Guest Commentaries

J. KARL MILLER: Handicapping the 2012 election on the GOP front

There is no clear favorite Republican candidate to win GOP nod for the upcoming 2012 election.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Tolls the best way to fund highway projects in Missouri

Tolls or fuel taxes are the best options to pay for highways.

ROSE NOLEN: I always thought my friend Gloria had everything, but I was wrong

I’ve always wondered why some women are willing to pay money to look like someone else.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: How reasonable voices are obliterated by extremists in politics

People from both ends of the political spectrum have been expressing extreme ideas, and the seeming lack of reasonableness could lead to a difficult election season.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Thank you for shopping this holiday season

With more than 226 million people turning out to shop over the weekend, the economy got a bit of the boost it needs, the Springfield News-Leader says.

GEORGE KENNEDY: In Regency matter, winners had more money, louder voices

The council's 5-2 decision to rezone the Regency mobile home park for student housing caused an outcry among park residents and advocates, many of whom referred to the rezoning as a lesson in money politics.

J. KARL MILLER: MU revisits fraternity alcohol ban, diversity requirement — with mixed results

Legalizing alcohol consumption in fraternity houses by students of legal age makes sense, but adding a diversity requirement is not necessary.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Gifted programs are under siege; no child may be left to excel

Funding for schools was changed in 2005, and starting in the 2006-07 school year, gifted funding was combined with general funding for schools. Districts could allocate the money however they wished.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Kansas City airport outdated, no longer serves travelers

A concourse-style airport would end the current discomfort of relatively confined pre-boarding areas with limited rest room facilities for secured passengers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hey, Mercedes, why not relocate to Missouri?

Our state has many advantages over Alabama. We are the Show-Me State, not the "Show me your papers" state. Our legislature is hostile on the immigration issue, but not as hostile as Alabama's or Arizona's.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: One building at a time, Joplin is coming back

Every donation and every drop of sweat counts in the rebuilding. And don’t forget those more than 100,000 volunteers who have come to our community because they, like us, believe in Joplin.

DAVID ROSMAN: Regency decision put City Council between a rock and a hard place

The Columbia City Council debate over Regency mobile home park brought two issues to the surface: the inability of the city to regulate zoning codes and its failure to establish a workable long-term plan to develop affordable housing.

GENE ROBERTSON: Time well spent as a soldier for Occupy COMO

Gene Robertson talks about time spent as an activist abroad and how it feels to stand with the members of Occupy COMO.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The Fed’s easy-money, low-interest rate policy simply benefits the rich

Low interest rates and management by big banks have not helped the majority of working Americans.

SHORT TAKE: The brewery's genius for fuzzing it up

Anheuser-Busch's clever use of language doesn't reveal the fact that the new Bud Light Platinum beer has 43 percent more alcohol by volume than Bud Light and about 17 percent more than Budweiser.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Higher cigarette tax would improve health care, schools in Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon and legislative leaders should be leading the charge to raise the state cigarette tax. Researchers have estimated that smoking costs the state’s Medicaid system more than $600 million a year.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Improving I-70 is popular; tolls, not so much

Converting Interstate 70 into a toll road would create funds to rebuild the road but at what cost to the taxpayer?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Supporting our national motto is useless campaign tactic

With unemployment topping 9 percent, our lawmakers took time out to "reaffirm" "In God We Trust" as our official national motto with a 396-9 vote in House of Representatives.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: NBA dispute is absurd in context of the times

Owners and players should look out their tinted windows to get a sense of that themselves.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Supreme Court should resist political statement on health care

Opponents of the law contend that Congress went beyond its authority in the reform measure.