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Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why the left should support a consumption tax

By eliminating the income tax, we would eliminate its compliance burden. By collecting sales taxes at the point of sale, we shift the limited remaining tax filing responsibility onto businesses.

GUEST COMMENTARY: St. Louis Midwest China Hub wrong for Missouri

A 330-page bill aims to grant $360 million in tax credits to create new business, but it's banking on chance and fails to take three major flaws into account.

GUEST COMMENTARY: State senate bill will hurt minority Missouri workers

The attempted passage of Senate Bill 188 is driven by big business and will let discrimination become a problem in the workplace.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'No dogs' good policy for Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary

The carefully restored nature sanctuary should exclude dogs, who can damage delicate habitats and scare off the native critters the park hopes to attract.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama's transparency proves cloudier than ever

Despite initial promises of openness, the Obama administration has set even more boundaries against a transparent government than previous presidents.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Legal community working to find solution for anonymous bloggers

While keeping free speech and free press rights in mind, professionals from the legal field are examining ways to unmask anonymous speakers who make libelous statements.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Payday Loans are money-saving credit for some

Eliminating Missouri's short-term loan industry would hurt the community and those who rely on the loans and borrow responsibly. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Predatory payday loan industry needs reform

Short-term payday loans have long-term effects on communities. They create a cycle of debt that is difficult to escape. 

Have something to say about the municipal election? Here's how to tell us

The Missourian is accepting letters to the editor and guest commentaries about the ballot issues and candidates until April 1.

GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. alone among Western democracies in protecting hate speech

The U.S. is an outlier when it comes to freedom of expression. Although we share other countries’ repugnance for hate speech, particularly the race- and religion-baiting variety, the First Amendment reflects a uniquely strong aversion to government censorship of any kind.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Programs use tax money to lobby against transparency

Organizations that receive taxpayer funding should be required to report who gets the money, how much they get and for what purpose it's spent on lobbying.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Outer space arms race posed for conflict

An MU peace studies professor argues for a weapons-free outer space. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri legislators continue to undo will of the people

Missouri legislators' tendency to ignore their constituencies is disturbing.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Building a new garage downtown — unnecessary and wasteful

The new parking garage downtown won't help us dig out of the hole we find ourselves in as tons of its spaces remain empty.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Better public transit will benefit Columbia

A Columbia group hopes to triple Columbia Transit's services within three years. This would lead to improvements in personal finance, public spending, health and fitness, economic development and the environment.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri's minimum wage should not be capped

Many lawmakers tell us that an increase in the minimum wage will discourage businesses from coming to Missouri, but service jobs have to stay where the customers are.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposed legislation will make voters cry in their beer

No matter how you dress up the quack economic theory of the beer distributors, it is still quack economic theory.

GUEST COMMENTARY: History shows redistricting will bring problems

The 2010 census results are costing Missouri a congressional seat. That could mean a crisis like those in 1981, 1971 and especially 1931. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri's need for organ donors remains critical

The national lack of organ donors continues to spur changes in legislation. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Initiative petitions in jeopardy

State Sen. Jolie Justus aims to change initiative petition laws, which allow residents to petition for laws and amendments to be on the state ballot.

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