Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: One genetically engineered crop doesn't change root causes of poverty

By focusing on the real, underlying problems instead of a narrowly defined nutrient deficiency, countless numbers of people could have enjoyed a higher standard of living.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tornado sirens may save your life — heed them

It's important to remember that while we receive more warnings than damage, that doesn't mean we're immune to mother nature's destruction.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: MU professors explain disinterest in public office

Among the reasons cited are political calculation, money issues, prospects for advancing to higher office and the notion of public service.

GUEST COMMENTARY: To balance the budget, close the 'Paris Hilton' loophole

Estate taxes have historically raised substantial revenue from Americans with the greatest capacity to pay. The tax is a levy on inheritances that multi-millionaires and billionaires leave behind when they pass away.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Limits lifted on campaign contributions serve only the rich

The more conservative members ruled in a 5-4 decision last week that decades-old limits on the amounts any individual can contribute to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle is no more.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: When Subway footlongs come up short

Lawsuits like this one undermine legal efforts to redress serious grievances.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Legislature takes the 'Show Me' out of Missouri

Missouri senators ignored signs that Kansas' tax-cut approach isn't working and passed a bill that would cut taxes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Bold gay marriage ruling seems unexceptional today

In 2009, Iowa became the first state in the nation to reverse such a same-sex marriage ban, paving the way for legal same-sex marriage. Now, 17 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage by court rulings, by statute or by popular votes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Debate about climate change is essentially over

Developing effective ways to adapt is a worthwhile step while the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere continues to rise.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The U.S. has limited options in the Russia-Ukraine arena

The U.S. must continue to rally the Europeans to stand together against Putin's dream of rebuilding the lost Soviet empire.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hobby Lobby should not impose religious beliefs on its employees

Religious freedom is an individual right, not an employer choice. A firm run by executives with deep religious convictions is not the same as a church or religious nonprofit organization.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Believe it or not, Shell Oil really gets it

The world's seventh-largest oil company gets that unless things change quickly, another big financial market bubble has the potential to bring people to their knees.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Overseas tax loopholes hurt local business

Lots of money is being handed to multinational companies in overseas tax subsidies and loopholes. Conservative estimates put the total loss at $100 billion a year.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Revision of the state's criminal code is highest priority

The governor's office points out that the proposed legislation of more than 1,100 pages is simply too much in one bill. He would prefer that it be broken down into more manageable pieces.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: KCI airport may need upgrades, but not an overhaul

The current setup for security at Kansas City Airport isn't inefficient. Passenger wait times at screening checkpoints average 10 minutes and likely would not change with a new terminal.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Is it really worth filling up a landfill to avoid making your own coffee?

While it’s easy to make fun of Americans’ drive to save time in the kitchen, there’s nothing inherently wrong with it. In fact, sometimes time-saving steps constitute efficiency and ingenuity, not laziness.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: MU still dragging its feet on sex-assault policy

The university says it is concerned that students might feel less inclined to seek help because of the Title IX reporting requirement. It is shameful that the state university system’s crown jewel is still wringing its hands about the matter.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri needs to further address its freight problems

Managing freight transport is essential to Missouri's continued growth. The more growth, the bigger the problem of moving loads efficiently.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Funding public education has always been the American way

At the founding of this nation, the Framers of the Constitution believed in publicly educating our children. To argue against adequately funding our schools rejects Adams and Jefferson and Franklin.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Advanced Placement rush puts more students at risk of failure

Too many unprepared students are being placed in Advanced Placement classes and forced to take the exams. The problem is that some states have become so caught up in the hype to push AP that they now routinely have more than 50 percent exam failures, based on tests actually taken.