Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Common ground and common sense on reducing abortion

If you want to reduce the number of abortions, make birth control easy to obtain. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Deer season prompts alert to motorists, plea to donate

Deer become more active during this time of year. Missouri State Highway Patrol officials have two announcements: a reminder to motorists to be vigilant in avoiding accidents involving deer and a plea to Missouri hunters to participate in the Share the Harvest program.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Big Pig's $39 million settlement smells like bacon victory

The pork industry's overall economic impact has been important to the state and vital to north-central Missouri. But the industry has had to be dragged kicking and squealing into doing the right thing.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: When student loan bubble bursts, poor will suffer the worst

Pew Research Center reported Wednesday that a record one in five U.S. households owed student debt in 2010. That's more than double the share from just 20 years ago.

GUEST COMMENTARY: People's Visioning looks to create solutions for Columbia problems

People's Visioning is a Columbia group aiming to generate solutions to city problems and ideas for improvement.