Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Glenn Beck promoted a marketplace of opinions

While Glenn Beck's views may seem extreme, his willingness and ability to profess his opinions makes him a "crusader for the First Amendment."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri is on the wrong end of misery index

According to the U.S. Well-Being Index, Missouri ranks 43rd among states in terms of how residents view their lives.  In addition, Missouri is 48th in both the "life evaluation" and "healthy behavior" categories.   

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon should warm up veto pen, kill anti-worker measures

Gov. Jay Nixon should veto the two bills the General Assembly left on the table Thursday afternoon. One bill would make it easy to discriminate against workers, while the other would make it hard for workers and their families to receive workers' compensation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Sunshine Week stresses balance of security, open government

As Sunday marks the beginning of Sunshine Week, we are reminded of the rights and obligations American citizens have under the Freedom of Information Act.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Prepare and plan for severe weather

Severe Weather Awareness Week begins Monday, promoting the many things that can be done to protect oneself during storms, tornadoes and floods.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Report cites failings in applying death penalty in Missouri

Gov. Nixon needs to consider the American Bar Association's recommendations for reforming what they call an unjust death penalty system.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposed enhanced enterprise zones create Internet backlash

A new citizens group — CiViC, Citizens Invested and Involved in Columbia — seeks to question the widsom of blighting large portions of the city and county in the name of economic development.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Speaker's investments cry out for Missouri ethics law

Missouri Speaker of the House Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, has control over ethics legislation while displaying questionable ethics himself.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Amnesty taxes ideals but reflects reality

Amnesty for delinquent tax payers isn't the greatest principle, but it makes up for money lost and doesn't cost as much as a hard-line approach.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't cancel Branson visit

The majority of tourist attractions are still open after Wednesday's storm, and people are encouraged to visit Branson despite the recent distaster.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time for ethics law is now

Under the current ethics law, there is no limit to the amount of donations and contributions legislators can receive from lobbyists.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time to let Missouri's quasi-state insurance company sink or swim

After Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co. paid back its seed money, it was supposed to stand on its own, like a kid who leaves the family nest. It's time for Missouri lawmakers to kick this kid out of the house.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Legislative inaction leads to filing chaos

Boundaries haven't been solidified for state House and Senate districts and Missouri’s congressional districts. As a result, candidates may file for districts they are ineligible to represent.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Once again, case to fix Missouri's redistricting process is made

Missouri's broken redistricting process has turned the boundaries of state House and Senate districts into havens for political entitlement.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax credit proposal could solve Missouri budget dilemma

Sen. Jason Crowell filed a bill last week that would create a one-year delay on the redemption of tax credits from the state's two largest tax credit programs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Authorities should attack meth supply and demand as Missouri is No. 1 again

Law enforcement needs to take a dual strategy with their enforcement of methamphetamine because of the readily available ingredients for production.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time for Missouri's governor to go bold

Nixon is up for re-election in November, but so far has not drawn a top-tier challenger. Regrettably, that good fortune has not inspired the governor to act more boldly.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't trap students in new districts

Steve Spellman argues there's an infinite number of reasons why parents might want to transfer their children away from their assigned school and Columbia Public Schools needs to change its transfer policy to reflect those.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pseudoephedrine debate to emerge at state level

Recent reports indicate that meth-related incidents have been cut nearly in half near places that have imposed prescription requirements.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Jefferson City legislators' continuing quest to improve education

Education and evaluation are connected, just as student and teacher performance are. The focal point for improving education should rest on a combination of every factor.