Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri lawmakers create election mess for Jefferson City

A law passed by the Missouri General Assembly eliminating the February primary and June elections is causing Jefferson City officials to rework the city's election process.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: FEMA should extend housing seven more months

Now, Joplin's city leaders are asking FEMA to extend the current housing contract with the city, which expires on Nov. 9. Seven more months is all the city's asking.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Farm bill leaves food states hanging while candidates campaign

The current farm bill expires Sunday, leaving those who grow our food, serve rural areas and feed the poor wondering what the future holds — and planning for the future is what they all need to be able to do.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Does cutting taxes create growth? Not so much

The Congressional Research  Service published a report that concludes there is little evidence to suggest that "trickle down economics" actually works.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Due diligence reinforced in Mamtek audit

State Auditor Tom Schweich released an audit Tuesday that faulted a state agency, a municipality and private entities for insufficient due diligence before awarding state tax incentives to a proposed manufacturer.