Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Floodgates open for Missouri ballot initiatives in 2012

The willingness of politicians to trample over a public vote remains a disturbing legacy of this year. The secretary of state has approved 32 petitions dealing with 13 issues for circulation for the November 2012 elections.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: FAA needs to move faster on rules for commercial pilots

Common sense says the FAA should do its part to keep exhausted pilots out of the cockpit.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's wise to limit visual access in Bustamante trial

The trial likely will create a media event rarely experienced in Cole County.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Resolve to keep science experiments off your table in 2012

The variety and volume of engineered crops have steadily increased over the past 15 years, despite the lack of independent research on their long-term effects on human health and the environment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gifts Missouri politicans should return

For the politicians involved, at least, these missteps and misstatements would have been better left unwrapped.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Private Medicare plans have been a disaster

A plan to cut Medicare costs released by Sen Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is being celebrated by some as bipartisan success. Actually, it is proof that even a Democrat and Republican working together can chart a dangerous course for future retirees.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hazing cannot be ignored or tolerated

Any reasonable person must admit that our men and women in uniform have not only the duty to protect the rest of us but also a fierce obligation to protect one another.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's give a shout out to Food Bank volunteers

One donated hour at a time, dedicated volunteers are working to alleviate hunger among those in need.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Move your money to a better bank

When you pull your money out of your mega-bank and start banking with community development financial institutions, your old bank will hear your voice even louder and clearer than if you were standing on Wall Street with a bullhorn.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A crackling fire can be cozy — or dangerous

Follow these precautions from the U.S. Fire Association to avoid a home fire during this holiday season.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Do us all a favor: Get a flu shot

Protect yourself and those around you by getting a flu shot this year.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon's latest funding gambit deserves an 'F'

Gov. Jay Nixon is floating the idea of borrowing from the state's public universities to cover a budget shortfall, but that assumes that the universities are flush with cash.

GUEST COMMENTARY: To each his own when celebrating Christmas

My Christmas is essentially the Christmas of Charles Dickens. It's a Christmas of family, goodwill, compassion, and presents — lots of presents.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Higher education should not lose in budget again

Despite lofty rhetoric from governors and lawmakers about how education is vital to economic development, Missouri remains near the bottom in terms of taxpayer support of higher education.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time to really clamp down on texting while driving

Like drunken driving, distracted driving is nothing new. A more recent addition, however, is the use of cellular telephones — including the practice of texting while driving.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wanted: College president. No experience required

How do you explain the selection of a former software executive with no significant academic credentials as the leader of a four-campus university system?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't ban cellphones in vehicles — yet

Proposed restrictions on cell phone use make sense, but they might go too far to be widely accepted by the public. Our lawmakers could be doing more than they are now to make our highways safer, though.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Shrouding presidential search in secrecy is bad policy for Missouri

Secrecy surrounded the selection of Timothy Wolfe as the UM System president. Did that mystery ensure a better choice was made? We'll never know.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate blocks new consumer bureau chief, and everyone loses

The financial industry, that is trying desperately to avoid being held accountable to its customers received a big win after the Senate voted down the confirmation of Richard Cordray, the nominee to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The 10 greediest Americans of 2011

Labor journalist Sam Pizzigati breaks down the 10 most ruthless, self-absorbed and insensitive Americans of 2011.