Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Returning to environmental regulations would keep Earth livable

Business and industry naysayers claimed that clean water and air laws would kill jobs and business, but facts show these rules had just the opposite effect. Obeying these environmental laws proved to be a boon in both economics and public health.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Recent studies show climate change should be major concern

With new studies converting even a staunch climate change skeptic, and suggesting the planet is nearing it's breaking point, the importance of fighting global warming is clear.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Short memories of vice presidents

Vice presidents hold the No. 2 spot in the nation's government, but they often don't get much attention from the American people.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Todd Akin's ignorant comments on rape are no surprise

Whether Missouri Republicansstick with Mr. Akinor toss him aside, they're stuck with a problem of their own making. A legitimate problem

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hamoodi incarceration is an example of U.S. hypocrisy

Shakir Hamoodi, who has been sentenced to federal prison for violating U.S. sanctions against Iraq, had no choice but to help his family overseas and is a pillar of the Columbia community — but his religion is a major factor in his harsh punishment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Sequestration' will permit future Congressional inaction

The recent decision by the U.S. Congress to allow budget sequestration will continue the cycle of deficit spending.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Stop kowtowing to corn growers: Kill the ethanol mandate

Congress should remove the federal ethanol mandate, regardless of pressures from farmers and farm conglomerates.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Koster wins small victory for victims of mortgage fraud

Most of $2 million settlement will end up in Missouri's general fund, which means it will be available for schools, drought relief or whatever lawmakers decide to spend it on.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'The good, the bad and the ugly' of Columbia

Columbia residents live with too much "bad and ugly," and the "good" in Columbia needs to emerge.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: With choice of Paul Ryan, Romney should sweep the primaries

By attaching himself to Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and the Justin Bieber of the Republican right, Mitt Romney has sent his horse cavalry to protect his right flank from an air assault that will be coming from the center and the left.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Dirty money loses in primary election; time to outlaw it

Many candidates who received money from unethical sources were defeated in the primary election, demonstrating a voter-approved mandate for lawmakers to remove  dirty money from Missouri's political realm.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Find a fair malpractice path in Missouri

Rather than entering into another contentious debate about “greedy trial lawyers” versus patients’ rights, Missouri leaders should look at new ways to handle medical malpractice claims.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ending 'don't ask, don't tell' spending at the Pentagon

The Pentagon now spends roughly twice as much as it did in 2001. After the 10-year, $450 billion in 'sequestration" cuts, the Pentagon still will have a base budget next year of $472 billion.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Parents, students should have choices for school

For a growing number of families across the country, school shopping means having the freedom to choose one school over another. It means looking at different schools and selecting the one that is the best fit for the child.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Oversight of Lake of the Ozarks power project best left with federal authority

Missouri does not have an energy department. The nearest match might be the state's Public Service Commission. If authority is transferred to local governments, uniformity issues might arise. The shoreline extends through four counties and a number of municipalities.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mars landing rekindles patriotism of American innovation

The rover Curiosity's landing on Mars demonstrates that not only is the United States still the world's leader space exploration, but that people should be getting excited about American innovation.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Men should have choice about PSA screening

Recent studies show that prostate screenings may not be as beneficial as one may think.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's unconstitutional — and expensive — public defender crisis

Missouri's public defender system needs an overhaul. Tax increases to help will save the state money in the long run.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A practical, expansive and correct court ruling

The Missouri State Supreme Court ruled the state auditor is empowered to write fiscal notes for ballot issues.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Amendment would allow students to pray in school

The bill would amend the state constitution to ensure the right to express religious beliefs, the right for schoolchildren to pray  n their school and that all public schools display the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.