Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Less is not always better when it comes to Missouri General Assembly

State Sen. John Lamping is sponsoring a bill that would cut the number of days the General Assembly is in session by more than a third.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Laudable Obama budget still lacks needed reforms

There are a few common sense solutions that liberals and conservatives know are needed to help the economy. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Certification solves occupational licensing problems, creates jobs

Occupational licensing creates higher unemployment rates, lower levels of competition and potential biases in the determination of who gets to work in a specific field.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Why does Missouri pass pro-discrimination bills?

The "common sense" argument for voter identification and workplace discrimination bills brought by state Republicans makes little sense for Missourians.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Finally, real mortgage relief for homeowners

Thursday's mortgage settlement, which includes reducing loan by up to $20,000 for households at risk of default, represents a meaningful step forward in the troubled housing market. The amount of settlement is about $26 billion, and Missouri's share would be more than $196 million, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Should lawmakers alter voter-approved term limits?

Lawmakers are proposing a constitutional amendment that would permit lawmakers to serve a maximum of 16 years in either the House or the Senate.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tragic Bustamante case concludes with just punishment, expression of remorse

Bustamante sentence is fair — life in prison with the possibility of parole. She also gave a seemingly "sincere" expression of remorse.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: How a 'job creator' would actually help Missouri

Candidates for governor need to get serious about tackling the root causes of joblessness and it's time to get creative in seeking new sources of revenue.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'Halftime in America': Missing the point

There's no reason to politicize everything — we should avoid negativity so we can see the possibility of a different path and work together.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A timely, if unfortunate, Super Bowl finger-flip

NBC, which broadcast the game, said it was incredibly sorry that an electronic delay system delayed kicking in until a few seconds after M.I.A. flipped off the world. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in June about an appeal to the current rules on indecency laws.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: State must stop gutting Missouri's universities

Republican and Democratic legislators in Missouri — as well as Gov. Jay Nixon — need to stop blaming schools for the higher education crisis and start finding solutions other than cutting funding to public colleges and universities.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Freddie Mac kept Obama initiatives from working

Elements of the housing bureaucracy has kept initiatives that would help hard-pressed homeowners from working at the level they were intended.