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Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Private Medicare plans have been a disaster

A plan to cut Medicare costs released by Sen Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is being celebrated by some as bipartisan success. Actually, it is proof that even a Democrat and Republican working together can chart a dangerous course for future retirees.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hazing cannot be ignored or tolerated

Any reasonable person must admit that our men and women in uniform have not only the duty to protect the rest of us but also a fierce obligation to protect one another.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's give a shout out to Food Bank volunteers

One donated hour at a time, dedicated volunteers are working to alleviate hunger among those in need.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Move your money to a better bank

When you pull your money out of your mega-bank and start banking with community development financial institutions, your old bank will hear your voice even louder and clearer than if you were standing on Wall Street with a bullhorn.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A crackling fire can be cozy — or dangerous

Follow these precautions from the U.S. Fire Association to avoid a home fire during this holiday season.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Do us all a favor: Get a flu shot

Protect yourself and those around you by getting a flu shot this year.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon's latest funding gambit deserves an 'F'

Gov. Jay Nixon is floating the idea of borrowing from the state's public universities to cover a budget shortfall, but that assumes that the universities are flush with cash.

GUEST COMMENTARY: To each his own when celebrating Christmas

My Christmas is essentially the Christmas of Charles Dickens. It's a Christmas of family, goodwill, compassion, and presents — lots of presents.

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