Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Farm bill fails to trim the fat for corporate interests

Lawmakers love to wring hands over the deficit and budgets, except when it’s time for feeding farm supporters.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Government dragnet threatens our rights to privacy, free speech

The intrusion into American lives for the sake of security shows that many elected officials "have lost touch with the privacy needs of the people they're sworn to serve."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Supreme Court rules children can get education they deserve

The law says unaccredited districts must pay for their students to get the education they deserve. It is likely that school districts worried about money will delay enforcement again.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Join cause to find space for needed services in Columbia

The Interfaith Day Center at 616 Park Ave. in the First Ward is a daytime drop-in and referral hub.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri provides a fundamental right to marry convicts

U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry in St. Louis threw out a provision of Missouri law requiring both applicants for a marriage license to sign the application “in the presence of the recorder of deeds or their deputy.”

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let Nixon's veto be a call to rethink tax-cut bills

We agree with the governor that repeal of the tax exemption on prescription drugs is a flaw. We do not, however, consider the measure ill-conceived and fiscally irresponsible.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Social Security continues as fight between Main Street, elite

The effort to cut Social Security benefits isn't a left vs. right argument. Instead, it's a fight between Main Street and the Wall Street elite.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia airport needs our business more than tax money

Before spending millions of dollars on a terminal expansion, taxpayers in Columbia should commit to using their regional airport whenever practical rather than driving to St. Louis or Kansas City.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Reality of Missouri school funding: It gets worse every year

As Missouri lawmakers brag about the state's funding of education in the upcoming year, the amount of state revenue spent on schools shows a different side of the story.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Laws of physics apply to encounters with trains

Conductors have limited options when motorists and pedestrians are walking along or across the railroad page. A full train can take more than a mile to slow down. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Equal pay for men and women? Didn't happen

Despite federal legislation taking effect 50 years ago, there is still a pay gap between men and women in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's time to do something smart about Syria

The U.S. government should step up diplomacy and humanitarian aid rather than taking a more belligerent stance.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pork deal would tie rural Missouri to China

Meat consumption among the Chinese middle class has grown as it is looking to emulate Western culture. For Missouri, this could mean deep changes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New motorcycle laws reinforce common sense

The motorcycle helmet law should not be degraded to a secondary offense, but rather seat belt laws should be upgraded to a primary offense.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Republicans say corruption exists in the legislature

Much of the money coming to and from Missouri legislators might cross ethical boundaries.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Springfield loses its hometown visionary

John Q. Hammons was known as a builder and innovator in Springfield. The death of the man who built up a city and supported medical, academic and athletic advances comes as a large loss.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gov. Nixon must reject bad bills on taxes, guns, abortion, workers’ rights

Republican majorities in the Missouri House and Senate reduce the chances that Gov. Jay Nixon will veto bills, but there's a chance these bills might not be approved.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Farm bill should benefit more than big agriculture

Farm bills, created during the Depression to protect family farms, have morphed into programs that subsidize corporate agribusiness, often at the expense of family farmers.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's scandal season at the Obama White House

The Obama White House is dealing with a number of scandals right now but none are deserving of impeachment.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Death in the shallow of a wall

In honor of Memorial Day and the many people who fought for the United States, the Missourian is republishing this column by Ernie Pyle. Pyle accompanied World War II Allied forces in the invasions of North Africa, Italy and Normandy, and reported from the front lines with stories of soldiers and their lives. He was killed by Japanese gunfire on Ieshima in 1945.