Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Donald Rumsfeld, the architect of Obama defense strategy

Barack Obama's recently proposed strategy for resetting military priorities mirrors the ideas Donald Rumsfeld tried to implement.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Corrections reform proposal a start, but it doesn't go far enough

It's unfortunate that the best Missouri can hope for politically is significantly less than the reforms that passed nearly unanimously in nearby Kentucky.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Coping with another budget shortfall

Gov. Jay Nixon and state lawmakers begin a new year, and new session, facing yet another budget shortfall. An estimated $500 million gap will separate revenues and expenses projected for the coming budget year.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A session haunted by past and future

Initiatives by the Republican majority likely will be buffeted not only by past failures but by swelling partisanship in this election year. Expectations of accomplishments this session are low.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 45 NFL seasons and 16 coaches. Is it something we said?

The latest football coach to be handed his hat was Steve Spagnuolo, whose teams managed to win only 10 games in his three seasons

GUEST COMMENTARY: Should Missouri add tolls to Interstate 70?

The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced plans to make Interstate 70 a toll road to fund renovations. Without tolls, MoDOT officials say they would have to increase the gas tax 15 cents per gallon, almost doubling Missouri’s current tax of 17 cents per gallon.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Say goodbye to Iowa and hello to Missouri in 2016

A rotating regional primary system would better serve the nation and better reflect the population.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't expect much out of 2012 Missouri legislature

The so-called "Blueprint for Missouri," the agenda of the Republicans who lead the House with an overwhelming majority, is underwhelming to say the least. Were the actual goal to build a better state, it would be a blueprint for collapse.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 2011 was a year of surprises politically

Presdident Barack Obama, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain contributed to rare moments of surprise in 2011. Alas.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Education cuts are not the solution

Children should be getting more quality instructional time, not less, to prepare to compete in the rapidly globalizing economy. Instead they're being held back and provided fewer school days and hours by stopgap solutions to budget problems they didn't cause.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Welcome progress on U.S. fuel efficiency

Several notable events in 2011 showed it's time for Americans to change at least some of their old ways of thinking about oil.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Economy trends upward as year begins

In this election year, the economy will be a topic of much discussion and debate. Candidates will take credit for each upswing and criticize opponents for each downturn. But no candidate or elected official can single-handedly spark an economic boom.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislature faces a trying, contentious session

As the General Assembly session's opening nears, House and Senate leaders have yet to resolve their bitter differences over economic development legislation.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Iowa caucuses serve no political purpose whatsoever

The Iowa caucuses are the oddest oddball of the political year. They have virtually no predictive value. Historically, they are as apt to choose a loser as a winner.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Joplin memorial should remind lawmakers of priorities

The wall has been left as a monument to the nearly 100,000 volunteers from around the globe who helped the residents of southwest Missouri dig out of the rubble. It ought to be left standing to remind legislators of their promises, too.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Floodgates open for Missouri ballot initiatives in 2012

The willingness of politicians to trample over a public vote remains a disturbing legacy of this year. The secretary of state has approved 32 petitions dealing with 13 issues for circulation for the November 2012 elections.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: FAA needs to move faster on rules for commercial pilots

Common sense says the FAA should do its part to keep exhausted pilots out of the cockpit.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's wise to limit visual access in Bustamante trial

The trial likely will create a media event rarely experienced in Cole County.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Resolve to keep science experiments off your table in 2012

The variety and volume of engineered crops have steadily increased over the past 15 years, despite the lack of independent research on their long-term effects on human health and the environment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gifts Missouri politicans should return

For the politicians involved, at least, these missteps and misstatements would have been better left unwrapped.