Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Economy seems to be thriving. Thanks Mr. Obama

The gross domestic product, the key measure of the size of the economy, grew 5 percent in the third quarter, confirming that the nation’s economy is rapidly expanding.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: How Kansas blew a $279 million hole in its budget

Just a few years ago, Missouri legislators were heralding Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's aggressive tax-cutting agenda. Now he's scrambling to keep the state running.

DEAR READER: Missourian writer takes a turn at stand-up comedy

Joke possibilities sometimes pop into my head while I am lying in bed, trying to fall asleep. I have an iPhone notes document filled with roughly two-dozen premises and possible punch lines. But they’re farther from being game-ready than they appear.


GUEST COLUMN: Living with anxiety has taught me compassion

A Missourian staff member shares her personal journey with obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't pay for more preschools when enough already exist

Research on the benefits of early childhood education has yielded mixed results. Even those studies showing significant benefits of preschool expansion touted by Gov. Jay Nixon as “proven” are subject to criticism.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Treat your Christmas tree as a fire hazard

The National Fire Protection Association reports, between 2003 and 2006, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 240 house fires each year that started with Christmas trees.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Dismal record for 113th Congress does have bright spots

A one-day delay on the budget vote allowed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid time to hold votes on dozens and dozens of Obama appointees. The U.S. government now has a surgeon general to deal with Ebola and public health issues.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Fighting over scraps for higher education in Missouri

At issue is how a Republican-controlled legislature and Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, have failed to adequately fund higher education in Missouri. The promise of a good education for a deserving student at a state college has been undermined.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Holiday guide to responsible, fair-trade sources of gifts

Customers should avoid holiday gifts made by modern-day slaves.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Brouhaha over Jesus Fish seems trivial, given world concerns

This year, we have our own local controversy, over an ichthus, or “Jesus fish,” on the Boone County courthouse square — and just in time for the holidays!

GUEST COMMENTARY: Ways to stop mindless spending and giving

When people find gifts that uniquely symbolize their friendship or their gratitude for one another, that’s touching. It’s what gift-giving should be.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ferguson Commission faces steep challenge but seems up to the task

Building trust with people on the ground so they will ultimately have respect for the Ferguson Commission’s recommendations involves letting the people vent.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Two ways to improve roads in Missouri

Here are two ways to make smart decisions to improve highways and streets: Increase the federal gasoline tax and study the use of tolls on selected Missouri highways.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Remember Sandy Hook with sensible gun laws

As he checks items off his to-do list, President Obama should remember the 20 children shot to pieces in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14 two years ago.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Other states follow Missouri lead in looking to cut income taxes

Iowa is not the only border state looking to make income tax changes. In neighboring Nebraska, legislators are exploring a round of tax cuts of their own that would also chop the state’s tax on incomes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Eliminating comments can turn conversation toward civility

The St-Louis Post-Dispatch explains why it is removing comment sections from editorials to foster better conversation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: U.S. must admit wrongs found in torture report

A report released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reveals "enhanced interrogation techniques" being used in the name of national defense.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislative reform needed at state, federal levels

The last time the U.S. Congress' approval rating was above 30 percent was in 2009. It hasn't topped 50 percent in the past decade. Missouri's legislature isn't far behind when it comes to poor leadership and ethical failures. So what needs to change before our elected officials become effective again?

GUEST COMMENTARY: How employers overwork without overtime

There used to be a big distinction between hourly and salaried employees. That wasn’t by accident.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: O'Fallon gets serious about distracted driving

O'Fallon City Council passes a law that bans texting-while-driving for everyone.