Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Labor Day weekend calls for higher attention to safety

Law enforcement will be vigilant on both road and waterways this Labor Day weekend.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Samsung patent infringement calls attention to patent approval process

Cases of infringement versus innovation could be prevented by close eye of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Group opposes weakening of judicial branch

Six former state Supreme Court chief justices are leading the Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: First man on the moon acted like he had been there before

Neil Armstrong's professionalism and modesty regarding his monumental achievements represent a stark contrast from many of a younger generation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Supporting third-party candidates could bring political change

If given media attention, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson could bring about change to a worn-out, two-party, "us vs. them" political system. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: GOP leaders need to act fast to save a troubled party

GOP Sen. Blunt, and former Sens. Ashcroft, Bond and Danforth should step in to mend the fraying of the Missouri Republican Party with Akin's improper remark.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Watch out for that cliff

Congress shall be armed with more decisive actions to confront the rocky "fiscal cliff" that is ahead of the American economy.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Returning to environmental regulations would keep Earth livable

Business and industry naysayers claimed that clean water and air laws would kill jobs and business, but facts show these rules had just the opposite effect. Obeying these environmental laws proved to be a boon in both economics and public health.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Recent studies show climate change should be major concern

With new studies converting even a staunch climate change skeptic, and suggesting the planet is nearing it's breaking point, the importance of fighting global warming is clear.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Short memories of vice presidents

Vice presidents hold the No. 2 spot in the nation's government, but they often don't get much attention from the American people.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Todd Akin's ignorant comments on rape are no surprise

Whether Missouri Republicansstick with Mr. Akinor toss him aside, they're stuck with a problem of their own making. A legitimate problem

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hamoodi incarceration is an example of U.S. hypocrisy

Shakir Hamoodi, who has been sentenced to federal prison for violating U.S. sanctions against Iraq, had no choice but to help his family overseas and is a pillar of the Columbia community — but his religion is a major factor in his harsh punishment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Sequestration' will permit future Congressional inaction

The recent decision by the U.S. Congress to allow budget sequestration will continue the cycle of deficit spending.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Stop kowtowing to corn growers: Kill the ethanol mandate

Congress should remove the federal ethanol mandate, regardless of pressures from farmers and farm conglomerates.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Koster wins small victory for victims of mortgage fraud

Most of $2 million settlement will end up in Missouri's general fund, which means it will be available for schools, drought relief or whatever lawmakers decide to spend it on.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'The good, the bad and the ugly' of Columbia

Columbia residents live with too much "bad and ugly," and the "good" in Columbia needs to emerge.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: With choice of Paul Ryan, Romney should sweep the primaries

By attaching himself to Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and the Justin Bieber of the Republican right, Mitt Romney has sent his horse cavalry to protect his right flank from an air assault that will be coming from the center and the left.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Dirty money loses in primary election; time to outlaw it

Many candidates who received money from unethical sources were defeated in the primary election, demonstrating a voter-approved mandate for lawmakers to remove  dirty money from Missouri's political realm.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Find a fair malpractice path in Missouri

Rather than entering into another contentious debate about “greedy trial lawyers” versus patients’ rights, Missouri leaders should look at new ways to handle medical malpractice claims.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ending 'don't ask, don't tell' spending at the Pentagon

The Pentagon now spends roughly twice as much as it did in 2001. After the 10-year, $450 billion in 'sequestration" cuts, the Pentagon still will have a base budget next year of $472 billion.