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Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ameren asks legislature for expensive fix for what's not broken

In effect, Ameren’s success in keeping power on during recent storms belies its sales pitch to lawmakers. The system isn’t broke.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's wrong way on Medicaid expansion

A bill introduced by Rep. Jay Barnes would expand Medicaid limits for adults, but only to 100 percent of the poverty level. The bill would likely rule out the state receiving any added federal funds.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Outlook for continued growth amid uncertainty

The retail sector has been active, with new businesses opening, as well as significant expansions, relocations and improvements. The number of building permits issued during 2012 also marked an increase from previous years, with 406 requests that translated into a total valuation of $1.6 million.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Political games delay help to victims of domestic violence

Congress needs to renew Violence Against Women Act now, not only so that agencies such as Harmony House can apply for grants that are supported through the act but so that the progress that has been made since the act initially passed in 1994 in addressing domestic violence can continue.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax amnesty — collecting money comes at a cost

Participants in the proposed program must comply with state tax laws for eight years or incur renewal of penalties and interest that was waived.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: What to do with yesterday's monuments to public education

While scaring away potential buyers is a risk, school districts need to make sure closed properties are used as intended by buyers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time for Missouri Republicans to follow Rick Scott's lead

If one of the nation's top tea party governor's can accept Obama's Affordable Care Act, then so should our own lawmakers in Missouri.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Bill could lead to making even thinking illegal

Rep. Mike Leara's wants to criminalize proposing any kind of gun control legislation. What's next?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Defining an ‘assault’ on the Constitution

Our opinion is proposed legislation by state Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City, to prohibit assault weapons and large-capacity magazines is unconstitutional.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Key questions must be answered after deadly Kansas City blast

Investigators must determine why someone in authority didn't order an evacuation soon after the city and Missouri Gas Energy were notified of a gas leak more than an hour before the explosion near Country Club Plaza.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: State must find drug task force funds

Gov. Jay Nixon has called on state legislators to come up with the $3 million in funds likely to be cut from the federal budget.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New crack disparity law should apply to current cases

After passing laws to reduce the disparity between sentencing for individuals caught with crack cocaine and those caught with powder cocaine, it's time to be sure the new laws apply to crack cocaine cases already in the pipeline.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Important values can be found in outdoor activities

Outdoor activities offer a stellar opportunity for families — grandparents, parents and children — to spend time together.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lawmakers should seize opportunity to give second chance to foster children

A bill introduced by Sen. Jolie Justus would allow foster children to petition a judge to be readmitted to state custody.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate forges compromise in passing workers' comp fix

Last week, the Senate passed a very complicated bill that has vexed the chamber for years. If the bill, Senate Bill 1, becomes law, it could fix the insolvent Second Injury Fund.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Government needs to reauthorize Violence Against Women act

The reauthorization bill offers needed expanded protections for gay people, undocumented immigrants and Native American women who suffer from domestic abuse.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Give grading 'E' for effort

Giving schools grades on things such as dropout rates is a starting point to make a complicated ranking system understandable for parents.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Obama links solutions to more spending

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama said, "We can't cut our way to prosperity." However, we can't spent our way to prosperity either.

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