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Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Republicans short of strategy before fall elections

The latest debate among party insiders is whether GOP House and Senate candidates should produce a document like the Contract With America that tells voters what to expect if Republicans win full control of Congress.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New EPA standards give kids a fighting chance

The director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign writes that we are the last generation with "the chance to turn the corner on climate disruption."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 10 reasons to vote down the transportation sales tax

There is a lot of juice behind the three-quarter-cent state sales tax increase proposal, which would result in the largest tax increase in state history. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time for the state to get tough with Tyson

Tyson has an environmental legacy in Missouri that includes 20 violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The introduction of a chemical in Clear Creek is the latest issue.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Governor's tactics are alarming and ineffective

It's time the governor works with the legislature on budget issues, as well as other important legislation, rather than ringing alarms after the fact.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Prayer can have a place at public meetings

The most recent legal challenge was filed by two non-Christians who contended the prayers at public meetings in a New York state town should be more generic or diverse.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Climate change is real, and it's hurting us

Guest commentator Johann Bruhn writes about the consequences of climate change and urges readers to take action to save the planet.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Try some inexpensive, delicious fish with goofy names

We have an abundant supply of inexpensive, delicious fish with goofy or obscure names, but all we want to eat are fish we’re used to eating.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Consumers, companies need to take data breaches seriously

Given the high-tech way in which the world operates now, protecting data is a business necessity and a matter of safety and security for every consumer.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tornado Alley towns can learn from Joplin

Joplin has rebuilt after the tornado using more precautionary building standards, and other communities should follow suit.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: GOP may regret flying too high during legislative session

Will the final flurry of legislative activity by Missouri Republicans result in a fate similar to the mythological Icarus?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Want the Missouri legislature's attention? Write a bigger check

When Steve Tilley, a legislator turned lobbyist, wrote a check to the House Republican Campaign Committee on May 10, it cast a dark cloud over every vote taken — or not taken — the last week of the session involving one of his clients.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Man can't live on cabbage alone

Americans need credible nutrition advice they can trust, not a choice between quacks and "experts" sold out to junk food companies.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ethanol subsidies should be eliminated

Corn producers won't like hearing it, but there are three big reasons to eliminate subsidies for ethanol fuel.

GUEST COMMENTARY: KOMU outlines reasons for not settling with DirecTV

Simply acquiescing to DirecTV's demands would do significant harm to KOMU's viewers and its educational mission.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Celebrities draw attention to social ills but mask deeper issues

We're mistaking moralism for morality. The real systemic sins are hiding inside the latter. Yet the cycle spins on.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: At least one American city has sensible gun laws

The right to bear arms is not unlimited. Washington, D.C. has gun control laws that should be emulated in Missouri's cities.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Rich are growing exponentially richer

The concentration of wealth is more extreme than you might imagine. The 400 richest Americans possess combined assets of over $2 trillion — as much wealth as all 41 million African Americans.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Jay Nixon and the summer of 176 vetoes

Missouri's failure to pass a Medicaid expansion bill is a crisis — one that demands bold moves from its governor, writes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mom was right: The 'five-second' rule does apply

Scientific studies have found that the potential risks of eating food that falls on the floor are minimal.

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