Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's unconstitutional — and expensive — public defender crisis

Missouri's public defender system needs an overhaul. Tax increases to help will save the state money in the long run.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A practical, expansive and correct court ruling

The Missouri State Supreme Court ruled the state auditor is empowered to write fiscal notes for ballot issues.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Amendment would allow students to pray in school

The bill would amend the state constitution to ensure the right to express religious beliefs, the right for schoolchildren to pray  n their school and that all public schools display the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: State steps up assistance during drought

In response to the prolonged drought, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday the state will contribute an additional $5 million to a cost-sharing program to provide water for crops and livestock.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Why is Missouri so friendly to the 'pill mill' business?

Missouri is seeing an influx in phony pill parlors and corrupt doctors partly because of crackdowns on pill-pushing operations in other states, such as Florida, the nation's leader in bogus pain clinics.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: NRA's definition of 'sane American' sure has changed

In the aftermath of last week's shooting in Aurora, Colo., pro-gun ideologues are up in arms against gun control laws, and politicians are dodging campaign bullets by ignoring the issue.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Olympic athletes will captivate the world

The Olympics Games in London will captivate a worldwide audience.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Quality education will benefit south-central Missouri

Residents of 10 Missouri counties — all in the south-central region — are poorer and less educated than the rest of the state.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Ignoring obesity is part of the problem

Monir Shababi writes that overlooking the subject of obesity is contributing to people not seeking treatment. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Public universities scramble for more private funds

In Missouri and Kansas, income from students’ tuition now exceeds the amount of money the flagship universities receive from state legislatures.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The 'freedom' to refuse health insurance

The right to refuse to have health insurance is a lot like the "right" to sleep under bridges. No one wants to exercise it.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sports calls the shots on too many college campuses

Universities are cutting academic programs, but when the budget talks mention athletics, there always seems to be a little extra money for a new facility.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: New laws designed to reduce accumulation

In government, regulations and legislation accumulate. Among the remaining bills signed into law Friday were measures to clean, organize and eliminate clutter in accumulated legislation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New model for university press is flawed

Members of the Coalition to Save the University of Missouri Press voice their concerns over the new university press model.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia should get out of trash collection business

Columbia needs to get out of the garbage collection business, find a good buyer for the trucks and reap the sale price to buffer cuts in other core city services, Steve Spellman writes.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax breaks for the wealthy are the whole ballgame

The 2012 presidential election will hinge on where the majority of voters stand on the issue of taxation of the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Candidates' silliness insults voters right and left

Campaign ads from candidates for the August primary insult the intelligence of Republicans, Democrats and voters alike.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Process works despite politics, personalities

When it comes to summarizing ballot initiatives, should a nonpartisan or bipartisan entity be in charge?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Feds need to do more to rein in for-profit colleges

The Education Department needs to do its homework and perform a statistical analysis that offers a reasonable basis for cutting off funding to poorly performing for-profit schools.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon should veto contraception bill

There are multiples reasons Gov. Jay Nixon should veto a bill on his desk that would limit insurance benefits for contraceptive coverage.