Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia should get out of trash collection business

Columbia needs to get out of the garbage collection business, find a good buyer for the trucks and reap the sale price to buffer cuts in other core city services, Steve Spellman writes.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax breaks for the wealthy are the whole ballgame

The 2012 presidential election will hinge on where the majority of voters stand on the issue of taxation of the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Candidates' silliness insults voters right and left

Campaign ads from candidates for the August primary insult the intelligence of Republicans, Democrats and voters alike.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Process works despite politics, personalities

When it comes to summarizing ballot initiatives, should a nonpartisan or bipartisan entity be in charge?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Feds need to do more to rein in for-profit colleges

The Education Department needs to do its homework and perform a statistical analysis that offers a reasonable basis for cutting off funding to poorly performing for-profit schools.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon should veto contraception bill

There are multiples reasons Gov. Jay Nixon should veto a bill on his desk that would limit insurance benefits for contraceptive coverage.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Highway bill full of potholes

Congress recently passed a bill that would continue funding U.S. highway projects for two more years, but the law might have problems that will cost the nation much more.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Media focus on 'gaffes' distracts public focus

Minor blunders, instead of important issues, have become the focus of the major media during the presidential campaign.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon, Schweich should take lead in fixing tax credit system

Missouri could be saving hundreds of millions of dollars and spending it on any number of programs if they fixed the tax credit system. The Post-Dispatch calls upon Gov. Nixon and Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich to lead the charge.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: How about voting for a saner ballot process in Missouri?

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, should expect a fight from Republicans after creating a summary of a GOP-sponsored bill concerning health care.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Corporations score another Supreme Court victory

While the law does include a few positive provisions, it won't stop the deterioration of our health care system. We'll continue to see unnecessary suffering and preventable death.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's fitting that wording on health care exchange issue misses mark

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's wording on a health care ballot initiative has Republicans in an uproar. But are her assertions really so far from the truth?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Punishment masquerades as public humiliation

Though "shame punishment" has served as a legal diagnosis in several cases, evidence of its effectiveness is lacking. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri neglecting children

Missouri is failing in its duty to properly and quickly investigate child abuse and neglect reports.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Money for sports? No problem. Money for higher ed? Problem

Even as the state is choking off its academic resources, even as MU curators are raising tuition, even as students and their families are going deeper in hock to pursue a sheepskin, MU focuses on athletics.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should expand Medicaid program now

Gov. Jay Nixon should accelerate his state's plans to implement a law that will improve the health of its citizens and inject billions of new dollars into the economy.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Save austerity measures for the next boom

Conservatives and liberals have different ideas on how to fix the slumping economy. Donald Kaul examines the economic debate.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The right ruling on stolen valor

The Supreme Court made the correct decision in striking down the Stolen Valor law, in which it said false claims of military achievements do not diminish the honor of those who served.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hey DNC, wish you were meeting in St. Louis?

Charlotte, N.C., a less-than-democratic state, was chosen as the site of the Democratic National Committee over the more accommodating St. Louis.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Time for Congress to repeal Obamacare

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obamacare seriously damages the principle of limited government, and in the process fails American families.