Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Financing a plan to rebuild Interstate 70 with tolls is innovative, sound

Tolls can be overused, but they represent a legitimate financing method for certain projects. Missouri’s de facto toll ban is counterproductive, and the innovative I-70 plan deserves serious consideration.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Not all taxes have to hurt

Millionaires, who rightfully are the target for paying more, want us to think that any changes in the tax code will mean that we'll all be paying more too.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The humbugs are already out to spoil Christmas

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Despite support, Joe Paterno let his fans down

No one — not the athletics director nor anyone else at the university — made meaningful attempts at investigating what might have happened between Jerry Sandusky and the boy.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Changes to stadium names should be tasteful

If the Chiefs and Royals pursue naming rights contracts for their stadium, they should try to avoid long, uninteresting names.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri doubles-down and joins the SEC

The Tigers' move to the Southeastern Conference will come with changes, challenges and costs in the short-term.

ROSE NOLEN: Let's be as smart as the tools we use

The government should take action to bring more attention to the dangers of texting and driving.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Public school whistle-blowers shouldn't face retaliation

After too many cases of cheating schemes in schools, it's time the U.S. Department of Education adopts a whistle-blowing protection system for school staff.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Federal government imposes absurd edict on lake property owners

The FERC requirement could require removal of nearly 4,000 structures along Ozark Lake shoreline, which frustrates lake area property owners.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Term limits decrease effectiveness of Missouri legislature

Some legislators have spoken of the harmful nature of term limits, which are said to cause problems including a lack of trust and experience in the legislature.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sinquefield’s plan to scrap state income tax is lose-lose for everyone

Proponents of the plan want to eliminate the tax source that brings in 65 percent of Missouri’s revenue.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: College costs crush the best and brightest

Many American students find themselves stuck between the dream of earning a college degree and the reality of paying for that education. Rising tuition costs and reduced government support of higher education have forced many students to turn to student loans. The biggest problem is paying for those loans. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Drowning in debt, college graduates need a life jacket

College graduates are ready to work, but they are consistently stymied by the significant loan debt they have accumulated. Congress is ignoring the issue, while President Obama is looking for solutions.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Share the Harvest shows hunters' generosity

In the Share the Harvest program, hunters and meat processors donate venison to food banks to be distributed to needy Missouri families. About 6,100 deer were processed through the program during the 2010 hunting season, adding up to more than 350,000 pounds of meat.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Having the world's largest incarceration rate is costly

The United States has the world's largest incarceration rate for many reasons. We should take a second look at some of them.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A simple comma could shift political power in Missouri

A judge will have to decide how to interpret the placement of a comma to determine whether or not Gov. Jay Nixon overstepped his constitutional boundaries.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Thanks, Cardinals, for an incredible baseball season

The Cardinals made an improbable run to the playoffs, the World Series and a MLB championship in 2011.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Joplin tornado case uncovers workers' compensation embarrassment

Even though public pressure made the way for Joplin tornado hero, Mark Lindquist, to receive workers' compensation for his injuries, the insurance company could have denied his claim under Missouri law.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Obama deserves credit for vowing to bring soldiers home from Iraq

There is still talk between Iraqis and Americans about an ongoing military relationship and continued Iraqi training under U.S. or NATO auspices.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Stop giving farmers wasteful subsidies

Despite popular belief, the farm sector isn't on the edge of catastrophe. Farm income is expected to reach $115 billion this year, a record for the industry.