Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's new chief justice sets prudent priorities

Mary R. Russell wants to improve civics education, expand "specialty" courts that focus on alcohol and drug offenses and make courts more accessible via the Internet.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The climate change debate — pay now, or pay much more later

For too long, policymakers, including coal-state senators from both parties like Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri, have put off the costs for another day.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress must act so recent graduates have job options

Fixing the tax regime for pass-through businesses presents a major opportunity to drop the disgraceful unemployment rate in Missouri, especially for recent graduates.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wednesday was a great day for equality in America

No longer will federal law make second-class citizens of those who choose and love same-sex partners, thanks to this week's Supreme Court ruling.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Help police make Columbia safer

We have many who work their jobs and take on the extra. They should be rewarded with our supporting/helping them keep Columbia safe.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Better FDA oversight is needed for prescription safety

Compounding pharmacies, which create customized medications from scratch, are regulated by state boards, and sometimes not closely enough.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri should not delay access to health care

The problem of uninsured Missouri residents impacts everyone. The uninsured miss out on preventive care and management of chronic illnesses that could keep them out of emergency rooms and hospitals.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Border security shouldn't stall immigration bill

Most of the border control wouldn't be necessary if lawmakers worried more about letting workers into the country legally instead of keeping them out.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Fee is another name for tax

Fees are a different type of tax. Increased fees equal increased taxation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'Wagging the dog'? Obama shifts on Syria

In the end, the president’s long-standing reluctance to wade into the Syrian mess means that any uptick in U.S. support for the rebels will be modest, if not simply symbolic, for the moment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri governor should veto cellphone tower bill

Cellphone towers are imposing structures, and local officials should have the right to consider their relationship to property values and the well-being of a community.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri is drunk on tax credits. Who will take the bottle away?

In six years, tax credit spending has increased by $159 million.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In government surveillance, the horns of dilemma

It has been a tenet of our republic from the beginning that the government should have as little intrusion into our lives as possible.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's time to stand up for rural Missouri

This year's bill required some Missouri-style compromise and commonsense — and while nobody got everything they wanted, it's a bill that we can all be proud of, and that passed the Senate with a large bipartisan majority.

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.