Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Romney tacks toward Obama's foreign policies

Barack Obama's thoughtful demeanor and Mitt Romney's anti-war agenda in the third debate meant neither candidate emerged as a frontrunner with the election just two weeks away.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Amendment would damage courts

Voters will render a verdict on the future of the Missouri Plan with Constitutional Amendment 3, and, in our opinion, it would unnecessarily change a nonpartisan court plan that has been imitated by more than 30 states across the nation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia should refrain from raising hotel taxes

There are other ways to pay for the Columbia Regional Airport expansion, other than increasing the hotel tax.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Ads alone won't rein in Wall Street

Political campaign ads won't stop Wall Street greed, but a financial transaction tax might. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Akin apologized for his wording, not for his message

Todd Akin's statement about pregnancy and rape has become infamous, insinuating that a woman who becomes pregnant during rape was not actually raped. His remarks are emblematic of a larger problem regarding ignorance about women's issues.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A timely warning on Internet spying

A recent report by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee cautioned American companies about equipment supplied by two Chinese companies: Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Vote no on Amendment 3, Proposition E

Both Amendment 3, which would give the governor more power to pick judges, and Proposition E, which would take away power from the governor to unilaterally create a state health exchange, are cruel legislative jokes and do not have any business being on the ballot.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri must limit malpractice awards

Two statesand two wildly different conclusions about what is permissible when someone accuses another of medical malpractice.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Jim Murphy gave public service a good name

Former Republican state Rep. Jim Murphy believed in public service, and he gave it a good name.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The contraception conversation

As someone who strives to be an involved community member and active citizen, it troubles me that our state assembly would waste so much of its time on an issue that will have little effect on the health insurance most Missouri businesses provide women employees.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri friendly to business but that's not funding education

So as our leaders examine the causes of Missouri's economic malaise, we suggest they look to the real facts. Missouri is friendly to businesses, but it's not funding education.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Vote 'yes' on Proposition B

We believe that the health of our readers and our citizens is important, and we know that tobacco hurts people’s health.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Contentious debate becomes unintelligible

Joe Biden and Paul Ryan engaged in what became more a schoolyard squabble than intelligent argument on the issues.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Politicians hunting for votes

National Rifle Association makes no endorsement in governor's race, despite backing other statewide candidates.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Representative, deliberative and decisive

Members of the Silver-Haired Legislature have convened at the Capitol, and their recommendations traditionally receive serious consideration.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Does the vice president matter?

Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan are campaigning for the VP job, a position that used to be considered a consolation prize in the presidential election.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Insider attacks' in Afghanistan shouldn't change U.S. withdrawal strategy

The situation in Afghanistan has reached a level of instability that should make the U.S. uncomfortable, but that should not delay the plan to end combat missions in 2013. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: School Board should say no to EEZs

This school money giveaway is terrible public policy. It shows disrespect for public education, when education is more important than ever.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia School Board needs to take stand against EEZ

Consider the consequences if such a funding loss creates shortages for you — forcing you to seek another bond increase from the voting public.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Protect nonpartisan judge selection in Missouri

For 70 years, Missouri has been a model for other states because of its way of selecting Supreme Court and appeals court judges, but Amendment 3 will change that.