Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Food stamps help good people survive hardship

SNAP is a critical program that deserves full funding and bipartisan support. Statistics say why: One out of seven American households "struggle to put enough food on the table," according to Bread For the World, a major anti-hunger organization.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Becoming super-rich is getting easier

Taxes on income from capital and inheritance taxes are the only meaningful constraints on wealth accumulation by the super-rich. But these taxes have decreased in recent decades.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The year of Edward Snowden — criminal or hero?

Because of Edward Snowden, Americans know today that Big Brother is, in fact, watching.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: J-turn data reveals change for better

Drivers are still critical and expressed concerns about difficulty after the U-turn, insufficient U-turn radius to accommodate large vehicles, general driver uncertainty and improper use of acceleration and deceleration lanes.

GUEST COMMENTARY; In 2014, make a resolution to contain fossil fuels

Even though Congress hasn't addressed fossil fuels or climate change, citizens can still take action — with their investments. Consider selling stock in the 200 fossil-fuel companies and re-invest in clean energy companies.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Military gets a year to show progress on sexual assaults

Of 26,000 assaults last year, only 3,400 were reported, according to the Pentagon.

GUEST COMMENTARY: This low carb diet is good for you — and the planet

In 2014, try a low-carb diet. Not a low–carb(ohydrate) diet, but a low-carbon one. As in carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas causing the climate crisis.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Jazz masters taught lessons about freedom and purpose

Duke Ellington, Charlie "Bird" Parker and Charles Mingus added jazz and more jazz to the world. But their lessons also added the twist of finding out who you are and pursuing the freedom to keep exploring. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: The fight for control over our dinner tables

The driving ethic of the thriving “good food movement” rebuts the insistence that agriculture is nothing but a business.

GUEST COMMENTARY: In his own way, Pope Francis seeks forgiveness

The new Pope has stressed a less legalistic, rule-bound encounter with the faith, seeking always to forgive rather than to judge. In a remarkable interview with the Jesuit magazine America, he stressed that "we must always consider the person."

GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't get too eager for the end of 2013

The issues and conditions that have plagued this long year are not magically coming to an end on Jan. 1, 2014.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: America's middle class is stuck

Middle class prosperity is needed to grow the economy. So where are the solutions?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Kansas regents social media rules supress free speech

In giving university leaders the authority to discipline or terminate even tenured professors for vague, subjective offenses, the regents have set up a chilling environment that runs contrary to the ideal of academic freedom.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Make football safer by preventing concussions

Almost all the brains of former pro football players that were studied had a disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is caused by repeated head injuries and can lead to depression, dementia and suicide.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Iowa's Medicaid waiver should push Missouri GOP to act

Another of Missouri’s border states is a step closer to expanding Medicaid and reaping the economic benefit of billions of dollars flowing into its state.

GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. is losing sight of privacy

We're spying on foreign allies and gathering information on domestic household purchases. Has it all gone too far?

GUEST COMMENTARY: GOP quietly building Obamacare alternative

The time is right to move forward on a Republican alternative to the troubled health care scheme.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Separate pension systems in state hurt teachers

The Show-Me Institute hopes to find out what type of compensation arrangements would help schools improve teacher recruitment efforts and be appealing to teachers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sandy Hook anniversary: Too little action on treatment for mental illness

Mental illness cannot be treated cheaply. Missouri, Kansas and the federal government are not providing adequate resources for people with disorders.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: An exemplary Person of the Year

The humble and inspiring Pope Francis was a worthy choice for Time's Person of the Year.