Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Budgets need to match mental health awareness

Mental illness is hard to diagnose and hard to treat. No one ever argues that we need less access, but few in a position to make a difference have confronted the reality of just how hard it can be to get treatment.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Audit indicts the credibility of Missouri education agency

The audit is of a $385,000 contract awarded in 2013 to Indianapolis-based CEE-Trust to study the then-unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Army is flexible on tattoos

A policy restricting certain tattoos meant the loss of 2,500 enlistments this year, according to Maj. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Perry has brought himself, Texas to this juncture

Whatever the outcome of the criminal case against Gov. Rick Perry, the events that led to it are a reflection upon him and how he has chosen to govern.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Where are the answers in Brandon Ellingson's death?

Twelve weeks after the death of the Iowa man who drowned at Lake of the Ozarks, his family has not seen a final investigation report, or been told when it would be available.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Renewable fuels advance U.S. aims

St. Joseph boasts three facilities that produce renewable fuels, and there are two more just a few miles outside the city. Not only do these facilities provide local jobs, they give farmers in the region an additional market for their corn and soybeans.

GUEST COMMENTARY: No appetite for fixing school lunch

Making healthy food taste good will require a spending increase that's not on the table.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A 'generational event' demands a generational change from complacency

As the judicial process unfolds this fall, we’ll see Ferguson debated as part of the St. Louis County executive’s election. Ferguson could be, and should be, an object lesson in discussions about ending city-county fragmentation between now and 2016.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time to go big — it's time to rebuild Missouri

The state's top need, more than highways or business incentives is better funding for schools. Building a massive and powerful coalition between transportation and education constituencies is possible.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ferguson has a new sheriff in town, and it's about time

Now that the conflict in Ferguson is calming down, questions of how things got so bad need to be answered.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Start of schools signals change in traffic patterns

A new school year means students will be walking, biking and boarding buses — creating activity on and around roadways that motorists haven’t seen or encountered in months.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't like politics? Disengaging is no solution

A new Associated Press-GfK poll indicates Americans are frustrated by politics, and neither party is trusted much to manage government.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Shooting death in St. Louis and lack of due process

Perhaps the tragic death of Michael Brown will spur a little political will.


GUEST COMMENTARY: MoDOT vastly overstates its need for funding

If the federal government continues to maintain current support, Missouri officials only need to ensure that the state has matching funds for transportation needs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Well-meaning company's campaign sends women mixed messages

Ads for products targeted to women perpetuate the very lack of confidence that the new Pantene commercial tells us to fight. As we drive profits for companies like Proctor and Gamble, which makes Pantene, the shame and self-loathing we feel for our bodies is toxic to every part of our lives.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Protesters at Planned Parenthood help no one

Each time I work, I face a group of people on the sidewalk, just behind the “No Trespassing” signs, the ones put up to keep these people from approaching those using the health care services of the clinic. How much better their time and efforts would be if they were truly involved in those services that reach out to children in dire straits and needing homes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In Missouri, child care costs too much, delivers too little

In a perfect world, the state and the federal governments would help families by further subsidizing the cost of child care, by licensing facilities so a standard of care is established, and by regulating the quality of care.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't let Congress cut Medicare funds for in-home health care

A proposal to slash Medicare reimbursement rates could end up costing the government substantially more if in-home health care providers are forced to go out of business.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Voters want better ideas before funding transportation projects

The task for Mayor Sly James and city leaders now is to figure out how to make the funding for a streetcar extension palatable to more voters.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Election reveals continuation of disturbing trends

The indicators from Tuesday’s primary are more disturbing than encouraging. Issues defeated on both the state and county levels indicate government continues to suffer credibility problems.