Guest Commentaries

STEVE SPELLMAN: A powder keg like Ferguson could happen almost anywhere

 Much has been said about racism, poverty, police aggression, the breakdown of law and order, but there's more at work here.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislature can raise fuel tax with a public vote

Using 1 percent of previous state revenue as a cap, the legislature can collect an additional $84 million or so in fuel taxes next year, writes Joseph Miller, a policy researcher at the Show-Me Institute.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hungry children live and starve close to home

While the logic of not wasting food might escape many 5-year-olds, the worry about wasted food is a real one. Food currently comprises 20 percent of what we put into landfills.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: State workers need a raise before lawmakers do

The case against the pay increases rests on two arguments — one based on comparative fairness, the other on the principle of public service.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Thankful for transparency in Missouri

Missouri is doing OK in regard to the government data it provides citizens. The Missouri Accountability Portal, began in 2009, helps keep citizens informed about how money is being spent.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Race. Let's start talking about it

More than a century after Emancipation, progress has occurred grudgingly, mostly because of courts, federal intervention and activists who wouldn't go away. What didn't happen was economic equality.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: America needs solid new defense secretary

America needs better from its leaders as the Obama administration looks for its fourth Defense secretary in six years. There is too much danger in the world.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Retail workers should get to enjoy Thanksgiving, not be forced to work it

Our capitalist craze to get the best deals has spawned a new shopping holiday: Grey Thursday. Or, as it's more commonly known, Thanksgiving Day. People choosing to go shopping on a national holiday is one thing. Retail employees being forced to work it is another.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why CEOs earn salaries bigger than company taxes

Last year, 29 of the 100 highest-paid CEOs made more in personal compensation than their companies paid in federal income taxes.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The poor and hungry look a lot like you and me

Despite moral-high-horse predictions, when Florida tested welfare recipients for drugs, only 2.6 percent tested positive — far less than the 8 percent of Floridians overall who use illegal drugs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress needs to finish job of immigration reform

President Obama's executive action is not enough to fix our country's broken immigration system.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Latest sign world is slightly off-balance — cat cafes

Cat cafes, which started in Taiwan and Japan, are coffee shops where you can go to play with cats while you enjoy a hot beverage.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Americans just don't want to eat azodicarbonamide and calcium sulfate dihydrate

Consumers must not panic about multisyllabic ingredients that will have less of an effect on their health than the fats and sugars they consume, but they must also be aware of misleading marketing.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Instead of pointing fingers at Ginny Chadwick, look at City Hall

Local government is a darn hard job. Ginny Chadwick should know, too, that a public servant can never communicate enough.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Health care act has one key purpose: affordable insurance

Four conservative Supreme Court justices will decide if the Affordable Care Act's subsidies are legal.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Follow the leader and consider taxes on soda

The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than six teaspoons of these sugars per day and urges men to limit themselves to nine. Yet the average American consumes 7.5 teaspoons a day just from sugary drinks alone.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pay attention to winter weather warnings

In preparation for winter, advisories have been prepared by the State Emergency Management Agency, Missouri Department of Transportation, the Missouri Highway Patrol and the U.S. Postal Service.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislature must adopt a Ferguson agenda

The 2015 legislative session must be different. The post-Ferguson landscape demands it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Democrats paid heavily for their political failures

The Democratic Party is a collection of political strands that pull in one direction and push in the other.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Loretta Lynch should be confirmed promptly

Lynch deserves prompt confirmation as the next attorney general because a prolonged delay could open the door for political mischief and leave the Justice Department uncertain about its next boss.