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Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislators, do something or go home

Since getting started in early September, Missouri’s special session has come to resemble a jalopy lurching down a highway, sputtering at every curve.

GUEST COMMENTARY: What have they done with Ron Paul?

No matter how well he might perform in the polls or at fundraising, he's largely a nonperson in the press.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: MoDOT cuts costs, adds J-turns, tests anti-smog roads

MoDOT has saved $177 million toward its goal of saving $512 million and plans to open J-turns on U.S. 54 in Cole County. The agency also will test smog-absorbing concrete on Missouri 141 in St. Louis County.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Free the college football market

College football powerhouses should stop kidding themselves about academic ideals, and athletes should be fairly compensated for their play.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Wendy's spent millions on a burger that can't compare to a backyard cookout

Years of testing and experiments have resulted in a burger that can't stand up to those served up at blue-collar barbeques.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Celebrate decrease in state traffic deaths

In 2005, 1,257 people died on Missouri highways. So far this year, there have been 527 fatal accidents. MoDOT attributes the decline to improvements to roads and signs, and driver education.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Republicans lack leadership in legislature over jobs bill

If the jobs bill fails, at this point, it's entirely a Republican political failure. Because it doesn't have a 2012 gubernatorial candidate to rally behind, the party lacks the unifying political force needed to pass the jobs bill.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri government's response to sexual assault cases not sufficient

Three recent examples should give Missouri communities cause to wonder and worry about the state government's response to sexual assault cases.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama's stance on Palestine pits U.S. and Israel against the world

The Obama administration has balked on its stance for Palestinian independence, and the decision looks like political posturing, rather than true leadership.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's use common sense in the Postal Service debate

Job cuts and service decline in the U.S. Postal Service will sever a lifeline for many Americans.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time to admit failure with No Child Left Behind

Local solutions, not a federal mandate, are the best way to achieve educational excellence for the nation's students.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Learn from the mistakes of No Child Left Behind

The philosophy behind the failed act is sound, but its unrealistic standards can't be met and only hurt students in the process.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tobacco tax hike in Missouri should be an easy winner

Raising Missouri's lowest-in-the-nation tobacco tax should lead to better health outcomes and more consistent funding for education.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tobacco tax proposal unlikely to help smoking prevention efforts

The American Cancer Society and other organizations want to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by 80 cents. Meanwhile, funding for tobacco prevention programs in the state remains scarce.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Put jumbo mortgages on a diet

The decrease of the jumbo-loan cap reduces taxpayers' potential liability.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: If a tornado warning sounds, seek shelter. Period

Not every siren sounding is followed by a tornado, but common sense should dictate that people should take precautions, anyway.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Palestine's request to United Nations for statehood was unwise

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas asked the U.N. to consider statehood for the Palestinians — a thinly-veiled shot at Israel.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri residents want to protect federal aid programs

Grass Roots Organizing received a passionate response from Missouri residents at county fairs this summer in opposition to any cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. 

GENE ROBERTSON: Obama, IBM may share inability to keep promises

Columbia residents should keep a close eye on what the president and the computer company that opened a service center in town last year promise to do for them.

GUEST COMMENTARY: How states reduce prosperity while trying to create jobs

State government job creation efforts relocate jobs rather than create new ones.

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