Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Let will of voters stand; don't mess with Prop B

Legislators should respect the voice of the people and create no law that would nullify the Puppy Mill Prevention Act.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia should consider privatization of utilities

Columbia handles electric and water utilities for its residents, but after observing the way some other cities around the state handle them, it may be more beneficial to turn to private utilities.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Court decision erodes rights of divorced parents

Ron Murray lost his kids for four months and spent 36 days in jail for complying with a judicial custody order. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has no problem with that.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Save for your children's future with a MOST 529

Toys and games may be on the Christmas list, but a MOST 529 college savings plan helps parents save for their children's college education

GUEST COMMENTARY: Raising minimum wage important for economic recovery

Raising the minimum wage would increase purchasing power for the poorest Americans.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Fiscal reform committee's recomendations not likely to solve problems

The American people have made it plain that they don't want draconian sacrifice; they don't want any sacrifice at all. They want all the benefits due them (plus 10 percent) and they want someone else to pay for it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cheap meat hurts the overall economy

The shift in Congress following the midterm elections can significantly impact regulations in the 2008 farm bill and any repercussions on the meatpacking market.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Stable food prices something to be thankful for

In Missouri, the cost of an average Thanksgiving meal for 10 is actually down five cents from 2009.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri needs to increase cigarette tax

It is time to ask Missouri citizens who smoke to do their parts in helping us cover their expenses.

GUEST COMMENTARY: A moment less than sane before the Rally to Restore Sanity

After being escorted from the lobby of a hotel while she was waiting for a paying guest to meet her, a diversity pro describes being "blindsided" by the event and offers solutions for future difficult conversations.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cutting C-17 cargo plane program would hurt military and taxpayers

Cutting the program would waste money and could force 30,000 manufacturing workers out of their jobs. Refurbishing older aircraft would not help military or budgetary needs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: American Legion proud of veteran diversity

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day in the United States. The diverse population of veterans is something that one American Legion commander is proud of and happy to celebrate.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposition A is a statewide issue, not just a local issue

Proposition A has unearthed discussion across the state about whether voting on the issue of earnings taxes should be contained to local voters or extended to voters across the state.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama administration finally passes needed legislation

This administration and Congress finally were able to pass legislation ending discrimination against women, who will now be able to look forward to higher pay and move closer to equal pay for equal work. Thanks also are due for work on clean energy.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposition B not the right answer to problem

Proposition B is mainly known through Columbia as the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.” So why would a longtime trainer, exhibitor, local and national club member and instructor of dogs be against Proposition B?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposition A gives citizens right to control earnings taxes

A change in state law is the only way to make sure a local earnings tax doesn’t gain traction in your community.



GUEST COMMENTARY: Help stop bullying

Recent high-profile suicides of young gay and questioning men highlight the need to end bullying and harassment.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Releasing wild elk in Missouri is a bad idea

If elk are released in Missouri, expect injuries and vehicle damage on Missouri's highways.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Plan for elk restoration has gone well

The Missouri Conservation Commission advocates the reintroduction of elk to the state. The proposed plan includes 150 of the animals being placed in a southeast Missouri "restoration zone."

GUEST COMMENTARY: Honoring those who went the wrong way

Going the wrong way — whether on the football field or in the Atlantic Ocean — sometimes works out for the best.