Eliminating Missouri's short-term loan industry would hurt the community and those who rely on the loans and borrow responsibly.
Short-term payday loans have long-term effects on communities. They create a cycle of debt that is difficult to escape.
The Missourian is accepting letters to the editor and guest commentaries about the ballot issues and candidates until April 1.
The U.S. is an outlier when it comes to freedom of expression. Although we share other countries’ repugnance for hate speech, particularly the race- and religion-baiting variety, the First Amendment reflects a uniquely strong aversion to government censorship of any kind.
Organizations that receive taxpayer funding should be required to report who gets the money, how much they get and for what purpose it's spent on lobbying.
An MU peace studies professor argues for a weapons-free outer space.
Missouri legislators' tendency to ignore their constituencies is disturbing.
The new parking garage downtown won't help us dig out of the hole we find ourselves in as tons of its spaces remain empty.
A Columbia group hopes to triple Columbia Transit's services within three years. This would lead to improvements in personal finance, public spending, health and fitness, economic development and the environment.
Many lawmakers tell us that an increase in the minimum wage will discourage businesses from coming to Missouri, but service jobs have to stay where the customers are.
No matter how you dress up the quack economic theory of the beer distributors, it is still quack economic theory.
The 2010 census results are costing Missouri a congressional seat. That could mean a crisis like those in 1981, 1971 and especially 1931.
The national lack of organ donors continues to spur changes in legislation.
State Sen. Jolie Justus aims to change initiative petition laws, which allow residents to petition for laws and amendments to be on the state ballot.
Ameren Missouri could charge ratepayers extra to cover the costs of an early site permit for a new nuclear power plant in Callaway County if Senate Bill 50 passes. The long-term benefits are worth the extra costs, which would be less than $2 per customer per year.
In order to promote economic growth for Missouri, the state needs to balance a budget that creates new jobs and promotes economic growth.
Raising revenue for education and infrastructure will save America money in the long run.
Both sides of the Proposition B debate can find common ground in a need to address the problem of unlicensed breeders in Missouri.
By assigning children to high schools based on their location, Missouri is limiting poor and minority students' opportunities to receive a better education. Charter schools should be allowed to open in cities besides Kansas City and St. Louis.
Missouri could face a more prosperous future by considering alternative financing for transportation investment such as public-private partnerships.