Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: World Press Freedom Day necessary for nations without a free press

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day, which presents an opportunity to face the “powers that be” and declare a collective, unwavering commitment to protecting freedom of the press.

GUEST COLUMNIST: Muslims should be challenging instances of Islamophobia

Educated people all around the world see Muslims as nothing more than terrorists. This is made obvious through offensive depictions of the prophet Mohammed that are made to be laughed at. If no one speaks up against Islamophobia, the future will only hold more misery for the next generation of Muslims.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Bipartisanship helps secure funds to improve Ellis Fischel, fight cancer

The next step is convincing Gov. Jay Nixon that funding the center has long-term benefits.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why not vote on payday loan reform?

Payday loans have begun to run wild in Missouri, yet there has been no vote or effort to protect the citizens.

GUEST COLUMN: Getting financial reform right

Financial reform needs to be done well and with a focus on small communitities. If the bill is passed the way it is written now, credit will be less available for consumers and small businesses and non-banks will lack protection.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Accountability is a dynamic element of citizenship

We must stop being inactive and begin to hold our leaders accountable.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Policy formation enhances government

Columbia City Council makes its policy on an ad hoc basis with little record of actions taken by the council.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Higher taxes, greater government spending undermine economic growth

Stimulus spending may not prove to be very stimulating. According to a recent study, only spending on highly demanded government services appears to boost growth.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 2010 Census: Be heard, be counted

With the 2010 Census forms arriving in households this month, the Columbia/Boone County Complete Count Alliance is encouraging community participation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Video games aren't just for kids

Video games can tell a story just as powerful as a movie or book. With the average age of a gamer in the U.S. at 35, video games are becoming more emotionally intense.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cotton ballers tried to degrade African-Americans

The cotton ball incident was not just vandalism. It was a hate crime.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Ten facts about the proposed bond issue for Columbia Public Schools

Jan Mees, president of the Columbia School Board, says supporting the bond issue will help students in school now and set the stage for future growth.

GUEST COMMENTARY: How to fix our city government

As a candidate for mayor of Columbia, Sid Sullivan lays out the problems of Columbia and what he can do to fix them.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cotton balls at Black Culture Center show racism still very much alive at MU

While protesting or rioting might not be neccessary, a serious conversation needs to take place about racism at MU.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why you should fill out your Census form

Not filling out a Census form is the equivalent of your local community losing $1,500.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Let voters decide on bond issue for higher education

The Missouri business community must speak up for Missouri to allow a bond issue for higher education imporvements to pass. A similar issue was proven successful in the past, and currently, Missouri needs the jobs. State legislators must put the needs of Missourians before politics.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why I declined to be interviewed by Hank Waters

For several reasons, many based on personal experience, an invitiation to sit down for an endorsement interview with the Columbia Daily Tribune was declined.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri businesses, research universities must unite for better quality of life

The Missouri Regional Life Sciences Summit in Kansas City can provide the opportunity for Kansas and Missouri to be leaders in health innovation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Limitations on charter schools hurts Missouri in 'Race to the Top'

Missouri's bid to win nearly $750 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education's "Race to the Top" program suffers from a geographical cap on its charter schools.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Nixon must restore funding to Parents as Teachers

The budget cut to the organization Parents as Teachers hurts a group that works with parents of children from pregnancy to 5 years of age.  Restoring funding to this invaluable group is something Gov. Nixon must address at once.