Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time to let Missouri's quasi-state insurance company sink or swim

After Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co. paid back its seed money, it was supposed to stand on its own, like a kid who leaves the family nest. It's time for Missouri lawmakers to kick this kid out of the house.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Legislative inaction leads to filing chaos

Boundaries haven't been solidified for state House and Senate districts and Missouri’s congressional districts. As a result, candidates may file for districts they are ineligible to represent.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Once again, case to fix Missouri's redistricting process is made

Missouri's broken redistricting process has turned the boundaries of state House and Senate districts into havens for political entitlement.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax credit proposal could solve Missouri budget dilemma

Sen. Jason Crowell filed a bill last week that would create a one-year delay on the redemption of tax credits from the state's two largest tax credit programs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Authorities should attack meth supply and demand as Missouri is No. 1 again

Law enforcement needs to take a dual strategy with their enforcement of methamphetamine because of the readily available ingredients for production.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time for Missouri's governor to go bold

Nixon is up for re-election in November, but so far has not drawn a top-tier challenger. Regrettably, that good fortune has not inspired the governor to act more boldly.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't trap students in new districts

Steve Spellman argues there's an infinite number of reasons why parents might want to transfer their children away from their assigned school and Columbia Public Schools needs to change its transfer policy to reflect those.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pseudoephedrine debate to emerge at state level

Recent reports indicate that meth-related incidents have been cut nearly in half near places that have imposed prescription requirements.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Jefferson City legislators' continuing quest to improve education

Education and evaluation are connected, just as student and teacher performance are. The focal point for improving education should rest on a combination of every factor.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Supreme Court not upholding equal justice under law

The U.S. Supreme Court is failing to protect its own precedents and maintain the uniformity of federal law across the nation as circuit courts are applying federal laws differently. With this failure comes the corrosion of federal legitimacy.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Criticism of welfare programs focused on wrong recipients

Research performed by the New York Times and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows the middle class actually receives the majority of government aid, not the lower class, as many assume.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The true war on religion

The true war on religion in the United States is the attempt by some to impose their religious beliefs on everybody else. To avoid that war, moral choices must be left to the individual, not the state.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Cash rules Missouri's odius political culture

Missouri legislators need to work on cleaning up Missouri's money-grubbing political culture.