Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Yards full of lead is another sad legacy of Joplin tornado

Lead poisoning, of course, affects everyone’s health, but it is especially damaging to the health of our children.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Risky for-profit colleges need better oversight

Some trade schools provide quality training for reasonable prices. But throughout the so-called for-profit college industry, abuses are well-documented.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Eat better, walk more, live longer

The United States ranks below many countries in terms of lifespan. But the reasons why are fixable.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time for Nixon to follow through on his campaign finance pledge

One very wealthy man is trying to buy himself a legislature. Your elected officials are willing to do his bidding.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't kill food stamps, but restrict access to sugary drinks

Soda purchases now account for 58 percent of beverages purchased with food assistance program, according to doctors.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Empty promises give us empty plates

If setting up a nutrition bill separate from the farm bill really was important to legislators, they would have had it in hand already.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Inequality is behind dismal life expectancy in U.S.

A new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that America's continuing health woes may be more tied up with social inequality than health care.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Gas taxes, tolls are better way to fund Missouri roads

A general sales tax is an ineffective and unethical way to fund transportation improvement because not everyone uses the roads equally.

J. KARL MILLER: Cooler heads prevailed in Zimmerman case, but not everyone was calm

Although most of the population consists of level-headed people, there will always be those who are ignorant and racist.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Volume of vetoes speaks to poor legislation

Gov. Jay Nixon's veto statements provide numerous examples of legislative failures.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In Zimmerman verdict, fear was enshrined in law

Despite what the special prosecutor said, the Florida v. Zimmerman case was about race and guns.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Seek justice for Trayvon Martin through violence prevention

Do not allow the legacy of Trayvon Martin to be violence, allow it to be violence prevention.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: As drownings spike in state, swimmers should know limits

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds residents that swimming is a strenuous activity. Swimmers should avoid being too tired as well as too far from safety.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Humane horse slaughter may serve sound purpose

Daviess County might seem like an unlikely place for horse slaughter, until you consider it is home to Missouri's largest Amish settlement, where horses are common in everyday life.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Out of touch Congress puts college out of reach for many

Rates on subsidized loans doubled on July 1, leaving many families unable to consider the cost. What's worse, state support for higher education in Missouri could reach zero by 2036, experts say.

DAVID ROSMAN: Employment numbers may be up, but half of jobless are older workers

For those over the age of 55, the job search can be even more difficult. Employers may not believe they can teach an old dog new tricks.

J. KARL MILLER: Immigration reform is necessary, and overdue

If immigration reform is to succeed, there will have to be compromises made from both sides of the aisle.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Paula Deen, Aaron Hernandez suffering fates of their own making

Cooking star Paula Deen and football player Aaron Hernandez had climbed high into the national spotlight, which meant a hard fall.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Why do other SEC states care more about students than Missouri?

Missouri is lagging behind most other SEC states in scholarships, making it difficult to keep the best and brightest at home.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Curfews are not the solution to youth crime in Columbia

Curfews raise many questions about enforcement and foster increased rebellion.