Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: EEZ: Scourge, savior or waste of time?

What effects will the zone have on businesses outside the zone or homeowners in the community? 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Consumers not seeing benefits of Durbin amendment

The amendment was supposed to help lower gas prices, but the savings are not being passed on to customers by gas retailers. It's time to repeal the amendment.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Death in the shadow of a wall

I was at the foot of the mule trail the night they brought Capt. Waskow’s body down.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Support justice for Shakir Hamoodi

Shakir should not go to prison for sending money to his family in Iraq. 


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Cold sufferers caught in crossfire of war on meth

An electronic tracking system for purchases of drugs containing pseudoephedrine is a better solution than proposed state legislation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: During Joplin's long road back, government aid is key

The public and private sectors must continue working to complement each other to get Joplin on its feet.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Why do tornadoes teach us lessons but not floods?

The aftermath in Joplin reminds us of the devastation tornadoes can cause. A similar response is needed to last year's Missouri River flooding to avoid future devastation, though political forces and lingering apathy make such a response unlikely.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Volunteer spirit still shines after Joplin twister

A year after an EF5 tornado ripped through Joplin, helping hands continue to uplift the community. Volunteers have contributed $17.7 million in donated resources and hours, city officials say.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Spirit of Joplin resilient after disaster

Sen. Roy Blunt reflects on the resilience of the Joplin community one year later.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's desultory, destructive legislative session

Missouri's legislature ended session with more failures than accomplishments.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Football, our ruinous game

Football is a dangerous, potentially lethal sport, but its most ardent fans say that violence is just part of the game.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Name change for UMKC could be a game change

Sticking with the current name — the University of Missouri-Kansas City — will forever suggest that Kansas City's public university is a branch campus of MU in Columbia.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri House speaker's legacy: It's El Rushbo's House now

House Speaker Steve Tilley sold out Missourians when he gave talk-radio personality Rush Limbaugh a spot in the Hall of Famous Missourians.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri budget pact puts fairness in funding in play

Missourians can hope lawmakers wisely craft a new higher education funding formula down the road, but nothing is guaranteed.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ballot proposals offer stark contrast to legislature's follies

Two of the proposals aim to help the working poor and the tobacco tax would buttress education funding. Each of the four issues was brought to the legislature and discarded.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Human trafficking has ambiguous presence in western Missouri

It is important to recognize that human trafficking is a problem in Missouri, even if the exact number of victims and cases is unknown or kept quiet.

GUEST COLUMN: Relearning a lost mother's lessons

Missourian interactive news editor Laura Johnston reflects on celebrating Mother's day after the death of her own mother.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Legislators should keep hands off 'Hall of Famous Missourians'

State lawmakers should focus on legislation rather than trying to occupy and control the nominations of the Hall of Famous Missourians.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Shame on Steelman for hypocritically condoning violent rhetoric

In condoning violent rhetoric directed at her opponent, U.S. Senate Republican candidate Sarah Steelman turned away from her past values and shamed the proud political legacy of her family name.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Well-deserved state pay raise advances

Despite a budget gap that has prevented the legislature from giving pay raises to state employees, 97 percent of employees will receive a 2 percent increase. Missouri currently ranks last in pay among 50 states.