Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A made-up gun scandal

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and legislators are trumping up a baseless allegation that the state Department of Revenue is compiling a secret gun database to share with the federal government.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Expanding Medicaid would help, not hurt, Missouri

Hard-working families deserve strengthened Medicaid and expanded health care coverage, and there are many good business reasons to do this.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Celebrate Tax Freedom Day, you earned it

Tax Freedom Day can be viewed from geographical, chronological and/or categorical perspectives. And whether you consider the observance aggravating, liberating or both, remember you earned it.



WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Republicans lost in movie set: Attack of the drones

Republicans need to back away from the black helicopters, er, drones, and focus on real problems, like health care, education, roads and, oh, yea, jobs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Small businesses now have options for affordable health care

Insurance companies must now publicly justify every rate increase of 10 percent or more, which has led to a sharp decline in double-digit rate hikes. Starting in 2014, insurers will have to justify every proposed rate increase, even if it’s a 1 percent bump.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Evidence lacking in Ryan Ferguson conviction

There is overwhelming evidence of Ryan Ferguson's innocence; he has been mistreated by Missouri's legal system.


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.