Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Care reduces mayhem on roadways, waterways

During the operation, troopers will be assigned to 20-mile intervals along interstates and specified highways. They will be alert for all traffic violations with a special focus on aggressive driving.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri is failing to protect at-risk children

In the past year, the Department of Social Services has regressed from an agency that routinely released records of serious child abuse cases to one of secrecy and obfuscation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Why?' has no answer

Two days shy of today’s two-year mark of our own pain here in Joplin, the people of Moore, Okla., are, sadly, feeling theirs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Deficits under control, but workers pay the price

The sequester is causing real pain. The nation would be better served by investing more in its workforce even it it meant deficits would shrink more slowly.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Governor should veto bill aimed at state income tax cuts

Growth is predicated on a boom in business activity that supporters of the tax-cut bill expect once people figure out how tax-friendly Missouri has become.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Secondary offense, primary precaution

Public safety campaigns by a range of highway safety organizations repeatedly remind drivers and passengers of the importance of buckling up.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The hidden agenda in Jefferson City

Perhaps the biggest disappointment this session was the failure of a broad coalition of supporters of Medicaid expansion to get so much as a reasonable debate in either chamber.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Reducing the number needed for 'one too many'

Making progress on the problem of reducing drinking and driving among both social drinkers and heavy drinkers is a matter of political will, say members of the National Transportation Safety Board.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Failure and inertia prevail in Jefferson City

How else to explain another session ending without a jobs plan or a strategy for funding transportation projects? How else to explain a legislature that allowed bountiful debate time for a host of preposterous gun-rights bills but never got around to seriously discussing Medicaid reform and expansion?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Guns in schools is not the answer

It’s not right for someone young to be exposed to something so deadly as a gun. Children should not be exposed to guns — especially in schools.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon inconsistent with tax credits

As Missouri's legislative session is about to close, some are wondering why so little has been done with tax credit reform.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In a leaks case, and a leaks investigation, who is helping whom?

The Justice Department's decision to issue blanket subpoenas for two months’ worth of records from 20 phone lines used by Associated Press reporters and editors raises questions about the administration's commitment to a truly free press.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: State services, employees hit in crossfire of spite-based budgeting

An issue flared after a civil lawsuit in the Bootheel challenged the Department of Revenue’s collection of personal information as part of its driver’s license permitting process.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Time is running out to fix Second Injury Fund

The fund is part of the way workers are compensated for serious work-related injuries whch leave them permanently unable to work. Sadly, the fund is now bankrupt.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri House wins the triple crown of right-wing porn

House Bill 436 seeks to nullify any and all past and future federal laws that might infringe upon Missouri’s interpretation of the Second Amendment, which is very different from the Supreme Court’s and which can be summarized thusly: Anything goes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: LP's disappearance for years should lead to reforms

Records released by the Missouri Department of Social Services contain no indication that anyone called LP’s mother or visited her home. Given the family’s history, a call to the state child abuse hotline would likely have resulted in a search for LP and possibly a return to state supervision.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Revenues raise exuberance for capital improvements

With state revenues on the rise, Gov. Jay Nixon has been prompted to increase the number of improvement projects he proposed in the State of the State address in January.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time to collect taxes on Internet sales

Passage of this year's Marketplace Fairness Act would allow far more efficient collection of taxes already owed to states and others.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Approve ‘priority’ public safety measure

A measure to extend closure of security plans for public buildings, including schools, continues to bounce back and forth between the House and Senate.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Go slow with tax credit caps

Legislators should avoid draconian action with low-income housing tax credits because it has a proven track record.