Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: FHA portfolio risks grow

The FHA plans to raise mortgage insurance fees and sell off 10,000 delinquent loans every three months; a Treasury bailout won’t be needed.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Travel with care this Thanksgiving

For many Missourians, an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday begins with safe travel.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't demote cursive

A substantial body of research suggests that writing with pen and paper permits a more continuous flow of thoughts than keyboarding, which tends to create its own set of distractions.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Obama must come clean on Benghazi

Members of Congress in both parties are asking questions about why the administration’s public statements about the origins of the attack contradicted early intelligence information.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: FDA needs teeth to regulate drug compounders

Congress should stop pointing fingers and write the sort of laws that will make it clear the FDA has authority over every step of the making of compounded drugs.

'Peoples' Visioning' strives to make Columbia better through collaboration

The "Peoples' Visioning" community group is hosting their third mini-conference Monday with live music and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and a program at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room at Daniel Boone Regional Library.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Compensation issues for state workers spur frustrations

Some Missouri state employees have become demoralized because they are the lowest paid among their peers in the country and because the committee tasked with fixing the problem has not been quick to make progress.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Freshen up Missouri's economic development laws

Missouri law makers are trying to pass economic development bills to entice high-tech industries to locate in the state.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri must correct the outrageous spending on elections

The Citizens United decision and the rise of super PACs created an election process that spends more money and is less transparent than ever before. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Court rules add to public defender overload

Missouri offenses that were once minor crimes and have become felonies create additional work for attorneys who offer pro bono service.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sorry, the polls didn't stop on Election Day

Polls dominated election coverage throughout 2012, but the only poll that matters is the the one on Election Day.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate confronts a stealth attack on financial regulation

The Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act (S. 3468) is made more awful by the fact that it has at least some bipartisan support.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New China leader is a mystery

Xi will take the reins at a time of growing stress. Growth is slowing. Corruption remains endemic. Protests are common. The banking system remains a tool of the state.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Now is the time to make changes to elections

We can do better, and now is the time to do so before the next election cycle overwhelms the possibility of constructive electoral reform.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Give a hand to our veterans

We should all take advantage of the opportunity to say “thank you” to everyone who put their own safety on the line to protect our country to let them know that we appreciate their service.