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Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Dry conditions could pose problems for Fourth of July

Far more fires are reported nationwide on a typical Independence Day than on any other day of the year, with fireworks accounting for more than half of those fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: More privacy on cellphones

Charities are exempt from the law, so consumers should remain alert for operations that solicit money for a charity and use most of it to profit the telemarketers themselves.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: There are millions and millions of reasons to revisit Citizens United

Lack of money equals lack of free speech. A cynic might say that’s always been the case. But it shouldn’t be enshrined in law.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Missouri Plan' for selecting judges should remain

A change in the Missouri Plan, in which voters select their preferences for judges, will accomplish little and won't provide more accountability for judges who make unpopular decisions.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Congress must get Missouri River foes to work together

The country's national treasure must be managed to balance the needs of upstream states and downstream states, which have different needs in times of flood and times of drought.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama's DREAM gambit

Young people who were brought to the U.S. before they turned 16 will be thankful for a new Obama administration policy that closely resembles the DREAM Act, a former undocumented student writes.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Middle class was collateral damage when housing bomb burst

American families earning the median household income had two decades' worth of prosperity wiped out between 2007 and 2010.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Failed recall of Wisconsin governor interpreted

After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker escaped last week's recall election with his title still intact, columnist Donald Kaul looks at what the incident could mean on a larger scale.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Deaton responds to National Research Council Report

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton expresses his support for the concepts covered in the National Research Council's latest report.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Even with raise, Missouri state workers at bottom looking up

As part of the post-Wisconsin strategy of Republicans to bash public-sector unions, a poll indicates that 45 percent of Americans favor cutting state employees' pay by 10 percent.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Partnership promotes, protects hunting season's contributions

Hunting Works for Missouri says the contributions of hunting in Missouri are significant, including $96.8 million in state and local taxes per year..

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Farm bill debate is laughable

The U.S. Senate is debating a bill that would reduce the federal budget by $2.3 billion a year by eliminating direct payments to farms that produce big row crops.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Focus on education to jumpstart Missouri's economy

Missouri needs to reduce middle class barriers to college degrees by restructuring the state's regionalized and inefficient university system and increasing state funding to reasonable levels.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon should veto SB 749 — Missouri already compromised on contraception

Gov. Jay Nixon should veto Senate Bill 749, a poorly considered, politically contrived rehash of a decades-old debate about contraceptives.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Balancing diverse interests at Lake of the Ozarks remains a challenge

On Tuesday, federal regulators adopted measures that aim to protect an estimated 1,500 private structures at the Lake of the Ozarks.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pro football's future clouds up in St. Louis

The Rams, one of the National Football League’s worst teams, just stuck their hands out for a reported $700 million worth of improvements at the Edward Jones Dome. Taxpayer funds would cover much of those costs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Outgoing Judge Price acts to affirm court plan

The resigning Supreme Court justice is opposed to proposals to change Missouri's judicial appointment plan.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ruling should give lawmakers impetus to rewrite criminal code

A ruling by the Missouri Supreme Court that struck down part of what was called "Megan's Law" should be an impetus to make certain that next year's legislature adopts a streamlined criminal code, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Keeping Big 12 tournaments in Kansas City eases fears for conference

Just a few short months ago people wondered whether the Big 12 would even still belong to a big-time conference. Now those fears are eased with announcements that Big 12 football and basketball events will be in Kansas City.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Behind super-sized sodas, a deeper danger

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hopes to ban sodas and sugary drinks in an attempt to decrease obesity in the city that Bloomberg says has reached 58 percent of people.

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