Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't let politics derail efforts to stop military sexual assaults

Commanders who deal with real-life issues in their units are likely to make better decisions than prosecutors who are isolated from the impact of their decisions, Sen. McCaskill said.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Innovation campuses grab the national spotlight

The Missouri Innovation Campus is clearly an idea whose time has arrived. The challenge is to broaden its scope.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A final worthy hunt for criminals of the Holocaust

Fewer elderly Nazis are still living beyond the reach of the law, but even if it’s only a handful, the search for them is worth the effort in the interest of justice and a full historical accounting of how remarkably close the murderous Hitler regime came to realizing its astonishing goal of eradicating of European Jewry.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Walmart ruling may be fair, but it leaves much confusion

Another Walmart will move in to Springfield, despite a citizen referendum.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Obama comes out strong for the middle class

In part, President Barack Obama used his Show-Me State visit to repeat his call for Republicans to show the nation specifics of their alternatives. And he promised to listen.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We must reclaim the promise of a great public education

Without a great public education, that core promise our nation makes to all children, they won’t have the preparation they need to get a good job and grow our economy.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Stand your ground' may have gone too far

Missouri, like Florida, has a version of a “Stand Your Ground” law, which means a person with a gun on his own property who fears for his life doesn’t have a duty to retreat.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri has too many roads lacking maintenance

Lettered routes are vital transportation links in rural areas, connecting not only farmers to markets, but students to schools and employees to work.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Desperately flailing against health care act while it saves lives

The fact remains that even though some big insurance companies have refused to sign up, states that have created insurance exchanges have seen the “magic of the marketplace.”

ROSE NOLEN: It's not easy, but let's strive for drug-free communities

We should use our freedom to better ourselves and communities instead of using it for entertainment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let’s face it, Rex Sinquefield is trying to buy the Missouri legislature

Rex Sinquefield’s support for a bill that would cut income taxes in Missouri appears rooted more in ideology than self-interest.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Yards full of lead is another sad legacy of Joplin tornado

Lead poisoning, of course, affects everyone’s health, but it is especially damaging to the health of our children.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Risky for-profit colleges need better oversight

Some trade schools provide quality training for reasonable prices. But throughout the so-called for-profit college industry, abuses are well-documented.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Eat better, walk more, live longer

The United States ranks below many countries in terms of lifespan. But the reasons why are fixable.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time for Nixon to follow through on his campaign finance pledge

One very wealthy man is trying to buy himself a legislature. Your elected officials are willing to do his bidding.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't kill food stamps, but restrict access to sugary drinks

Soda purchases now account for 58 percent of beverages purchased with food assistance program, according to doctors.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Empty promises give us empty plates

If setting up a nutrition bill separate from the farm bill really was important to legislators, they would have had it in hand already.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Inequality is behind dismal life expectancy in U.S.

A new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that America's continuing health woes may be more tied up with social inequality than health care.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Gas taxes, tolls are better way to fund Missouri roads

A general sales tax is an ineffective and unethical way to fund transportation improvement because not everyone uses the roads equally.

J. KARL MILLER: Cooler heads prevailed in Zimmerman case, but not everyone was calm

Although most of the population consists of level-headed people, there will always be those who are ignorant and racist.