Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: U.S. lawmakers should behave like grown-ups

The next Congress must show Americans they are the “grown-ups” worthy of high office, willing to compromise to move the nation forward.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Kansas City officials looking to reform flawed pension program

Kansas City is now short more than $600 million for fully funding its workers' retirement benefits.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senators push for river funding; jobs await action

Congress' failure to spend money maintaining the physical infrastructure along the Mississippi River and environmental and flood protection of the Missouri River harms business interests.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Register, prepare and participate

Area county clerks, who serve as local election authorities, generally agree registration takes between two and five minutes when done at a clerk’s office or another designated facility.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gallup poll shows distrust of news media

The latest Gallup poll shows that Americans are losing trust in the news media — and Congress and the Supreme Court.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Farm bill wilted, for good reasons

After the November election, Congress should take a closer look at making serious reform with a revised version of the farm bill.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Class warfare comes to Monday Night Football

The NFL referee lockout leads to more than blown calls. It demonstrates class tensions in the United States more visible. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's 12-year funk catches up with it

Twelve years of evidence show budget cuts and slogans, from both Democrats and Republicans, are not the way to prosperity.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Caseload still stresses public defender system

The number of criminal cases exceeding available public defenders has posed a problem in Missouri since at least 2006.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Major changes proposed to land subdivision regulations

Among many changes the Country Planning and Zoning Commission has proposed is a regulation on the use of private roads to access public roads.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mixture of factors fuel airport decision

The Cole County Commission is weighing if the city of Jefferson City should contribute an additional $100,000 to Columbia Regional Airport, a decision that's complicated if you consider a number of key factors. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: What I really want you to know about Columbia, S.C.

Thomas Barclay, an MU student, expresses his mixed emotions about the Missourian's previous article on his home town, Columbia, S.C.