Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Push fruits and vegetables, not prescription drugs

In New York City, some hospitals are now giving children prescriptions for fruit and vegetables. The prescriptions can be exchanged at farmers’ markets for fresh produce, allowing low-income families to stretch their food budget.

GUEST COMMENTARY: After Prop 2 failure, city needs to muster and address growth responsibly

Proposition 2 would have raised developer fees to help with building the infrastructure that growth requires, but now the council must find an alternative. A solution won’t be easy to find.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: What's ahead: Tax cuts for rich, pro-gun laws, fewer women's rights

The red wave that rolled across the country in Tuesday’s election washed control of the U.S. Senate from Democratic hands, solidified Republican control of the U.S. House and raised the Republicans’ veto-proof majorities in the Missouri Legislature to near-record levels.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ferguson no-fly zone cover-up threatens trust in police

St. Louis County police have said repeatedly that the restriction was solely for safety and was not intended to prevent media from witnessing the violence or the police response.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon must consider clemency petitions for 14 Missouri women

None of the 14 women poses a threat to society. But their sentences are in many cases disproportionate with penalties handed out to men who do present a menace.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New law puts disabled at risk

Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act aim to integrate disabled adults into the mainstream work force. The law fails to take into account that the needs and desires of those with disabilities vary widely.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Amid Ebola news, don't forget your flu shot

Anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of Americans catch the flu during flu season, which stretches from November to May.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Looking ahead if we get a GOP-controlled Congress

There's a small possibility that if Republicans take the Senate, they will be motivated to work with the president and make progress.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't forget: Elections are won by those who show up

Tuesday's election is sneaking up on most Missourians.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Amendment 3's approach to evaluating teachers is wrong

A former teacher and MU education professor explains how Amendment 3 glosses over the real issues of teacher evaluation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Voting for sex-crime amendment could deny fair trials

A Columbia-based attorney is concerned Amendment 2, which allows for evidence from other suspected crimes to be used against someone accused of child sexual abuse, will interfere with fair trial.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Ballot propositions shift funding sources, not necessarily in best ways

Propositions 1 and 2 leave much to be desired and might not be the best way to address the need for more police and roadway improvements.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri should embrace the Common Core conflict

The citizens of Missouri are a diverse group of individuals. To avoid conflict among this disparate group of individuals, there are only two things we can do – stop centrally imposing standards or suppress the voices of some citizens.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Limit on governor's authority to balance state budget is a bad idea

Amendment 10 on the November ballot is an effort to fix something that is not broken.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The filthy rich could learn a few lessons from the rest of us

There is no special trait among the wealthy, so it's time to pay attention to low-income workers and advocates.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New development should pay fair share for roads, reduce cost to taxpayers

Recognizing that different uses generate different amounts of traffic, Proposition 2, which is on the Nov. 4 ballot, would raise the charge for new construction to $1 per square foot for residential, $1.50 per square foot for nonresidential with low traffic and $2 per square foot for nonresidential with high traffic.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Drop in student loan defaults is welcome sign

The national student loan default rate fell from 14.7 percent to 13.7 percent from 2010 to 2011.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The wageless recovery might bring humbug to the holidays

Despite a recovering economy, the Census Bureau reports that in 2013, the median household had $4,500 less buying power than it did in 2007, which could result in fewer purchases during the holidays.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Forbes 400 grow wealthier as middle class struggles

America’s wealthiest 400 hold a combined net worth of $2.3 trillion, which places the average Forbes 400 fortune at $5.7 billion, an all-time record high.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We cannot ignore the underrepresentation of minorities among Columbia teachers

The very Constitution that our kids learn about supports the idea that we are all created equal. Does not that mean minorities should be represented as core classroom teachers in a similar proportion to the very students they teach and serve?