Guest Commentaries

GUEST COLUMN: Let the punishment for BP, its CEO fit the crime

BP was negligent in preparing its oil-spill response plan and has downplayed the impact of the oil spill. BP CEO Tony Hayward complains that he wants his life back, but neither he nor BP deserve any relief.

GUEST COMMENTARY: First step to the Gulf oil crisis is to stop the leak, not advance legislation

The second step is to figure out what happened and take the steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Critical thinking is necessary to handle our complex world

To reach our full potential, we must rigorously and creatively maximize our thinking in this multidimensional and evolving world.

DEAR READER: The Web and digital technologies are killing news organizations? That's a myth

Newspapers are finding ways to adapt to new technologies while maintaining their role as kings of original reporting.

GUEST COMMENTARY: American Power Act is good, but environmental protections needed

America has an opportunity to lead the way in a new clean-energy economy instead of falling behind other nations with similar plans.

DEAR READER: Newspapers not connected to their communities? That's just a myth

Journalism today is encouraging interactivity with community members, and newspapers benefit their communities by bringing awareness to corruption and secrecy in government.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Honor Flights are not 'the same story every year'

Talk to any World War II veteran, and you'll find he or she has a story to tell. Unfortunately, the stories won't be around much longer unless journalists do the job of documenting them now.

DEAR READER: The myth of newspaper bias

There’s a lot of junk journalism out there, and it feeds the public’s sense that “the media” are high on agenda and low on ethics.

GUEST COMMENTARY: No need to change the Missouri Court Plan

Those who seek to change the plan have shown no evidence of corruption in the court system.

DEAR READER: Newspapers are still relevant

When relevance is calculated purely by numbers, there’s little doubt the newspaper industry – while smaller and less profitable than it once was – remains utterly relevant in the lives of many Americans.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Justice for the people should not be for sale

Skip Walther and others should not use their power in the Missouri Bar to influence judge selection.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri judicial plan isn't broke, let's not fix it

The Missouri Plan has kept politics out of the judicial branch since its adoption in 1940. Let's not change that now.

GUEST COMMENTARY: A redesigned hot dog might be more safe, but is it still a hot dog?

American Academy of Pediatrics is suggesting that hot dogs no longer be tubular in shape and think a redesign would help prevent choking accidents. The only way to actually prevent choking is to sit down and pace yourself while eating.

DEAR READER: Newspapers are hardly washed up

Advertising revenue and print circulation may be down, but reports that many newspapers would go out of business has been proven false.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Charter schools would help Missouri win federal funds

The U.S. Department of Education said Missouri needs to expand its charter school system and improve education reform plans to be a contender for grants.

GUEST COLUMN: Empowering the black powerless

Despite civil rights gains, the black community remains relatively impotent. Too many of the black beneficiaries of economic and political progress have squandered our legacy, resources and potency.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hard to understand the complacency that allowed Hitler's rise to power

Hatred is a passion and something that one feels and has an opinion about. The bigger question is how so many German citizens felt indifferently.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Trip to Holocaust Museum an uncomfortable but informing experience

The Holocaust Museum is an assault on one's senses, forcing visitors to confront images they might not want to while also informing and explaining how it occured.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Repeal estate tax to help farmers preserve the environment

If family members don’t have the money to pay the estate tax, there is probably a developer waiting for their call.

GUEST COMMENTARY: World Press Freedom Day necessary for nations without a free press

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day, which presents an opportunity to face the “powers that be” and declare a collective, unwavering commitment to protecting freedom of the press.