Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Fend off diseases borne by ticks, mosquitoes

Prevention is being emphasized with ticks and mosquitoes because these disease-bearing pests may be more abundant and more annoying this year.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Scary approach is needed

Weather and smoking scare tactics could be a good thing.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Loophole in law could cost $1 billion

Missouri risks having to pay back $100 million that tobacco companies paid to the state just in 2004. The damage from the years until 2012 could amount to more than $1 billion.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Low state taxes don't benefit Missourians

Missouri is now the lowest tax-collecting state per capita in the nation, which leads to local taxes paying for what the state won't.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gubernatorial candidate's credibility at stake

Republican David Spence is losing credibility after instances of dishonesty.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Base closure talks needed to get serious about deficit control

Political maneuvering needs to take a backseat to making tough decisions about deficit control and military base closures.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri by the numbers: A state in trouble

The low-tax Show-Me state hasn't brought the type of prosperity legislators typically look for, leaving education and public health facing deep cuts.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's pitch perfect that Voter ID measure tossed as fraud

Complicated language cannot hide that the measure is meant to stifle potential opposition voters.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Why is Missouri lagging behind economically? Education

Missouri's poor performance measures, relative to other states, are nearly all education-related.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Accident prevention preferable to punishment

If an accident is caused by negligence, carelessness or intoxication, the punishment should fit the severity of the offense.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Troubling response to killing of black youth in Florida

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Illogical proposal reappears to ease helmet restrictions

The bill would require helmets only for those younger than 21. But of the 84 motorcycle operators who died in 2010, just three were under 21. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Closing gap in two-party system creates complications

Under a proposed bill in the state senate, voters would be required to declare party affiliation when they register to vote. Although it may not make much legislative progress, it raises issues worthy of discussion.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Direst strait keeps Delta CEO up at night

Delta Air Lines Inc. is the largest private purchaser of jet fuel in the United States. If war with Iran blocked the means to how Delta gets its fuel, the price of a barrel of oil could rise 300 percent. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Health care mandate repeal would hurt accessibility

The Affordable Care Act is a fairer, more accessible health care system and should be upheld when the Supreme Court hears arguments starting March 26.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Empower commission to oversee Capitol gallery

The Jefferson City News Tribune suggests that the Missouri State Capitol Commission, a bipartisan group, would be a better body to appoint entries into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate has work ahead to fix bad Missouri budget plan

The Missouri House's budget involves made-up money instead of new tax revenue, and the Senate will have to find a truly balanced budget.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Conflicting bills on driving suggest Missouri senator is distracted

One bill would make it illegal for drivers to do anything that could distract them from driving, while the other would allow distracting digital billboards along Missouri's roads.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Public trust requires open government

National Sunshine Week highlights the importance of open government and demanding accountability from elected and appointed officials.

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."