Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: If people paid the taxes they owe, the deficit crisis would vanish

According to an IRS estimate, Americans owed $450 million more in income taxes than they actually paid in tax year 2006. That could add up to $4.5 trillion over 10 years — more than what is required to bring federal deficits under control.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax Internet sales and correct fundamental inequity

A sales tax for online vendors could fix the unfairness putting local merchants at a disadvantage.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Right to work — a partial remedy

Federal labor law impinges on the rights of workers, employers and labor organizations.  The best way to ensure that these rights are no longer impinged is to abolish federal labor law. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Indistinct lines divide public service, campaign ads

Several state politicians coming up for re-election have appeared in public service announcements recently. It is up to voters to determine whether the politicians are communicating a worthwhile message or using tax dollars for personal gain.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Gubernatorial candidate Spence has troubling campaign oversight

Early campaign materials for Dave Spence, a Republican in the race for Missouri governor, listed incorrect educational information — and whether intentional or accidental, the error is inexcusable.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Court rightly OKs church protections

The ruling in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides broad implications for religious groups remaining free of government interference. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Business agenda not about creating jobs, but getting rid of them

Two bills going through the statehouse would not create jobs, but would hinder Missouri's economic climate.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Make GOP's primary count in Missouri

This year Missouri will only send 26 delegates to the Republican National Convention due to the legislature's inability to schedule the state primary on a date that meets RNC approval.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposed payday loan bills don't solve problem

Several Missouri senators are proposing legislation to change Missouri's payday lending laws.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A plea for just punishment, respectful reactions

Alyssa Bustamante's second-degree murder plea has stirred controversy, but people should be sensitive to the circumstances and remain respectful.

GUEST COMMENTARY: How liberty can fuel energy production

The truth is that we can tap energy sources while being good stewards of the air, water and other resources that make up our environment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Study offers room to negotiate on valuing good teachers

A Harvard study suggests that the earnings capacity for students in elementary and middle-school is affected by the quality of their teacher. Replacing one poor teacher with an average one could raise an entire classroom's earnings by $266,000 over their lifetimes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Prison becomes popular tourist destination

The Missouri State Penitentiary is becoming a popular tourist location.

GUEST COMMENTARY: South Carolina on my mind

New Hampshire is just a pit stop on the way to South Carolina. If the Republican primaries are this mean this early, it bodes ill for the civility we can expect in the general election in the fall.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Legislature should start the clock on giving urban schoolchildren hope

Missouri legislators are treating schoolchildren poorly by not generating a solution to fix the issues of struggling urban schools.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Highway fatalities drop again

The drop in traffic fatalities last year was the sixth consecutive yearly decline. Improved highway safety measures, improved vehicle safety and greater law enforcement has contributed to the decline.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Donald Rumsfeld, the architect of Obama defense strategy

Barack Obama's recently proposed strategy for resetting military priorities mirrors the ideas Donald Rumsfeld tried to implement.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Corrections reform proposal a start, but it doesn't go far enough

It's unfortunate that the best Missouri can hope for politically is significantly less than the reforms that passed nearly unanimously in nearby Kentucky.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Coping with another budget shortfall

Gov. Jay Nixon and state lawmakers begin a new year, and new session, facing yet another budget shortfall. An estimated $500 million gap will separate revenues and expenses projected for the coming budget year.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A session haunted by past and future

Initiatives by the Republican majority likely will be buffeted not only by past failures but by swelling partisanship in this election year. Expectations of accomplishments this session are low.