Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Higher education should not lose in budget again

Despite lofty rhetoric from governors and lawmakers about how education is vital to economic development, Missouri remains near the bottom in terms of taxpayer support of higher education.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time to really clamp down on texting while driving

Like drunken driving, distracted driving is nothing new. A more recent addition, however, is the use of cellular telephones — including the practice of texting while driving.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wanted: College president. No experience required

How do you explain the selection of a former software executive with no significant academic credentials as the leader of a four-campus university system?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't ban cellphones in vehicles — yet

Proposed restrictions on cell phone use make sense, but they might go too far to be widely accepted by the public. Our lawmakers could be doing more than they are now to make our highways safer, though.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Shrouding presidential search in secrecy is bad policy for Missouri

Secrecy surrounded the selection of Timothy Wolfe as the UM System president. Did that mystery ensure a better choice was made? We'll never know.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate blocks new consumer bureau chief, and everyone loses

The financial industry, that is trying desperately to avoid being held accountable to its customers received a big win after the Senate voted down the confirmation of Richard Cordray, the nominee to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The 10 greediest Americans of 2011

Labor journalist Sam Pizzigati breaks down the 10 most ruthless, self-absorbed and insensitive Americans of 2011.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The state needs to stop acting like a bank

Part of the state government is acting like a bank, which could cause a revenue shortfall next year.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon must take the lead on insurance exchange

A $26 million grant has been approved by the Missouri House. But ideologues in the state Senate have vowed to block any measure that brings the state into compliance with “Obamacare.”

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Adios, Mr. Pujols. Thanks for the memories

Let it be said that Albert Pujols leaves St. Louis owing the fans and the city nothing. The ledger is clean. He never gave less than full effort, never demanded anything from anyone that he did not demand of himself.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pay-to-play goes on despite 14-year prison term for Blagojevich

The tragedy of the Blagojevich prison sentence is that the problems in politics exposed by his conviction will continue.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: There's no compelling reason to extend term limits

Voters should have the opportunity to limit an incumbent's term during elections, and the proposal to extend term limits would take that power away. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lesson from Pearl Harbor — don't sit on the sidelines

The anniversary of Pearl Harbor reminds us that the United States needs to be a leader in international affairs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Status of 'the other 99 percent' around the world

The U.S. has the highest ratio of the top 1 percent income share compared to other developed countries. The decline in the income share of the other 99 percent began in the late 80s.

ROSE NOLEN: The 'sovereign citizen' movement preys on hopelessness

The courts have been weighed down with frivolous lawsuits from domestic terrorists.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time to introduce shorter bans on gambling

Protecting more people when they are most at risk is a strong incentive for changing the program. And the ban still would be for five years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Panel on state employee salaries needs more time

The legislative committee in charge is "navigating the maze successfully so far," as the "prolonged economic downturn does not allow Missouri to raise employee pay in a single, sweeping move." Gov. Jay Nixon's panel-endorsed budget increase of 2 percent begins July 1.