Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A health care victory for all Americans

The Affordable Care Act is legal, and likely here to stay. Thus wiser states will get serious about moving ahead with its provisions to insure medical and financial security for all Americans.

GUEST COMMENTARY: "Stand By Your Ad" campaign seeks truth in political advertising

In an effort to hold local media stations accountable for truthful reporting and advertising, has created the "Stand by Your Ad" campaign that allows participation from citizens.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri has top college savings plan, which ranks 529 college savings plans, has ranked Missouri's at the top of the charts.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Drought affects crops, puts stress on farmers

Extremely dry conditions in Missouri have caused a slope in production for crops such as hay, corn and soybeans. The drought affecting these money-making crops has also put considerable stress on farmers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Supreme Court rules wisely on immigration, juveniles

Despite the discouraging campaign finance ruling, the decision on immigration, especially, may help put the brakes on growing concerns that the Roberts Court is as likely to heed conservative talking points as legal precedents.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Voters are at crossroad

Members of the Boone County Democratic Central Committee say the values of Democratic Party or more balanced and just than those of the Republican Party.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: University of Missouri Press fails when it comes to academics vs. athletics

Unlike football, the university press doesn't make millions, generate headlines, show up on TV every week or pay for itself. But a scholar would recognize the value of a significant literary arm such as the University of Missouri Press.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Churches enlist to help Guard with conflict

The Missouri National Guard is partnering with churches throughout the state to provide resources to military men and women.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Dry conditions could pose problems for Fourth of July

Far more fires are reported nationwide on a typical Independence Day than on any other day of the year, with fireworks accounting for more than half of those fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: More privacy on cellphones

Charities are exempt from the law, so consumers should remain alert for operations that solicit money for a charity and use most of it to profit the telemarketers themselves.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: There are millions and millions of reasons to revisit Citizens United

Lack of money equals lack of free speech. A cynic might say that’s always been the case. But it shouldn’t be enshrined in law.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Missouri Plan' for selecting judges should remain

A change in the Missouri Plan, in which voters select their preferences for judges, will accomplish little and won't provide more accountability for judges who make unpopular decisions.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Congress must get Missouri River foes to work together

The country's national treasure must be managed to balance the needs of upstream states and downstream states, which have different needs in times of flood and times of drought.


Young people who were brought to the U.S. before they turned 16 will be thankful for a new Obama administration policy that closely resembles the DREAM Act, a former undocumented student writes.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Middle class was collateral damage when housing bomb burst

American families earning the median household income had two decades' worth of prosperity wiped out between 2007 and 2010.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Failed recall of Wisconsin governor interpreted

After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker escaped last week's recall election with his title still intact, columnist Donald Kaul looks at what the incident could mean on a larger scale.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Deaton responds to National Research Council Report

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton expresses his support for the concepts covered in the National Research Council's latest report.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Even with raise, Missouri state workers at bottom looking up

As part of the post-Wisconsin strategy of Republicans to bash public-sector unions, a poll indicates that 45 percent of Americans favor cutting state employees' pay by 10 percent.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Partnership promotes, protects hunting season's contributions

Hunting Works for Missouri says the contributions of hunting in Missouri are significant, including $96.8 million in state and local taxes per year..

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Farm bill debate is laughable

The U.S. Senate is debating a bill that would reduce the federal budget by $2.3 billion a year by eliminating direct payments to farms that produce big row crops.