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Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Parents face challenges coming to terms with child's autism

Families struggle with three main issues when it comes to children with autism — receiving the diagnosis, handling the perceptions of others, and deciding on a course of treatment.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Education bill is too broad to be effective

The bill establishes a requirement for evaluating teachers and administrators on the basis of students' academic growth.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Expanding Medicaid will improve care, create jobs

An MU study found that expanding and strengthening Medicaid will create 24,000 new jobs in Missouri in 2014 alone. That means more nurses will be available to provide care to you and your loved ones.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tide may be turning for Missouri River

Wild weather — from flooding to drought — has created havoc on the river the last two years. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has acknowledged management practices need to be reconsidered to account for these events.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New 911 tax increase is the wrong call

Agencies that Public Safety Joint Communications serves need to pay their part to keep up with growth in our area.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Another effort to change the constitution

The different between a constitutional amendment and a law has prompted misuse and abuse as interest groups seek amendments to prevent alterations by legislators.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lowering income taxes to lure or keep business in Missouri won't work

Funds to local governments, schools, human services, even infrastructure will have to be cut to accommodate that deficit, which is exactly what Kansas is facing with projected revenue more than $700 million short of budgeted expenditures after passing a similar law last year.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Enforcement effort focuses on unbelted teen drivers

Jefferson City police officers will participate from Friday through March 31 in a statewide effort to crack down on unbelted teen drivers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sexual assault is criminal; generals don't get to decide

There is no difference between sexual assault in the military and in the civilian sector. There can be no distinction made between the need to protect women — and the occasional man — in civilian life and those who are working to protect us in the military.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Support a more open government through the Sunshine Law

March 10-16 is National Sunshine Week, a time for citizens and taxpayers to focus on state and local government operations and how those operations are visible to the citizens and taxpayers they serve.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Celebrating African-Americans' contributions to Missouri's justice system

Black Missouri residents have positively influenced the state for years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should tread carefully with tax changes

Missouri would better compete by improving schools, roads and public health, not forcing them to absorb further cuts.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Keep 'Big Brother' out of the classroom

A state lawmaker wants to make certain the electronic tracking application is not extended to public school students. Extending tracking devices to students would be an Orwellian invasion of privacy.

 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Newspaper reading fosters learning, educated voting

MU student Jonathan Seppo urges people to take time to talk to children about newspapers and model reading it for them, as well as support organizations like Newspaper in Education, who aim to expose children to newspapers while they are still in grade school.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Voters should reject 911 tax

Grass Roots Organizing opposes the sales tax because it will hurt the middle and lower classes, and the extra funding is unnecessary.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Newspapers should be part of classrooms to improve knowledge

MU student Karen Miller explains how reading the newspaper can increase our knowledge of the world and turn our youth into better readers. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Knowledge from newspapers can empower youth

A former Douglass Park neighborhood Columbia Missourian beat reporter shares how she thinks providing newspapers to young children will give them an opportunity to engage and advocate for a better future for themselves.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reading newspapers early can educate, build lifelong readers

Dan Burley explains how reading the newspaper as a child helped further his education and will hopefully lead him to a job. This March, the American Press Institute will promote Newspapers in Education Week to encourage reading the newspaper in the classroom.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Offshore tax loopholes must end to help US budget

Many American corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated accounting tricks to take advantage of loopholes in the tax code, leaving the rest of us to pick up the tab. With serious budget challenges before us, now is the time to put these tax loopholes to rest.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should not penalize people for sexual orientation

Tolerance is what makes our great, big heterogeneous country work. For all of these reasons — and more — it is wrong to continue to penalize people for their sexual orientation.

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