Guest Commentaries

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.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Sequestration would significantly damage defense industry

Budget cuts that are set to begin in January 2013 could have a devastating effect on the American Military and economy. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mamtek deal proved more diligence, safeguards needed

The economic development debacle that left Moberly in default on a loan has been marked by a shocking lack of due diligence by state and local officials. And there’s nothing in place to prevent a recurrence.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tigers quarterback Franklin tough enough to resist foolish choice

Missouri quarterback James Franklin's decision to sit out Saturday's game against Arizona State because of an injury was a wise choice.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: No gouging these sharks

Missourians for Responsible Lending ran out of money and time in its effort to get an initiative on the ballot that would limit interest rates on payday loans to 36 percent.

GUEST COMMENTARY: School transfer case needs common sense solutions

The prolonged legal battle over allowing students in unaccredited districts to attend schools in nearby accredited districts benefits neither students nor taxpayers. We need solutions from legislators that will give students in failing districts more options.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Big mistake to dismiss drought

Officially, a state of emergency caused by this summer's drought in Missouri has been extended to Nov. 15. Unofficially, the drought's impact will last well beyond that for our region.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Yes on tobacco tax for your children, grandchildren

Proposition B would add a 73 cent tax to each pack of cigarettes. This new tax will generate more than $250 million, revenue specifically designated for elementary, high school and college education, as well as supporting tobacco prevention and cessation

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New House speaker needs to open his eyes to corruption

Either Mr. Jones really doesn't see the corruption around him, or he's changed his mind on what is and isn't corrupt since 2010.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Boy's club overrides veto, punishes Missouri women

Missouri legislators vote to exclude contraceptive coverage from health insurance policies, prioritizing religion over women's health.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lawmakers' stalemate escalates costs to state

The wait-and-see attitude of Missouri residents combined with lawmakers' indecision over tax credit reform is costly for the state. Missouri could save millions if it eliminated tax credit programs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tragic American losses show security lapses

The Obama administration should demand adequate security for U.S. diplomats after attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Be responsible for safety of child passengers

Sunday marks the start of National Child Passenger Safety Week, a reminder that adults should always make sure children are in car seats or wearing seat belts.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri lawmakers should let vetoes stand

Overriding Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of one piece of legislation would empower employers and insurers to wantonly deny coverage for contraceptives. An override on the other piece could unfairly force a retroactive tax on a significant number of Missourians who purchased vehicles with the expectation that they would not be charged a use tax.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri's taxpayers lobbying to pay more taxes?

Taxpayers should know their money is being spent on government lobbying.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Decision on air service must be grounded in reality

The Jefferson City Council is considering investing in the regional concept of air service by contributing $100,000 to attract a commercial air carrier to Columbia Regional Airport.