Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Protesters at Planned Parenthood help no one

Each time I work, I face a group of people on the sidewalk, just behind the “No Trespassing” signs, the ones put up to keep these people from approaching those using the health care services of the clinic. How much better their time and efforts would be if they were truly involved in those services that reach out to children in dire straits and needing homes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In Missouri, child care costs too much, delivers too little

In a perfect world, the state and the federal governments would help families by further subsidizing the cost of child care, by licensing facilities so a standard of care is established, and by regulating the quality of care.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't let Congress cut Medicare funds for in-home health care

A proposal to slash Medicare reimbursement rates could end up costing the government substantially more if in-home health care providers are forced to go out of business.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Voters want better ideas before funding transportation projects

The task for Mayor Sly James and city leaders now is to figure out how to make the funding for a streetcar extension palatable to more voters.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Election reveals continuation of disturbing trends

The indicators from Tuesday’s primary are more disturbing than encouraging. Issues defeated on both the state and county levels indicate government continues to suffer credibility problems.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Questionable tactics used to boost rankings at UMKC

The rankings may have deceived students and parents and appear to have played a role in the receipt of a major financial gift.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: State needs to end reputation as pill-pushers' paradise

Being the only state without a prescription drug database makes Missouri a common destination for those who abuse such drugs.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Californians like to waste water, so everyone pays a premium for food

At some point, we need to ask whether the rest of the country should put up with higher prices on fruit because Californians want to do things like hose down their driveways and sidewalks instead of sweeping them.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate delivers serious effort to address campus assaults

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., a leader in the effort to stop sexual assault on campuses, and a bipartisan group of co-sponsors introduced legislation last week aimed at protecting and empowering college and university students.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposed gun amendment seriously endangers public safety

Amendment 5, known as the "Right to Bear Arms" amendment, is unnecessary and will make it easier for violent criminals to possess firearms.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Imprecise language raises questions about "Right to Farm"

The selective wording in both the amendment and ballot language leaves too much room for interpretation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Reject lottery amendment, despite worthy cause

There is a fear that the addition of a veterans lottery will siphon money from Missouri education.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We need to ensure quality medical care for all

Today, Medicare and Medicaid are arguably our country’s single most important anti-poverty initiatives.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It may be too easy to buy influence in this state

Politics at the state level have always had their raw edges, a toughness that is not publicly visible to those who see only floor debates and committee hearings.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Know about sunblock ingredients before applying it

For those concerned about the chemicals we put on our bodies, sunblock represents a double-edged sword.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Considering contentious ballot issues

Amendment 5, which goes beyond gun rights, could be dangerous, and Amendment 8 doesn't really help veterans, so voters should not approve either one of those. Amendment 9, however, makes sense in the electronic age, and voters would be wise to approve it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Citizens deserve another option to save Boone County fairgrounds

Also not on the table is to initiate the next chapter in the fairgrounds history with real leadership to build a community-based nonprofit cooperative of perhaps the fair board, 4-H groups, FFA groups, equine enthusiasts and other caring citizens who are willing to ...  put the fairgrounds on a more financial, cultural and politically sustainable path for the future.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Timing of campaign checks trips up Missouri GOP again

When it comes to denying that ill-timed campaign checks influence public policy, Missouri Republicans are having a hard time keeping their stories straight.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should stop holding out on prescription drug database

Missouri continues to be the only state in the United States that won't allow a prescription drug database to be established. The opposition to the database comes from a small group of Missouri lawmakers who say it would violate personal privacy.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's higher education department scores A+ on immigration studies

The legislature has barred students who have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status from receiving in-state tuition, so the department is offering them free tuition at community colleges to work around that decision.