Guest Commentaries

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."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri is on the wrong end of misery index

According to the U.S. Well-Being Index, Missouri ranks 43rd among states in terms of how residents view their lives.  In addition, Missouri is 48th in both the "life evaluation" and "healthy behavior" categories.   

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon should warm up veto pen, kill anti-worker measures

Gov. Jay Nixon should veto the two bills the General Assembly left on the table Thursday afternoon. One bill would make it easy to discriminate against workers, while the other would make it hard for workers and their families to receive workers' compensation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Sunshine Week stresses balance of security, open government

As Sunday marks the beginning of Sunshine Week, we are reminded of the rights and obligations American citizens have under the Freedom of Information Act.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Prepare and plan for severe weather

Severe Weather Awareness Week begins Monday, promoting the many things that can be done to protect oneself during storms, tornadoes and floods.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Report cites failings in applying death penalty in Missouri

Gov. Nixon needs to consider the American Bar Association's recommendations for reforming what they call an unjust death penalty system.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposed enhanced enterprise zones create Internet backlash

A new citizens group — CiViC, Citizens Invested and Involved in Columbia — seeks to question the widsom of blighting large portions of the city and county in the name of economic development.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Speaker's investments cry out for Missouri ethics law

Missouri Speaker of the House Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, has control over ethics legislation while displaying questionable ethics himself.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Amnesty taxes ideals but reflects reality

Amnesty for delinquent tax payers isn't the greatest principle, but it makes up for money lost and doesn't cost as much as a hard-line approach.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't cancel Branson visit

The majority of tourist attractions are still open after Wednesday's storm, and people are encouraged to visit Branson despite the recent distaster.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time for ethics law is now

Under the current ethics law, there is no limit to the amount of donations and contributions legislators can receive from lobbyists.