Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Connecting dots shows relationships of economic stories

A long series of tax and public policy decisions has created an America that values wealth far more than work.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Staff cuts at Ellis Fischel impact quality of patient care

We wanted Ellis Fischel simply because of the team approach they had. This included Advance Practice Nurses. We would rethink that decision now given the current circumstances.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The genius of energy conservation and clean energy adoption

Citizens must take collective responsibility to conserve energy and slow human-caused climate change in an attempt to protect the environment for future generations.


GUEST COMMENTARY: American Dream needs fair minimum wage

Many American companies have been driving down wages to poverty levels that are too low for workers to live on and too low to sustain the consumer demand that businesses need to survive and thrive.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: An unhealthy drone in the air

Journalism schools will no longer be able to use unmanned drones for news gathering purposes as the federal government sees it as an infraction to aviation regulations.

GUEST COMMENTARY: HB 253 veto should stand

Besides its inadvertent tax increases, HB 253 puts vital state services at risk through its tax cuts.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Embrace our linguistic diversity to strengthen America

Greater and lesser pockets of diversity emerge when one zooms in on the U.S. Census Bureau's map. In California, 44 percent of people don’t speak English at home. In Laredo, Texas, it’s an astounding 92 percent. Here in the heartland, English has a firmer hold. In Kansas, 11 percent of people speak something else at home. In Missouri, it’s only 6 percent.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Get the facts on food stamps

A new farm bill must address the needs of our nation's agricultural industry and the need to cut an increasingly unsustainable national budget.

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.