Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Heart attack patients need the ER, not STEMI Regional Centers

The STEMI law mandates ambulances bypass the local hospital,  depriving you of the lifesaving and disability-reducing fibrinolysis (clotbuster) treatment available within 30 minutes at every ER.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Filibuster needs fixing, but it can wait until after the 'fiscal cliff' is fixed

There were more filibusters in the 111th Congress (2009 to 2010) than in the '50s, '60s and '70s combined.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Seeking help, not succumbing to violence, is best response

Instead of demonstrating to kids and others the heights to which one can rise, Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher showed us the depths to which one can descend.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Restrictive, narrowed pledges limit deliberation

Our elected officials should make rational choices based on the most comprehensive and accurate information that will best allow them to adhere to the pre-election pledges that they have made. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia's fireworks law change reveals rifts

The debate about fireworks boils down to a battle in Columbia that has been waged for generations: The conflict between a temporary student population and residents who have called the city home for years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time for Nixon, legislature to embrace Medicaid expansion

Lawmakers in the Missouri Legislature face questions on how to handle Missouri's health care in order to achieve economic development. Reports such as one commissioned by the Missouri Hospital Association predict the expansion of Medicaid in Missouri will create a significant number of jobs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Shell game reduces transparency in lobbyist gift giving

When the lobbyist who represents other lobbyists suggests something might be illegal, don’t do it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't cut our children out of the budget

Exit polls on Election Day made it clear: A clear majority of voters agree that the richest Americans need to pay higher taxes.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Low prices can have high costs

The deadly fire, which killed at least 112 people outside of the capital city of Dhaka, has implications for U.S. companies.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri bond issue would create jobs, invest in the future

With interest rates at an all-time low, construction companies chomping at the bit to get back to work and the state’s major public infrastructure showing signs of disrepair, the Missouri legislature should once again ask voters to invest in the state’s future.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Fix the debt' with actions, not platitudes

Initiatives, innovations and ideas are needed to diminish the debt. Instead, campaign spokesmen reiterated the obvious and advanced generalities.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A bit of reality to temper upbeat energy forecasts

Americans should take the recent predictions by the International Energy Agency with a grain of salt.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Michigan's burdensome amendment

The ban, known as Proposal 2 and approved in a state referendum in 2006, amended the State Constitution to "prohibit all sex- and race-based preferences in public education, public employment, and public contracting."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Undoing the damage of Deepwater Horizon

It is imperative that President Obama and his administration also continue to aggressively pursue civil penalties for the spill. BP said in a news release Nov. 15 that it will "vigorously defend itself against remaining civil claims."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In the Hostess Twinkie saga, something for every taste

Americans aren't nostalgic for lost jobs at other corporate giants, so why has the bankruptcy of Hostess Brands caused so much lamentation?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Recognized or not, Missouri and France have connection

Even in a town named Paris, sometimes the link between the city in France and the town in Missouri, proves to be tenuous and unrecognized.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time for bipartisan solution to state health exchange

Feuding over health exchanges is a futile rear action in the political war against the Affordable Care Act.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Thankful for differences

Imagine how boring human interaction would be if we all were identical. We would have little to discuss, share or learn.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's fitting that tax credit programs carry Norma Champion's name

State Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, recently said that he will pre-file legislation seeking to renew several benevolent tax credit programs and rename them “Champion for Children” tax credits in honor of former Sen. Norma Champion, the bill’s original sponsor.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Learn from this crisis on river

We see evidence the corps needs to take a long look at practices that attempt to segment an interconnected river system that exists for the benefit of a large region.