Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Term limits decrease effectiveness of Missouri legislature

Some legislators have spoken of the harmful nature of term limits, which are said to cause problems including a lack of trust and experience in the legislature.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sinquefield’s plan to scrap state income tax is lose-lose for everyone

Proponents of the plan want to eliminate the tax source that brings in 65 percent of Missouri’s revenue.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: College costs crush the best and brightest

Many American students find themselves stuck between the dream of earning a college degree and the reality of paying for that education. Rising tuition costs and reduced government support of higher education have forced many students to turn to student loans. The biggest problem is paying for those loans. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Drowning in debt, college graduates need a life jacket

College graduates are ready to work, but they are consistently stymied by the significant loan debt they have accumulated. Congress is ignoring the issue, while President Obama is looking for solutions.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Share the Harvest shows hunters' generosity

In the Share the Harvest program, hunters and meat processors donate venison to food banks to be distributed to needy Missouri families. About 6,100 deer were processed through the program during the 2010 hunting season, adding up to more than 350,000 pounds of meat.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Having the world's largest incarceration rate is costly

The United States has the world's largest incarceration rate for many reasons. We should take a second look at some of them.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A simple comma could shift political power in Missouri

A judge will have to decide how to interpret the placement of a comma to determine whether or not Gov. Jay Nixon overstepped his constitutional boundaries.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Thanks, Cardinals, for an incredible baseball season

The Cardinals made an improbable run to the playoffs, the World Series and a MLB championship in 2011.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Joplin tornado case uncovers workers' compensation embarrassment

Even though public pressure made the way for Joplin tornado hero, Mark Lindquist, to receive workers' compensation for his injuries, the insurance company could have denied his claim under Missouri law.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Obama deserves credit for vowing to bring soldiers home from Iraq

There is still talk between Iraqis and Americans about an ongoing military relationship and continued Iraqi training under U.S. or NATO auspices.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Stop giving farmers wasteful subsidies

Despite popular belief, the farm sector isn't on the edge of catastrophe. Farm income is expected to reach $115 billion this year, a record for the industry.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Electorate of 150 will decide if the rest of us pay a new sales tax

Only a handful of Columbia voters will have the opportunity to vote on a sales tax that will affect anyone that shops or dines downtown. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Public outrage secured insurance coverage for Joplin tornado survivor

Mark Lindquist put his life at risk to protect three residents at the group home he worked at the night of the Joplin tornado, May 22. The residents died and Lindquist was in a coma for seven weeks. His employer's insurance denied him workers' compensation at first, but now his medical expenses will be paid in full.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Homeless' plight a disgrace for thousands of Columbia's Christians

Jesus healed completely. He did not pay lip service with a tidbit here and a tidbit there. The homeless were not to be coddled all their lives. Christians in Columbia should share their time with others who are less fortunate.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri River needs room to roam

The attempt to contain the Missouri River is a factor in the 2011 floods in the Midwest. Now, the only solution is to stop trying to control the river and give it space to flow.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislators failed public, squandered special session

Missouri's 2011 legislative special session ended up being a bust because of disagreements within the House and Senate. Now, the legislatures must repair the damages they made.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Occupy Wall Street movement merits attention

The demonstrators who are occupying Wall Street and protesting on many main streets across the United States are crying out about America's unjust economy.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia should be snapping up food trends; what's stopping us?

Columbia has all the demographics for food trending, but experimental food places are few and far between.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Business owners pad pay while cheering low wages

Fears that hiking minimum wage will decrease job creation and hiring is unfounded. The 343 percent gap between CEO and their workers' pay in the U.S. is the largest in the world.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wildlife laws need to have more teeth

Wild animals, regardless of where they are, require special handling.