Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Take another look at tar

When Springfield first considered a ban, many skeptics were hoping that a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would resolve the issue, either by declaring that coal tar sealant was not the culprit or banning its use. The EPA did neither.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Constitution is not Chinese buffet

You can’t support the U.S. Constitution by passing laws that trash it. Missouri legislators would do well to remember that.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Most educated generation can't find work

We’re the most educated generation in American history, yet many of us are unemployed or underemployed. And too many of us are still financially dependent on our parents.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sequestration bites so deep that even some Republicans feel it

On Wednesday, the day after House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., put forth his budget, the bill to fund Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, was pulled off the House floor for lack of support. The cuts needed in those areas to reach the targets in the GOP budget were too deep for some lawmakers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Some of Manning's exposed secrets aided the public

Pfc. Bradley Manning's potentially dangerous decision revealed serious military failures that deserved public disclosure and debate.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should put its AAA credit rating to good use

The AAA credit rating (trademark pending) is what you make of it. Republicans, point to their decade in charge of the legislature in ensuring the state can borrow money at the lowest rates.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Congress should restore propaganda ban

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is lacking in oversight.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Veto of dangerous tax bill in Missouri may be safe

The tax bill, House Bill 253, gives hefty income tax cuts to self-employed persons who pass their business income onto their personal tax returns, and smaller breaks to individual taxpayers.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Detroit's a mess; here is how it ended up in bankruptcy

Some of the wounds are self-inflicted, largely by the long string of incompetent and corrupt politicians its voters kept electing.

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.”