is our problem.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't believe the scare tactics

Missouri House Speaker argues veto override will create jobs and increase state revenue.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri holds the wrong distinction when it comes to hunger

Unfortunately, nearly 1 in 6 Missourians, or 16.7 percent of them, are food insecure. That means that at least once in the past year, in most cases several times, they skipped meals because they didn’t have enough food. Money ran out. Or they got by on less nutrition than they needed just to spread out the food they could afford.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: House Bill 436 bad for Missouri

Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, is apparently the only Republican thinking clearly on the issuen of HB 436. He voted against the bill because it is not only unconstitutional, it would cause havoc in law enforcement efforts.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Action in Syria could lead to moral crisis for US

Going ahead with military action against Syria in the face of widespread disapproval of the American people and discord among the international community would constitute a moral crisis for the United States.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The top five failures of Missouri's flawed tax cut bill

Rarely has a veto session of the Missouri General Assembly received such a buildup as the one beginning Wednesday. But rarely has a bill as bad as House Bill 253 stood a chance of being enacted into law.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri lawmakers can stand against gun bill or against Constitution

Attorney General Chris Koster's legal analysis of House Bill 436 is not partisan. It simply separates the bill's plain wording from the emotion of the gun debate.

GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. strikes in Syria would compound problems

Congress should push for diplomacy in Syria, not authorize military involvement.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Political courage needed to reform sex-offender registry

Studies disproving the effectiveness of such registries have proliferated. Extensive research has been conducted on the types of sexual offenders who will repeat their crimes, and the frequency — or more often, infrequency — that it happens.

DAVID ROSMAN: Let veto of Missouri tax bill stand

Lower taxes might sound good, but in reality we need to ask ourselves how the monies will be replaced and who will take the hit?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Koster's opinion boosts case to kill tax bill in Missouri

Chris Koster’s opinion reaffirms what independent analysts and others have said all along: House Bill 253 is a sloppy piece of legislation that could have dire consequences for Missouri citizens and services.