Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cancer may be 'bad luck,' but we also make choices

Is a lifetime of eating organic food, getting plenty of exercise and doing every other good thing you’re supposed to not enough to protect you?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri is not prepared for its aging population

Missouri's General Assembly should act sooner rather than later when it comes to preparing for the incoming "silver tsunami" of Medicare beneficiaries.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Let degregulation level the playing field for Uber, other taxi companies

Fewer limits on Kansas City's taxicab industry could help it compete with encroaching   ridesharing companies like Uber.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: When the death penalty hits close to home

Lisha Gayle, a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, was robbed and murdered in 1998, and her killer is currently on Missouri's death row.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Correct training deficiencies for state troopers

The merger between the Missouri Highway Patrol and Water Patrol has negatively affected training and documentation.

STEVE SPELLMAN: How the city's pattern of giving, then taking away, frustrates voters

People are tired of getting burned, and they don’t trust what public officials are telling us anymore. Who can blame them?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Legislators can smoke in public buildings, but others can't

Republicans will allow smoking in offices as long as the window is open and after business hours. Democrats say they will ban their members from smoking, although we have heard they have been known to break those rules.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should keep tolls on I-70 in the mix

Tolls could make good sense on this limited amount of roadway and, perhaps in the future, on a few other interstates.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 2015 should be the year to 'Fight for $15'

The national movement would turn low-wage jobs into “living wage” jobs that pay enough to lift workers out of poverty.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Give Republican voters a real choice this time

For the GOP, the presidential choices so far could resemble a well-stocked smorgasbord, from moderate to far right to Libertarian.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ban on foie gras gets ignored in California

A federal judge kicked off the new year by blocking enforcement of a ban that took effect two years ago on animal cruelty grounds. Will the case reach the Supreme Court?

GUEST COMMENTARY: About time chickens got better conditions — in a few places

A 2008 ballot measure to improve conditions for laying hens finally went into effect in California, giving birds room to lie down and turn around.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Adopt a stray, get a tax credit?

Adopting a stray pet is not a bad idea. But people might adopt a pet, claim the tax credit and then dump the pet by the side of the road — all for the $300 tax credit.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Veterans Memorial to get needed update

The memorial is to be expanded and updated to honor veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Funding would come from private sources.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Rare victory in fight to build an inclusive world

The ABLE Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law a few days before Christmas, will give people with disabilities and their families access to the tax-deferred savings option that folks without disabilities already enjoy.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislators punish the working poor

An estimated 300,000 uninsured Missourians cannot get discounts on insurance that are available through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Congress should protect free and open Internet

Net neutrality is the notion that Internet service providers — Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, etc. — should not be allowed to create fast and slow lanes between customers and online content.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Celebrating a blow in favor of press independence

New York Times reporter James Risen won his legal fight against the U.S. Department of Justice, which wanted him to disclose sources he used to uncover failed U.S. operation against Iran's nuclear program.

GUEST COMMENTARY: State subsidies to private business choke economic growth

If Missouri wants to stimulate growth, the first step is putting a stop to corporate welfare.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Muslim cartoonist draws lessons from Charlie Hebdo massacre

As a human being, I feel disgust over the murder of 12 innocent people. As an artist, I feel a profound sense of grief over the loss of four fellow cartoonists — including the great Cabu (also known as Jean Cabut), who inspired me as a young man to become a cartoonist.