Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: School transfer case needs common sense solutions

The prolonged legal battle over allowing students in unaccredited districts to attend schools in nearby accredited districts benefits neither students nor taxpayers. We need solutions from legislators that will give students in failing districts more options.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Big mistake to dismiss drought

Officially, a state of emergency caused by this summer's drought in Missouri has been extended to Nov. 15. Unofficially, the drought's impact will last well beyond that for our region.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Yes on tobacco tax for your children, grandchildren

Proposition B would add a 73 cent tax to each pack of cigarettes. This new tax will generate more than $250 million, revenue specifically designated for elementary, high school and college education, as well as supporting tobacco prevention and cessation

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New House speaker needs to open his eyes to corruption

Either Mr. Jones really doesn't see the corruption around him, or he's changed his mind on what is and isn't corrupt since 2010.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Boy's club overrides veto, punishes Missouri women

Missouri legislators vote to exclude contraceptive coverage from health insurance policies, prioritizing religion over women's health.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lawmakers' stalemate escalates costs to state

The wait-and-see attitude of Missouri residents combined with lawmakers' indecision over tax credit reform is costly for the state. Missouri could save millions if it eliminated tax credit programs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tragic American losses show security lapses

The Obama administration should demand adequate security for U.S. diplomats after attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Be responsible for safety of child passengers

Sunday marks the start of National Child Passenger Safety Week, a reminder that adults should always make sure children are in car seats or wearing seat belts.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri lawmakers should let vetoes stand

Overriding Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of one piece of legislation would empower employers and insurers to wantonly deny coverage for contraceptives. An override on the other piece could unfairly force a retroactive tax on a significant number of Missourians who purchased vehicles with the expectation that they would not be charged a use tax.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri's taxpayers lobbying to pay more taxes?

Taxpayers should know their money is being spent on government lobbying.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Decision on air service must be grounded in reality

The Jefferson City Council is considering investing in the regional concept of air service by contributing $100,000 to attract a commercial air carrier to Columbia Regional Airport.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lawmakers should let veto stand, fix sales tax bill next year

It would be unfair to the 122,000 Missourians who have purchased cars and boats since the court ruling to collect retroactive sales taxes they didn't pay.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Politicans ignore the truth in election

This election season, voters seem to be more concerned with the candidates' morals than whether or not they tell the truth. When the lies and half-truths are unmasked, the media and fact-checkers shoulder the blame.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Payday loan ballot proposal defeat shows influence of money

Ballot proposals to cap interest rates and raise minimum wage will not appear on this November's ballot thanks to lobbyists' efforts.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Natural gas not viable alternative for city vehicles

Natural gas is extracted by "fracking," a process that can pollute water, soil and air. Columbia should power its city fleet with its own renewable energy.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri courts should uphold cellphone tracking

Phone companies are required to help track cellphone signals or to ping a phone's location when there is danger of death or serious physical injuries.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: End ethanol mandate

Ethanol mandates contribute to higher food and fuel prices, and ethanol is not efficient to produce.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: We are living in a time of great changes for labor

As technology continues to advance, it offers a wealth of opportunity for society but also some problems.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The time is now to correct Missouri's out-of-control tax credit scheme

Gov. Jay Nixon's newly reconvened tax credit reform commission should insist on rigorous, cost-benefit analysis. Developers should have to account publicly for how they spent every taxpayer dollar.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: GOP convention speakers failed to offer concrete solutions

In his speech accepting the GOP nomination for the presidency, Mitt Romney tried to cozy up to those who once backed the current president and now feel disaffected and are hurting financially. But Romney, in his workmanlike speech, never presented a convincing case for how he would solve the nation’s steep challenges.