Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Setting standards for Missouri schools needs serious attention

Setting good and challenging standards should in no way impede a teacher's ability to teach that subject or grade level.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We can't go on eating like this

Agriculture is pushing up global temperatures and draining our resources. High- and low-tech solutions have been proposed, but the real answer might be to use all of them.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon fine with favors, as long as he's handing them out

Missouri legislators are willing to pass a special law for one company while schools are under-funded and food insecurity rates increase.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: So much pink, so little money for breast cancer research

NFL fans so inclined can get their favorite team jerseys, hats, and just about anything else sporting the pink ribbon or done in a pink color scheme. But breast cancer research only gets about 5 percent of that revenue.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Olive Garden CEO richly rewarded for a job badly done

Altogether, the top three executives for the company that owns the Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse are leaving their jobs with combined compensation valued at an estimated $68 million.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sen. Claire McCaskill's college tour gives sexual violence deserved attention

The Missouri Democrat hopes her proposed Campus Accountability and Safety Act can pass Congress in 2015.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time for Missouri to take the Sunshine Law seriously

A report released earlier this week by Auditor Tom Schweich shows transparency violations throughout Missouri. Attorney General Chris Koster must press the case all over the state that the Sunshine Law is a valuable accountability tool for citizens.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: R.I.P. Saturday morning cartoons

The CW Network, the last bastion of Saturday morning cartoons debuted a five-hour package of educational and informational shows. No longer are there cartoons on network television.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Another layer of protection against Ebola makes sense

Air travelers are screened in West Africa before they are allowed to leave their countries. Still, the American health care system needs to react with greater vigilance when cases of Ebola do reach this country.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Learn the symptoms of mental illness, promote understanding

One of the main messages of Mental Illness Awareness Week stresses spotting indicators of illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia with the goal of timely intervention in mind.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Supreme Court decides gay marriage issue by declining to decide

The middle-ground reading of the court's action is that gay marriages must be allowed in other states in the judicial circuits from which the five cases originated. The broadest reading is that the debate over gay marriage is over.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Dallas exposes the weak link in the Ebola fight

The effects of the communication breakdown in the case of the Ebola patient in Dallas continue to ripple outward.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hunters urged to look for evidence of missing persons

It must be devastating to deal with the unanswered questions and unknown circumstances that surround the disappearance of a loved one. Hunters can — and have been known to — solve those riddles and help provide answers and closure in missing persons’ cases.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Undermining health care can't conceal its success

Missouri is one of only a few states that does not review health insurance rates. Potential health care customers here don't know which companies are offering plans, what benefit options are available or how much it will all cost.

JILL RICHARDSON: Do your kids a favor — give them a chance to pick apples

Whether you munch on apples, carrots, celery or peaches, you're doing your body a favor whenever you simply eat fruits and veggies. When it comes to getting your kids to eat fruits and vegetable, apple picking is the ultimate low-hanging fruit.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: As Eric Holder resigns, a confusing legacy as attorney general

Holder, the nation's first black attorney general, fiercely defended civil rights, but his treatment of civil liberties and refusal to prosecute the bankers behind the 2008 financial crisis leaves much to be questioned.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: U.S., extremists are not playing the same game

The U.S. needs to focus on women's education in the long-term battle against extremists.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A moving train can't stop for drivers or pedestrians

In 2013, 64 crossing crashes and trespassing incidents resulted in 14 fatalities and 38 injuries in the state.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Appalling events keep troubling Secret Service

Recent revelations show that in the past five years 16 people have jumped the White House fence, putting the president, his family and White House staff at risk. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Military culture on trial at Fort Leonard Wood

The trial of Army Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez highlighted one concern that victims' advocates fear most — allegations of intimidation and threats of retaliation for reporting sexual assaults.