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Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Travel with care this Thanksgiving

For many Missourians, an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday begins with safe travel.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't demote cursive

A substantial body of research suggests that writing with pen and paper permits a more continuous flow of thoughts than keyboarding, which tends to create its own set of distractions.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Obama must come clean on Benghazi

Members of Congress in both parties are asking questions about why the administration’s public statements about the origins of the attack contradicted early intelligence information.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: FDA needs teeth to regulate drug compounders

Congress should stop pointing fingers and write the sort of laws that will make it clear the FDA has authority over every step of the making of compounded drugs.

'Peoples' Visioning' strives to make Columbia better through collaboration

The "Peoples' Visioning" community group is hosting their third mini-conference Monday with live music and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and a program at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room at Daniel Boone Regional Library.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Compensation issues for state workers spur frustrations

Some Missouri state employees have become demoralized because they are the lowest paid among their peers in the country and because the committee tasked with fixing the problem has not been quick to make progress.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Freshen up Missouri's economic development laws

Missouri law makers are trying to pass economic development bills to entice high-tech industries to locate in the state.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri must correct the outrageous spending on elections

The Citizens United decision and the rise of super PACs created an election process that spends more money and is less transparent than ever before. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Court rules add to public defender overload

Missouri offenses that were once minor crimes and have become felonies create additional work for attorneys who offer pro bono service.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sorry, the polls didn't stop on Election Day

Polls dominated election coverage throughout 2012, but the only poll that matters is the the one on Election Day.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate confronts a stealth attack on financial regulation

The Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act (S. 3468) is made more awful by the fact that it has at least some bipartisan support.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New China leader is a mystery

Xi will take the reins at a time of growing stress. Growth is slowing. Corruption remains endemic. Protests are common. The banking system remains a tool of the state.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Now is the time to make changes to elections

We can do better, and now is the time to do so before the next election cycle overwhelms the possibility of constructive electoral reform.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Give a hand to our veterans

We should all take advantage of the opportunity to say “thank you” to everyone who put their own safety on the line to protect our country to let them know that we appreciate their service.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Best result is that reality rules again

This is part of the new reality that will sink in, very quickly, as a result of Tuesday’s election: Obamacare, as Republicans liked to call it, is here to stay.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Redistricting splits Missouri's political personality

Redistricting has led to Democrats moving to the left and Republicans moving to the right. This reduces voters' choices and the ability of Congress to govern.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: After election, it's time for officials to get to work

The new government will have many familiar faces that need to push differences aside to have a productive term in office

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Defeat of cigarette tax increase hurts Missouri

By failing to pass Proposition B on Tuesday, Missouri has put itself in a difficult position.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Incumbents have success in 2012 election

Across all levels of government, the incumbents laregly defeated their challengers, which speaks on the feelings of the voters. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Obama must lead a still-divided nation forward

Despite a bruising campaign, voters showed a willingness to let Obama continue the slow but upward trajectory the nation has followed since he took office.

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