Guest Commentaries

GUEST COLUMN: Missouri landowners still not sold on elk plan

A recent meeting about reintroducing wild elk into parts of Missouri showed that landowners have unanswered questions and remain skeptical about whether they would benefit from the plan.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Prop B would improve lives of dogs

 Proposition B, which will be presented to voters on the November ballot, would put regulations into place that would encourage more humane treatment of dogs in large- scale breeding operations.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Fear threatens the land of the free

A reporter from Kenya takes a look from the outside, saying the U.S. boasts being the "land of the free," but American civil rights are clouded by fear.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Observing Ramadan takes dedication, commitment to God

Millions of Muslims are observing Ramadan, an important Islam holiday, which requires fasting from food, drink and sexual activity for an entire month.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why you should vote to ban Tasers

Tasers are simply too dangerous to be used as an effective law enforcement tool.

GUEST COLUMN: Last chance for America to be a clean energy leader

The Senate needs to advance the "oil spill bill" by amending the bill with a national Renewable Electricity Standard. The benefits would include helping the U.S. catch up with other countries in the switch to clean energy economies and reducing the dependence on imported fossil fuels.

GUEST COLUMN: It's not about puppies

I advocate for agriculture, believe in its practices  and know the referendum disguised to help pets is the first step for the Humane Society of the United States to get into Missouri with the ultimate goal of eliminating livestock production.

GUEST COLUMN: A complete fair experience

There are a lot of champion-grade livestock to see at the Missouri State Fair, but the real attractions are the 4-H and FFA exhibitors — they are the ones who care for the livestock.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We must embrace meaningful development of our youth

Young people have too few employment and education opportunities.

GUEST COLUMN: Social Security in danger

The tax cuts at issue provide $700 billion in unpaid revenue to the top 2 percent wealthiest Americans, and they don't come without a price to the rest of us.

GUEST COLUMN: Free high-performing public schools for every zip code could be possible

Allowing students in unaccredited school districts to move to accredited ones could create an education free-for-all in Missouri — unless significant reforms are made.

GUEST COLUMN: Health care reform ultimately helps Missourians

Though health care reform — especially the issue of the individual mandate — is a controversial subject, but it will help Missouri residents lead healthier lives.

GUEST COLUMN: 'Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act' would restrict responsible owners

A Missouri hobby breeder explains the proposed legislation and why it might harm dogs more than it helps them.

GUEST COMMENTARY: A look at what makes a leader

The more complex our lives, the more we believe we need leaders. And "leader" as a title is different from leadership as a practice.

GUEST COLUMN: Let the punishment for BP, its CEO fit the crime

BP was negligent in preparing its oil-spill response plan and has downplayed the impact of the oil spill. BP CEO Tony Hayward complains that he wants his life back, but neither he nor BP deserve any relief.

GUEST COMMENTARY: First step to the Gulf oil crisis is to stop the leak, not advance legislation

The second step is to figure out what happened and take the steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Critical thinking is necessary to handle our complex world

To reach our full potential, we must rigorously and creatively maximize our thinking in this multidimensional and evolving world.

DEAR READER: The Web and digital technologies are killing news organizations? That's a myth

Newspapers are finding ways to adapt to new technologies while maintaining their role as kings of original reporting.

GUEST COMMENTARY: American Power Act is good, but environmental protections needed

America has an opportunity to lead the way in a new clean-energy economy instead of falling behind other nations with similar plans.

DEAR READER: Newspapers not connected to their communities? That's just a myth

Journalism today is encouraging interactivity with community members, and newspapers benefit their communities by bringing awareness to corruption and secrecy in government.