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Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: The high price of cheap chicken

Chicken is cheaper from a poultry plant than a local farmer. The difference is not only in the economics of scale, but also in the way birds are slaughtered.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Progress on Pre-K funding in legislature, but heavy lifting remains

Funding schools isn’t easy in a state that produces the sixth-lowest tax revenue per capita in the country. But it’s also the second priority lawmakers signed up for when they agreed to uphold the state constitution. First is paying debts.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Citizens group must make the case for a better KCI

The terminal advisory group's report needs to be detailed enough to spell out what travelers would get for the admittedly significant amounts of money — raised from passengers, not taxpayers — necessary to upgrade the airport for the next 40 years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Easing Missouri helmet law is, again, a bad idea

Taxpayers have an interest in this proposal because they will help pay for injuries suffered by riders without helmets.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Football players should not be treated as amateurs

Scholarship athletes on the Northwestern University football team participated in an election to determine whether they will unionize. The results won't be immediate, but could mean better compensation for college athletes in the future.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax cut hyperbole - ‘Crippling impact’ or ‘scare tactic’?

If the proposed tax cut wins approval and the provision is challenged, the courts will decide which legal opinion prevails.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's tax strategy: Give to the rich and take from the poor

There is no credible evidence that broad-based income tax cuts would benefit the state economy, and the cuts contemplated would make it harder to invest in schools and services.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sexual assault victims on campus need more support

Sexual assaults on college campuses are notoriously under-reported. But, recent criticism of the way MU handled the sexual assault allegations of former swimmer Sasha Menu Courey has prompted school officials and lawmakers to take rapes more seriously.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We need to stop picking up the restaurant industry's tab

Members of the National Restaurant Association have been fighting efforts to change a boost in minimum wage for tipped workers, which has been stuck at $2.13 per hour for more than 20 years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missourians support ethics reform. Why won't the legislature act?

A new poll conducted by The Wickers Group on behalf of the Missouri Liberty Project shows broad-based support, among Democrats, Republicans and independents, for serious ethics reform in the Show-Me State.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Good job, legislature, keeping e-cigs away from minors

E-cigs are touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products, but they are not without health risks.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri needs a way to monitor prescription drug abuse

We encourage area citizens concerned for their communities to support legislative proposals for a prescription drug monitoring program that would allow Missouri authorities to electronically analyze drug purchases and detect when prescriptions are being abused.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Being a vegetarian doesn't mean being a jerk

Open dialogue — not judgment — is more productive among people with different diet choices.

GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. attorney general takes humane steps toward prison reform

The attorney general — long dismissed by many critics as a mere minion of his dictatorial boss — is actively involved in bringing, of all things, human rights to our prison system.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We might be journalists, but at least we're not lumberjacks

A group of young journalists respond to new job rankings which place journalism jobs at the bottom of the "best" list.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Highway Patrol cross-trains to boost safety at Lake of the Ozarks

Just as athletes enhance fitness and safety by training in multiple disciplines, state troopers will promote public safety at the Lake of the Ozarks by acquiring training both on highways and waterways.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The tragedy in Rwanda may ultimately have a happy ending

In Rwanda today, the genocide — while it will never be forgotten — has been put aside as the victims and the perpetrators join hands in a remarkable effort to build a better nation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Luxury living for seniors, at taxpayers' expense

A Missouri House bill would allow senior living centers to organize as not-for-profits and avoid many taxes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senseless act of violence takes three lives at K.C. Jewish center

This kind of headline should not be the norm, and no family or community should have to endure this sorrow. Yet we as a nation seem paralyzed at the prospect of dealing with it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: One genetically engineered crop doesn't change root causes of poverty

By focusing on the real, underlying problems instead of a narrowly defined nutrient deficiency, countless numbers of people could have enjoyed a higher standard of living.

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