Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Party leaders favor ethics reform, so what is the holdup?

Republican candidate for governor Dave Spence's ethics reform needs to be given a serious look. Campaign donation rules need to be reigned in and Spence's reform plan can do that.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri bill is a bad bet for gamblers

Casinos want to be able to make loans to their patrons, thus allowing people to gamble with borrowed money.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: General Assembly takes small but important step toward prison reform

There is still much to be done to correct Missouri's prisons, but the new bill will save money and reduce prison populations in an effective way.

GUEST COMMENTARY: CiVic seeks to have civil debate about enhanced enterprise zones

Citizens Involved and Invested in Columbia, or CiViC, is pushing to allow residents to participate in the discussion about enhanced enterprise zones in Columbia.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Least offensive way to ruin judge selection still a bad idea

Senate Joint Resolution 51 asks voters to change the part of the Missouri Constitution that limits political influence in the selection of judges for the state courts. Missouri senators should dig deep into their consciences and vote it down.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We need to listen, take the advice of Missouri's veterans

In order to "ensure we’re living up to the promises made to our veterans," we need to listen to their suggestions on how best to improve Veterans Affairs hospitals.

GUEST COLUMN: Cycle of domestic violence and abuse can be stopped

Columbia provides resources for the those affected by domestic abuse, and there are many ways community members can help put an end to the violence.

GUEST COMMENTARY: True North provides care, resources for domestic abuse survivors

The organization is raising awareness of the domestic abuse epidemic while providing shelter, counseling, support groups and referrals for medical and child care to women and their children.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Report from Mexico brings questions about Walmart's ethics

It is alleged that Walmart paid millions of dollars in bribes in order to open new stores in Mexico more quickly.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Enhanced Enterprise Zone is not the answer

Mayor Bob McDavid may believe calling half the city "blighted" as just semantics, but an Enhanced Enterprise Zone would cause more harm than good for Columbia.

GUEST COMMENTARY: MU's coal plant pollutes communities from Columbia to southern Illinois

Considering the legitimate negative effects of burning coal on campus, MU needs to find clean energy solutions that will benefit the school and the community. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Child care needs support through tax amnesty

House members have proposed a taxpayer amnesty bill that might generate $70 million – more than enough to support child care and other services for children. Senators should get behind this idea, or they should accept the responsibility to propose a tax increase.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Challenged by judges, state auditor punts on responsibility

As judge after judge overturn fiscal notes for proposed voter-intiative petitions, it has made State Auditor Tom Schweich's job difficult, but not impossible.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Anti-gay legislation nothing but bullying from House GOP

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial argues that the Missouri House is encouraging bullying by proposing a bill against addressing sexual orientation in schools. The bill, nicknamed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, would prevent the formation of Gay Straight Alliances.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's initiative petition process an exercise in frustration

With an excess of frivolous petition filings and court challenges concerning them, legislative action is needed to speed up the process.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The war on mommies

Social policy in the U.S. provides little benefit to either working or stay-at-home mothers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Two agencies facing a very bad hangover

The scandals involving the General Services Administration and the Secret Service raise serious concerns.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri can't afford to leave $400 million on the table

The Missouri General Assembly needs to reconsider costly tax code luxuries in order to make up for the state's nearly $500 million budget shortfall.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Building nuclear reactors would benefit Missouri

Two companies announced a bid for federal energy funds to build small nuclear reactors, and the potential for energy, jobs and development is impossible to ignore.