Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's box turtle season: Keep a lookout on roadways

Turtles are struck by cars throughout the warm months, but they are at special risk at this time of year, when they are moving around looking for mates and establishing home ranges.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Unruly Medicaid rally was an ineffective way to lobby

An estimated 300 group members, including area pastors, participated in a rally at the Capitol to encourage Medicare expansion. Their voices expressed both passion and frustration.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax cut isn't disaster predicted by the governor

The tax measure that will now become law over Gov. Jay Nixon's veto is not anything like the deep tax cut plan enacted in Kansas. It is markedly less ambitious than the plan offered a year ago in Missouri.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Discover nature and feed your spirit

Studies now show that spending time in nature — with or without exercise — provides cognitive and psychological benefits.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Aliens and Flight 370 — dumbest. poll. ever.

CNN poll indicates that 46 percent of Americans think that officials are looking for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane in the wrong place.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Travel drives economic engine and pays off in personal ways, too

Not only can traveling help relax and soothe the mind, but it can also help heal the battered economy.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Quarrel with a neighbor? Try a conversation

Sometimes, we all need to cut our neighbors some slack. Those Christmas decorations may look stupid on their front door in July, but they aren’t hurting me. I’ll deal with it.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Override Nixon's veto of the income tax cut

The Jefferson City News Tribune editorial board believes the measure provides sufficient safeguards for government operations and programs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Government holds two positions on press freedom

The U.S. government was speaking out of one side of its mouth in the State Department; meanwhile, the Justice Department had filed court documents urging the Supreme Court to refuse to hear journalsit James Risen's petition on his reporter's privilege case.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pull the plug on Missouri's killing machine

Public polling still shows a majority of Americans (though a decreasing one) support using the ultimate punishment.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's time to make Putin sweat a little

If President Obama hopes to deter the Russian prime minister's recent aggression in Ukraine, he needs to hit Putin where it will truly hurt — his purse. The U.S. can maintain its position of global power only through robust economic sanctions against aggressor nations.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: College campuses must be assault-free zones

McCaskill’s survey of colleges and universities is specifically focused on how rapes and sexual assaults are reported and investigated and how students are notified about the services that are available to them.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Israel-Palestine agreement proves elusive

The breakdown in the negotiations is frustrating, but it doesn't follow that Kerry has squandered his time or his prestige during nine months of diplomacy.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The high price of cheap chicken

Chicken is cheaper from a poultry plant than a local farmer. The difference is not only in the economics of scale, but also in the way birds are slaughtered.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Progress on Pre-K funding in legislature, but heavy lifting remains

Funding schools isn’t easy in a state that produces the sixth-lowest tax revenue per capita in the country. But it’s also the second priority lawmakers signed up for when they agreed to uphold the state constitution. First is paying debts.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Citizens group must make the case for a better KCI

The terminal advisory group's report needs to be detailed enough to spell out what travelers would get for the admittedly significant amounts of money — raised from passengers, not taxpayers — necessary to upgrade the airport for the next 40 years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Easing Missouri helmet law is, again, a bad idea

Taxpayers have an interest in this proposal because they will help pay for injuries suffered by riders without helmets.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Football players should not be treated as amateurs

Scholarship athletes on the Northwestern University football team participated in an election to determine whether they will unionize. The results won't be immediate, but could mean better compensation for college athletes in the future.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax cut hyperbole - ‘Crippling impact’ or ‘scare tactic’?

If the proposed tax cut wins approval and the provision is challenged, the courts will decide which legal opinion prevails.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's tax strategy: Give to the rich and take from the poor

There is no credible evidence that broad-based income tax cuts would benefit the state economy, and the cuts contemplated would make it harder to invest in schools and services.