Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time to end term limits in the Missouri legislature

House Speaker Tim Jones and other legislators have pointed to problems with the shorter terms. Legislators are just learning how to be effective when their time is up.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 150 years after Gettysburg, issues that drove the Civil War remain

There has been progress — a black man occupies the White House, after all. But every day, millions of black Americans live in conditions spawned by America’s failure to enforce the victory.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon pushes back against bad tax bill

Governor's challenge — in the form of a veto and spending freeze — sets the stage for a showdown with the GOP. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Modern civil rights movement still has work to do

The truth is that Jim Crow may be dead, but racism is alive and well. Our first order of business now needs to be demanding that Congress reformulate the pre-clearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislation is a critical step toward high-speed broadband access for Missouri

House Bill 331 would bring uniformity to Missouri's current guidelines and result in expanded wireless networks.

ROSE NOLEN: I understand my pets, even if no one else does

Removing a cat's claws could mean taking away a tool for survival — but might make snuggling much more enjoyable.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mizzou to give what medal? To what company?

It's a fine company, but FleishmanHillard may be an awkward choice for the School of Journalism Honor Medal.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's new chief justice sets prudent priorities

Mary R. Russell wants to improve civics education, expand "specialty" courts that focus on alcohol and drug offenses and make courts more accessible via the Internet.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The climate change debate — pay now, or pay much more later

For too long, policymakers, including coal-state senators from both parties like Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri, have put off the costs for another day.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress must act so recent graduates have job options

Fixing the tax regime for pass-through businesses presents a major opportunity to drop the disgraceful unemployment rate in Missouri, especially for recent graduates.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wednesday was a great day for equality in America

No longer will federal law make second-class citizens of those who choose and love same-sex partners, thanks to this week's Supreme Court ruling.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Help police make Columbia safer

We have many who work their jobs and take on the extra. They should be rewarded with our supporting/helping them keep Columbia safe.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Better FDA oversight is needed for prescription safety

Compounding pharmacies, which create customized medications from scratch, are regulated by state boards, and sometimes not closely enough.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri should not delay access to health care

The problem of uninsured Missouri residents impacts everyone. The uninsured miss out on preventive care and management of chronic illnesses that could keep them out of emergency rooms and hospitals.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Border security shouldn't stall immigration bill

Most of the border control wouldn't be necessary if lawmakers worried more about letting workers into the country legally instead of keeping them out.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Fee is another name for tax

Fees are a different type of tax. Increased fees equal increased taxation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'Wagging the dog'? Obama shifts on Syria

In the end, the president’s long-standing reluctance to wade into the Syrian mess means that any uptick in U.S. support for the rebels will be modest, if not simply symbolic, for the moment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri governor should veto cellphone tower bill

Cellphone towers are imposing structures, and local officials should have the right to consider their relationship to property values and the well-being of a community.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri is drunk on tax credits. Who will take the bottle away?

In six years, tax credit spending has increased by $159 million.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In government surveillance, the horns of dilemma

It has been a tenet of our republic from the beginning that the government should have as little intrusion into our lives as possible.