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Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: End ethanol mandate

Ethanol mandates contribute to higher food and fuel prices, and ethanol is not efficient to produce.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: We are living in a time of great changes for labor

As technology continues to advance, it offers a wealth of opportunity for society but also some problems.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The time is now to correct Missouri's out-of-control tax credit scheme

Gov. Jay Nixon's newly reconvened tax credit reform commission should insist on rigorous, cost-benefit analysis. Developers should have to account publicly for how they spent every taxpayer dollar.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: GOP convention speakers failed to offer concrete solutions

In his speech accepting the GOP nomination for the presidency, Mitt Romney tried to cozy up to those who once backed the current president and now feel disaffected and are hurting financially. But Romney, in his workmanlike speech, never presented a convincing case for how he would solve the nation’s steep challenges.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Labor Day weekend calls for higher attention to safety

Law enforcement will be vigilant on both road and waterways this Labor Day weekend.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Samsung patent infringement calls attention to patent approval process

Cases of infringement versus innovation could be prevented by close eye of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Group opposes weakening of judicial branch

Six former state Supreme Court chief justices are leading the Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: First man on the moon acted like he had been there before

Neil Armstrong's professionalism and modesty regarding his monumental achievements represent a stark contrast from many of a younger generation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Supporting third-party candidates could bring political change

If given media attention, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson could bring about change to a worn-out, two-party, "us vs. them" political system. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: GOP leaders need to act fast to save a troubled party

GOP Sen. Blunt, and former Sens. Ashcroft, Bond and Danforth should step in to mend the fraying of the Missouri Republican Party with Akin's improper remark.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Watch out for that cliff

Congress shall be armed with more decisive actions to confront the rocky "fiscal cliff" that is ahead of the American economy.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Returning to environmental regulations would keep Earth livable

Business and industry naysayers claimed that clean water and air laws would kill jobs and business, but facts show these rules had just the opposite effect. Obeying these environmental laws proved to be a boon in both economics and public health.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Recent studies show climate change should be major concern

With new studies converting even a staunch climate change skeptic, and suggesting the planet is nearing it's breaking point, the importance of fighting global warming is clear.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Short memories of vice presidents

Vice presidents hold the No. 2 spot in the nation's government, but they often don't get much attention from the American people.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Todd Akin's ignorant comments on rape are no surprise

Whether Missouri Republicansstick with Mr. Akinor toss him aside, they're stuck with a problem of their own making. A legitimate problem

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hamoodi incarceration is an example of U.S. hypocrisy

Shakir Hamoodi, who has been sentenced to federal prison for violating U.S. sanctions against Iraq, had no choice but to help his family overseas and is a pillar of the Columbia community — but his religion is a major factor in his harsh punishment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Sequestration' will permit future Congressional inaction

The recent decision by the U.S. Congress to allow budget sequestration will continue the cycle of deficit spending.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Stop kowtowing to corn growers: Kill the ethanol mandate

Congress should remove the federal ethanol mandate, regardless of pressures from farmers and farm conglomerates.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Koster wins small victory for victims of mortgage fraud

Most of $2 million settlement will end up in Missouri's general fund, which means it will be available for schools, drought relief or whatever lawmakers decide to spend it on.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'The good, the bad and the ugly' of Columbia

Columbia residents live with too much "bad and ugly," and the "good" in Columbia needs to emerge.

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