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Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Want the Missouri legislature's attention? Write a bigger check

When Steve Tilley, a legislator turned lobbyist, wrote a check to the House Republican Campaign Committee on May 10, it cast a dark cloud over every vote taken — or not taken — the last week of the session involving one of his clients.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Man can't live on cabbage alone

Americans need credible nutrition advice they can trust, not a choice between quacks and "experts" sold out to junk food companies.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ethanol subsidies should be eliminated

Corn producers won't like hearing it, but there are three big reasons to eliminate subsidies for ethanol fuel.

GUEST COMMENTARY: KOMU outlines reasons for not settling with DirecTV

Simply acquiescing to DirecTV's demands would do significant harm to KOMU's viewers and its educational mission.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Celebrities draw attention to social ills but mask deeper issues

We're mistaking moralism for morality. The real systemic sins are hiding inside the latter. Yet the cycle spins on.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: At least one American city has sensible gun laws

The right to bear arms is not unlimited. Washington, D.C. has gun control laws that should be emulated in Missouri's cities.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Rich are growing exponentially richer

The concentration of wealth is more extreme than you might imagine. The 400 richest Americans possess combined assets of over $2 trillion — as much wealth as all 41 million African Americans.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Jay Nixon and the summer of 176 vetoes

Missouri's failure to pass a Medicaid expansion bill is a crisis — one that demands bold moves from its governor, writes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mom was right: The 'five-second' rule does apply

Scientific studies have found that the potential risks of eating food that falls on the floor are minimal.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Climate change is no longer up for debate

The IPCC panel warned that the planet is indeed warming, that humans are primarily responsible and that we are not anywhere near prepared for the dire consequences.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ameren rates are likely to go up

Ameren hasn't disclosed the exact amount of the rate increase yet, but company officials are making the case for more revenue in a more aggressive public relations campaign than we've seen in a while.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: E-cigs aren't cigarettes and need their own regulations

E-cigarettes can help with smoking cessation and should be regulated similar to other "nicotine replacement pharmaceutical products."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wildlife, wind energy collide at pristine Missouri refuge

A planned wind-power project near the Squaw Creek refuge is creating a collision of environmental values and causing alarm among people who believe those giant tri-bladed turbines pose too great a risk for eagles, migratory fowl, bats and other flying species.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The sad myths of the superfood industry

So-called superfoods usually are good for you, but variety is the key to a healthy diet. So is eating whole foods. And most whole foods provide wonderful health benefits.

GUEST COMMENTARY: As with much in America, commencement becomes a political issue

Until recently, commencement speeches were just part of the routine. Now, they're part of the partisan divide. Speakers across the spectrum are getting "uninvited."

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pain and frustration at the gas pump

America's oil boom is delivering broad benefits, but not necessarily at the pump. The good news is that oil analysts say gasoline prices probably peaked for this year in late April.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's box turtle season: Keep a lookout on roadways

Turtles are struck by cars throughout the warm months, but they are at special risk at this time of year, when they are moving around looking for mates and establishing home ranges.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Unruly Medicaid rally was an ineffective way to lobby

An estimated 300 group members, including area pastors, participated in a rally at the Capitol to encourage Medicare expansion. Their voices expressed both passion and frustration.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax cut isn't disaster predicted by the governor

The tax measure that will now become law over Gov. Jay Nixon's veto is not anything like the deep tax cut plan enacted in Kansas. It is markedly less ambitious than the plan offered a year ago in Missouri.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Discover nature and feed your spirit

Studies now show that spending time in nature — with or without exercise — provides cognitive and psychological benefits.

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