Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 45 NFL seasons and 16 coaches. Is it something we said?

The latest football coach to be handed his hat was Steve Spagnuolo, whose teams managed to win only 10 games in his three seasons

GUEST COMMENTARY: Should Missouri add tolls to Interstate 70?

The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced plans to make Interstate 70 a toll road to fund renovations. Without tolls, MoDOT officials say they would have to increase the gas tax 15 cents per gallon, almost doubling Missouri’s current tax of 17 cents per gallon.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Say goodbye to Iowa and hello to Missouri in 2016

A rotating regional primary system would better serve the nation and better reflect the population.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't expect much out of 2012 Missouri legislature

The so-called "Blueprint for Missouri," the agenda of the Republicans who lead the House with an overwhelming majority, is underwhelming to say the least. Were the actual goal to build a better state, it would be a blueprint for collapse.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 2011 was a year of surprises politically

Presdident Barack Obama, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain contributed to rare moments of surprise in 2011. Alas.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Education cuts are not the solution

Children should be getting more quality instructional time, not less, to prepare to compete in the rapidly globalizing economy. Instead they're being held back and provided fewer school days and hours by stopgap solutions to budget problems they didn't cause.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Welcome progress on U.S. fuel efficiency

Several notable events in 2011 showed it's time for Americans to change at least some of their old ways of thinking about oil.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Economy trends upward as year begins

In this election year, the economy will be a topic of much discussion and debate. Candidates will take credit for each upswing and criticize opponents for each downturn. But no candidate or elected official can single-handedly spark an economic boom.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislature faces a trying, contentious session

As the General Assembly session's opening nears, House and Senate leaders have yet to resolve their bitter differences over economic development legislation.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Iowa caucuses serve no political purpose whatsoever

The Iowa caucuses are the oddest oddball of the political year. They have virtually no predictive value. Historically, they are as apt to choose a loser as a winner.