Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Congress must get Missouri River foes to work together

The country's national treasure must be managed to balance the needs of upstream states and downstream states, which have different needs in times of flood and times of drought.


Young people who were brought to the U.S. before they turned 16 will be thankful for a new Obama administration policy that closely resembles the DREAM Act, a former undocumented student writes.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Middle class was collateral damage when housing bomb burst

American families earning the median household income had two decades' worth of prosperity wiped out between 2007 and 2010.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Failed recall of Wisconsin governor interpreted

After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker escaped last week's recall election with his title still intact, columnist Donald Kaul looks at what the incident could mean on a larger scale.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Deaton responds to National Research Council Report

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton expresses his support for the concepts covered in the National Research Council's latest report.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Even with raise, Missouri state workers at bottom looking up

As part of the post-Wisconsin strategy of Republicans to bash public-sector unions, a poll indicates that 45 percent of Americans favor cutting state employees' pay by 10 percent.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Partnership promotes, protects hunting season's contributions

Hunting Works for Missouri says the contributions of hunting in Missouri are significant, including $96.8 million in state and local taxes per year..

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Farm bill debate is laughable

The U.S. Senate is debating a bill that would reduce the federal budget by $2.3 billion a year by eliminating direct payments to farms that produce big row crops.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Focus on education to jumpstart Missouri's economy

Missouri needs to reduce middle class barriers to college degrees by restructuring the state's regionalized and inefficient university system and increasing state funding to reasonable levels.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon should veto SB 749 — Missouri already compromised on contraception

Gov. Jay Nixon should veto Senate Bill 749, a poorly considered, politically contrived rehash of a decades-old debate about contraceptives.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Balancing diverse interests at Lake of the Ozarks remains a challenge

On Tuesday, federal regulators adopted measures that aim to protect an estimated 1,500 private structures at the Lake of the Ozarks.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pro football's future clouds up in St. Louis

The Rams, one of the National Football League’s worst teams, just stuck their hands out for a reported $700 million worth of improvements at the Edward Jones Dome. Taxpayer funds would cover much of those costs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Outgoing Judge Price acts to affirm court plan

The resigning Supreme Court justice is opposed to proposals to change Missouri's judicial appointment plan.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ruling should give lawmakers impetus to rewrite criminal code

A ruling by the Missouri Supreme Court that struck down part of what was called "Megan's Law" should be an impetus to make certain that next year's legislature adopts a streamlined criminal code, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Keeping Big 12 tournaments in Kansas City eases fears for conference

Just a few short months ago people wondered whether the Big 12 would even still belong to a big-time conference. Now those fears are eased with announcements that Big 12 football and basketball events will be in Kansas City.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Behind super-sized sodas, a deeper danger

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hopes to ban sodas and sugary drinks in an attempt to decrease obesity in the city that Bloomberg says has reached 58 percent of people.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pocketbook issues now hinge on who's holding the pocketbook

"Pocketbook" issues remain at the focal point during presidential elections, but this year, demographics may go a long way toward deciding the winner.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Chosen few get aboard the tax-break gravy train

Numerous efforts by development lawyers, business executives and political officials are under way behind the scenes to get companies to move from one side of the state line to the other. The recent increase in job piracy won’t stop until responsible leaders act.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Dissent in redistricting case points the way to reform

Between now and when the redistricting process starts anew in 2020, Missourians owe it to themselves fix the process' inequities. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri National Guard commended for revealing investigation

Secrecy in government may prompt the public to assume the worst. The public imagination often conjures a more atrocious scenario than that revealed by the facts.