Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama's tax deal will hurt Social Security

The tax deal ends the Making Work Pay program, which was targeted at the middle class, and replaces it with the Payroll Tax Holiday, which favors the rich. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Rational approach needed to fix Prop B

A reasonable solution is needed to address Missouri's puppy-mill problem while at the same time protecting ethical breeders.

GUEST COMMENTARY: As marriage fades, society suffers

The Pew Research Center reports that 40 percent of Americans think marriage is obsolete, but what could possibly replace it?

GUEST COMMENTARY: A few things to keep in mind about the WikiLeaks cables

The comminiques between diplomats can't be fully understood without knowing their historical context, the motivations of the writers and the motivations of the leakers.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reagan's approach needed to rescue New START arms-control deal

If ratified, the new treaty will reduce verification standards necessary to make sure arms reduction is happening.

GUEST COMMENTARY: A farmer's Christmas poem

St. Nick, he would tire without milk and a snack, but the reindeer must haul that fat elf and his pack.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The world is more complex than J. Karl Miller says

A Columbia resident writes that there is more to the story than what J. Karl Miller explains in his weekly columns.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Make sure to celebrate the Bill of Rights

This nation does an outstanding job of celebrating Independence Day, but too often loses sight of how the Bill of Rights guarantees our collective freedom.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Say thanks to those who made the First Amendment possible

“Thanks” to James Madison and others who found the right 45 words to declare for more than two centuries that government could not intrude on or deny our core freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Let will of voters stand; don't mess with Prop B

Legislators should respect the voice of the people and create no law that would nullify the Puppy Mill Prevention Act.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia should consider privatization of utilities

Columbia handles electric and water utilities for its residents, but after observing the way some other cities around the state handle them, it may be more beneficial to turn to private utilities.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Court decision erodes rights of divorced parents

Ron Murray lost his kids for four months and spent 36 days in jail for complying with a judicial custody order. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has no problem with that.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Save for your children's future with a MOST 529

Toys and games may be on the Christmas list, but a MOST 529 college savings plan helps parents save for their children's college education

GUEST COMMENTARY: Raising minimum wage important for economic recovery

Raising the minimum wage would increase purchasing power for the poorest Americans.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Fiscal reform committee's recomendations not likely to solve problems

The American people have made it plain that they don't want draconian sacrifice; they don't want any sacrifice at all. They want all the benefits due them (plus 10 percent) and they want someone else to pay for it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cheap meat hurts the overall economy

The shift in Congress following the midterm elections can significantly impact regulations in the 2008 farm bill and any repercussions on the meatpacking market.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Stable food prices something to be thankful for

In Missouri, the cost of an average Thanksgiving meal for 10 is actually down five cents from 2009.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri needs to increase cigarette tax

It is time to ask Missouri citizens who smoke to do their parts in helping us cover their expenses.

GUEST COMMENTARY: A moment less than sane before the Rally to Restore Sanity

After being escorted from the lobby of a hotel while she was waiting for a paying guest to meet her, a diversity pro describes being "blindsided" by the event and offers solutions for future difficult conversations.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cutting C-17 cargo plane program would hurt military and taxpayers

Cutting the program would waste money and could force 30,000 manufacturing workers out of their jobs. Refurbishing older aircraft would not help military or budgetary needs.