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Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wildlife laws need to have more teeth

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

GUEST COMMENTARY: Death of Gadhafi is satisfying end to reign of terror

Even though people are skeptical about America's intervention in Libya, as long as we are not putting our troops at risk, the ending will justify the president's decision.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nation turns its lonely eyes to MLB tobacco chewers

Major League Baseball wants to ban smokeless tobacco, which used to be available free in big-league clubhouses. But the players union thinks it is a matter of individual choice.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate should correct old discrimination practices against Jewish soldiers

The U.S. Senate should pass the William Shemin World War I Veterans Act, which would correct past discriminatory practices against Jewish soldiers, allowing for them to potentially receive the Medal of Honor.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Violent arrest at football game deserves penalty call

The tactics used to subdue a misbehaving fan at Saturday's game far exceeded what was necessary.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The St. Louis Cardinals have become almost everybody's team

The Cardinals are a team that everyone can root for.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Disunity of federal and state law threatens equal justice

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court docket has increased, fewer and cases about federal and state law conflicts are heard by the justices. This creates a hole in the system's motto, "Equal Justice Under Law" for the American people.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Prop B compromise appears to be working

Senate Bill 161, a revision of Proposition B, seems to be helping Missouri eliminate its status as the Puppy Mill Capital of America.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't settle for a meaningless, costly primary

Canceling the Missouri presidential primary scheduled for February would save the state $6-$8 million.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Give Missouri a shot at a real presidential primary

The Missouri Legislature is considering canceling its presidential primary, currently scheduled for Feb. 7.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Long-range acoustic devices have purpose, place, policy

LRAD is a long-range communications system used to broadcast information, instructions and warnings. It allows law enforcement to communicate in outdoor venues to large crowds. While they can broadcast very loudly, personnel that use them are trained on how to properly use the device.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Occupy Wall Street needs a sharper focus

The Occupy Wall Street movements are spreading rapidly across the country, but the movement needs to avoid organizational chaos in order to gain validity.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Occupy Wall Street does have a message

Those asking for a clear message from the Occupy Wall Street campaign that has swept the nation over the past three weeks are just trying to ignore the validity of the movement.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislators, do something or go home

Since getting started in early September, Missouri’s special session has come to resemble a jalopy lurching down a highway, sputtering at every curve.

GUEST COMMENTARY: What have they done with Ron Paul?

No matter how well he might perform in the polls or at fundraising, he's largely a nonperson in the press.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: MoDOT cuts costs, adds J-turns, tests anti-smog roads

MoDOT has saved $177 million toward its goal of saving $512 million and plans to open J-turns on U.S. 54 in Cole County. The agency also will test smog-absorbing concrete on Missouri 141 in St. Louis County.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Free the college football market

College football powerhouses should stop kidding themselves about academic ideals, and athletes should be fairly compensated for their play.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Wendy's spent millions on a burger that can't compare to a backyard cookout

Years of testing and experiments have resulted in a burger that can't stand up to those served up at blue-collar barbeques.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Celebrate decrease in state traffic deaths

In 2005, 1,257 people died on Missouri highways. So far this year, there have been 527 fatal accidents. MoDOT attributes the decline to improvements to roads and signs, and driver education.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Republicans lack leadership in legislature over jobs bill

If the jobs bill fails, at this point, it's entirely a Republican political failure. Because it doesn't have a 2012 gubernatorial candidate to rally behind, the party lacks the unifying political force needed to pass the jobs bill.

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