Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: It may be too easy to buy influence in this state

Politics at the state level have always had their raw edges, a toughness that is not publicly visible to those who see only floor debates and committee hearings.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Know about sunblock ingredients before applying it

For those concerned about the chemicals we put on our bodies, sunblock represents a double-edged sword.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Considering contentious ballot issues

Amendment 5, which goes beyond gun rights, could be dangerous, and Amendment 8 doesn't really help veterans, so voters should not approve either one of those. Amendment 9, however, makes sense in the electronic age, and voters would be wise to approve it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Citizens deserve another option to save Boone County fairgrounds

Also not on the table is to initiate the next chapter in the fairgrounds history with real leadership to build a community-based nonprofit cooperative of perhaps the fair board, 4-H groups, FFA groups, equine enthusiasts and other caring citizens who are willing to ...  put the fairgrounds on a more financial, cultural and politically sustainable path for the future.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Timing of campaign checks trips up Missouri GOP again

When it comes to denying that ill-timed campaign checks influence public policy, Missouri Republicans are having a hard time keeping their stories straight.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should stop holding out on prescription drug database

Missouri continues to be the only state in the United States that won't allow a prescription drug database to be established. The opposition to the database comes from a small group of Missouri lawmakers who say it would violate personal privacy.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's higher education department scores A+ on immigration studies

The legislature has barred students who have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status from receiving in-state tuition, so the department is offering them free tuition at community colleges to work around that decision.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Rejecting transportation sales tax would hurt Missouri

Yes, it’s big, but we believe the price is worth paying if the state’s roads, bridges and other transportation-related needs are met.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Underfunding national and state parks shortchanges America's treasures

America’s greatest vacation destinations are also our most egalitarian. You can almost certainly afford the price tag of admission — even to the likes of the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Partisan power struggle isn't serving Missouri residents

We encourage Missouri lawmakers to consider gubernatorial vetoes individually, not collectively.  Further action that intensifies discord would be a mistake and not in the best interests of Missouri residents.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wrongly imprisoned, Mark Woodworth deserves justice

With Mark Woodworth's case dismissed, who will answer for the 17 years he spent in prison?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: "No" on highway sales tax; public transit is more important

Accessible and affordable public transit is good for all of Missouri. So why does the state largely ignore and underfund it?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hemp-oil bill should open larger discussion about legalizing pot

Careful reading of the bill that allows the use of cannabis extract to treat epilepsy shows that it sets up the regulatory framework for dealing with medicinal marijuana, now legal in 23 states.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri needs to think policy, not politics

This year's legislative session provided many more examples of partisanship at its worst, leading to bad law in some cases and failure to get necessary work done in others.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: EPA needs to clarify Clean Water Act for farmers

A number of farmers in Kansas, Missouri and other states are concerned that a pending clarification of the federal act will require them to give up some of their current farming activities or seek the EPA’s permission for how to handle water runoff on their lands.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Consider new evidence in case of inmate scheduled to be executed

Regardless of one's perspective on the death penalty, all should concur our society is ill served by executing the wrongly convicted.

GUEST COMMENTARY: No one is exempt from a tough pregnancy decision; don't make it harder

If pregnancy isn’t compatible with the woman’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial health, then access to abortion is a part of her right to seek full health, to control her destiny.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Study divides nation into seven groups, but all are proud to be American

The Pew Research Center poll found that while Americans may be more politically divided than ever they are still united by patriotism.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mental health-law enforcement partnership is bonus for state

The initiative contains two laudable goals: decreasing societal costs and treating individual mental health disorders.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: After middle school, extreme quest for popularity doesn't pay off

The main thing everybody should take away from researcher Joseph P. Allen's study is timeless: The only lasting form of popularity is based on confidence, benevolence and individuality.