Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lawmakers should ease access to Plan B contraception

Missouri's "freedom of conscience act" would give pharmacists the right to not stock anything to which he or she was morally opposed including condoms or emergency contraception.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Traveling in another dimension — The Work Zone

Sixteen MoDOT workers have died on the job since 2000, and MoDOT officials want Missouri drivers to do their part in keeping road workers safe.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tougher rules needed to protect natural gas customers

Problem No. 1 is that no universal — or logical — federal rules govern the placement of shut-off valves, and problem No. 2 is that utilities don't use shut-off valves on a consistent basis.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: On drones, more transparency is needed

A recent investigation by McClatchy Newspapers raises worrisome questions about the Obama administration’s policy governing drone strikes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Agriculture infested by 'constitutionitis'

A recent vote by the Missouri Senate and statements from the Missouri Farm Bureau have raised questions as to whether adding an amendment to the state constitution protecting the rights of farmers is necessary.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Iron Lady' defined British conservatism of the 20th century

Margaret Thatcher was credited by supporters as being responsible for an economic revival in Great Britain while others accused her of widening the separation between the country's economic and social classes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Protecting Missouri residents' right to die in traffic accidents

Missouri is one of only 11 states that has not enacted a total text-messaging ban for drivers, Ken Leiser, the Post-Dispatch Ride Guy columnist, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Sen. Nieves' proposed legislation doesn't support law enforcement

I was raised with guns, and I can pass any kind of background check the feds require, as can my fellow law-abiding citizens. Who cannot pass are the ones I do not want to have guns.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A made-up gun scandal

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and legislators are trumping up a baseless allegation that the state Department of Revenue is compiling a secret gun database to share with the federal government.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Expanding Medicaid would help, not hurt, Missouri

Hard-working families deserve strengthened Medicaid and expanded health care coverage, and there are many good business reasons to do this.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Celebrate Tax Freedom Day, you earned it

Tax Freedom Day can be viewed from geographical, chronological and/or categorical perspectives. And whether you consider the observance aggravating, liberating or both, remember you earned it.



WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Republicans lost in movie set: Attack of the drones

Republicans need to back away from the black helicopters, er, drones, and focus on real problems, like health care, education, roads and, oh, yea, jobs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Small businesses now have options for affordable health care

Insurance companies must now publicly justify every rate increase of 10 percent or more, which has led to a sharp decline in double-digit rate hikes. Starting in 2014, insurers will have to justify every proposed rate increase, even if it’s a 1 percent bump.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Evidence lacking in Ryan Ferguson conviction

There is overwhelming evidence of Ryan Ferguson's innocence; he has been mistreated by Missouri's legal system.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Parents face challenges coming to terms with child's autism

Families struggle with three main issues when it comes to children with autism — receiving the diagnosis, handling the perceptions of others, and deciding on a course of treatment.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Education bill is too broad to be effective

The bill establishes a requirement for evaluating teachers and administrators on the basis of students' academic growth.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Expanding Medicaid will improve care, create jobs

An MU study found that expanding and strengthening Medicaid will create 24,000 new jobs in Missouri in 2014 alone. That means more nurses will be available to provide care to you and your loved ones.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tide may be turning for Missouri River

Wild weather — from flooding to drought — has created havoc on the river the last two years. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has acknowledged management practices need to be reconsidered to account for these events.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New 911 tax increase is the wrong call

Agencies that Public Safety Joint Communications serves need to pay their part to keep up with growth in our area.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Another effort to change the constitution

The different between a constitutional amendment and a law has prompted misuse and abuse as interest groups seek amendments to prevent alterations by legislators.