Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Separating myths and facts regarding Prop B

Proposition B passed in November, but the debate around the legislation is far from over.

GUEST COMMENTARY: West Broadway decisions the worst of 2010

An earlier column by George Kennedy failed to point out that all Columbia citizens will end up paying to widen Broadway between Garth Avenue and West Boulevard.

COLUMN: Future depends on ability to have difficult dialogues with civility

Regardless of whether the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is related to the increasingly heated political discourse of the past few years, the United States needs to address some serious problems.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Halt Rick Clay's execution and review his case

Gov. Nixon needs to order a stay of execution for Rick Clay so that investigators can examine evidence that was withheld by the prosecution.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Going mad for mincemeat pie

Too much sugar at Christmas has created an addict.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cutting public media a reckless notion

More than ever before, we need independent, influence-free journalism — free of commercial influence, political influence and government influence. We should invest more, not less, to get it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: For Farm Bureau, new year suggestions turn into policies

It's a hallmark of the organization to consider every resolution offered by its membership and then to revise policy booklets to reflect the decisions. 

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The Pew Research Center reports that 40 percent of Americans think marriage is obsolete, but what could possibly replace it?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