Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: StudentsFirst report card misses the mark

StudentsFirst report cards merely labeled schools “failing” because state legislatures haven’t adopted the policy prescriptions pushed by Michelle Rhee’s group.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Take action, state lawmakers, on Right to Work laws, tax credits, Medicaid

After too many years of gridlock, there are promises of action. We will be watching closely to see if they produce — and if what they produce promises to be good for Missouri.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Health care spending slows but not insurance costs

This is happening despite the fact that one of the main objectives of the Affordable Care Act was to stop skyrocketing health insurance costs for consumers. The law specifically seeks to prevent insurance companies from overcharging policyholders and requires that regulators review any request for a rate hike of 10 percent or more.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Proceed with caution on changing laws

The panel accurately characterized the issue of child sexual abuse as complex. In deference to that assessment, the report advances recommendations in the areas of awareness, education, mental health service, public policy and state statutes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Awareness and training help protect children

Specifically, children can be taught basic, age-appropriate lessons on boundaries and inappropriate touching. Parents are urged to observe and monitor interactions between their children and other adolescents and adults.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ed Martin finally wins an election, to the shame of the GOP

Mainstream Republicans who hope to see their party regain statewide prowess are aghast at Mr. Martin’s election.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri has an epidemic of child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse in Missouri is characterized as a “silent epidemic” by members of a task force that studied the issue.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: MoDOT 2012 projects, progress aid mid-Missouri

The road work Missouri motorists encounter regularly and announced projects might seem unimpressive until grouped in an annual progress report.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Medicaid expansion, bond issue are key legislative priorities

There are two very substantial economic development proposals on the agenda for the upcoming legislative session that already have at least some bipartisan support and would do more for the economy than any bill in recent memory.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Make e-commerce pay tax

The law has failed to keep up with society and its increasing dependence on Internet traffic and trade.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: If tax cuts feed a healthy economy, where is Missouri's prosperity?

If tax cuts really improve the economy, then Missouri’s should be booming. By nearly any measure, the state has among the lowest tax burdens in the nation, much of it the result of Republican policies since 2003.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Popping a Wile E. Coyote parachute at the fiscal cliff

Americans deserve better than this bill. They deserve a serious attempt to address long-term debt and spending issues and budget reform. They deserve a serious debate over fair taxation and income inequality.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Familiar issues, changing backdrops and new voices

Among priorities identified by both legislative leaders and local lawmakers is economic development, including job creation and tax credit reform.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A watershed year? Maybe not, but minds are swinging open

It is customary at this time of year to bemoan the 12 months just past and look forward to a happier New Year. But it must be said that in some ways, the planet and its people were better off in 2012 than they have been in centuries.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, a true hero

It's difficult to overstate Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf's importance to modern U.S. military history. The military hero of the Gulf War spent his twilight years helping children and charities.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Our nation, on its knees

So, at this writing, there we are, on the very edge of the fiscal cliff with no easy way back.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri and Kansas should expand Medicaid

Right now, it is nearly impossible for low-income workers in Missouri and Kansas to obtain health insurance if their employers don’t provide it. Both states have very low Medicaid eligibility limits.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Violations of open government continue

Violations continue and there is little or no enforcement of sunshine laws, and when there is a conviction the penalties don't even amount to a slap on the wrist.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Facing the mortgage cliff

If the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 expires at the end of the year, homeowners will have to pay taxes debt reduction in a loan modification or short sale.

GUEST COMMENTARY: University research, sold out

The recent exposure of numerous sham scientific reports generated by biased individuals at supposedly objective institutions should draw intense public scrutiny to this new era of corporate-funded science.