Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Fast friendship grows over Twitter, Skype and 'Fallout 3'

In this age of technology, meeting some of your best friends via Twitter or online video games isn't so rare because of the ability to easily find people who are interested in similar things as you.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Research universities are key asset in future economic growth

Research universities and broadband networks offer us an opportunity to build on our strengths and move our nation forward.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Laws that ban texting and driving must be enforced

While many potential distractions exist while driving, new Kansas laws deal with one of the most dangerous — texting while driving. However, to be truly effective, these laws must also be enforced.   

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tornado leads to identification of rural shelters

Jasper County Emergency Services dispatchers are collecting locations of rural storm shelters to alert emergency responders during a natural disaster or emergency.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: IBM's 'Jeopardy' computer puts on a white coat

WellPoint Inc., the largest health benefits company in the nation, will be using the supercomputer "Watson" to help decide on treatment possibilities faster than ever.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ignore the detractors, health care reform is helping Americans

Irrationality continues to infect health care discussions, even as the Affordable Care Act is showing positive results.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Millions can't get work precisely because they're out of work

Discriminating against the unemployed when it comes to hiring is currently legal, but it may not be for much longer.

GUEST COMMENTARY: USDA Rural Development helps rebuild rural infrastructure in Missouri

In a time where many Americans are unemployed or underemployed, one key to recovery lies within rural America. USDA Rural Development is one organization that works to improve the economy of rural areas. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Stop politicking and start creating jobs

The nation's poverty rate is at its highest point since 1993 and jobs need to be created, but for this to happen, politicians need to transfer their focus from elections to creating these jobs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sugar is sugar, despite feud over renaming corn syrup

No matter the name we give it, sugar is unhealthy for Americans.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lawmakers should stand up for Social Security

Rick Perry and other lawmakers' attacks on the Social Security program ignore the original intent of the legislation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: CEOs are routinely rewarded for tax-dodging gymnastics

CEOs of major U.S. companies are avoiding U.S. taxes by putting profits into offshore tax havens.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Woman fired for backing a union

Officially, former Target employee Tashawna Green was fired for acting "in an overly hostile, disruptive manner." But Green is filing charges, saying Target illegally punished her for engaging in activism.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Without investing in higher education, Missouri will flounder

According to figures from 2009, only 24.6 percent of Missouri residents 25 or younger have college degrees.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Collateral damage from 9/11 includes unresolved feelings

After losing his brother-in-law in the Sept. 11 attacks, Samuel Cohen has quite a few feelings about the attacks, as do so many Americans.  The key, he says, is working through these feelings and talking about them with those around us. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: American abroad during 9/11 feels camaraderie in Prague, distance at home

As an American editor at a Prague business journal, Katherine Reed received support and felt free to talk about her feelings about 9/11. When she came home for Christmas, she found few who wanted to talk about it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Sept. 11 expanded my world and my family

The tragic date of Sept. 11 is also the anniversary of a happy addition to this family.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Exploitation of collegiate athletes bringing in the big bucks

Spending on collegiate sports grew by nearly 40 percent from 2005 to 2008.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Awaiting Obama's jobs speech: Will it harness the American spirit?

President Obama and Republic lawmakers need to provide a new narrative for the American people, one that speaks to their concerns and aspirations.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Apple's Steve Jobs is brilliant, but no Henry Ford

Steve Jobs' leadership at Apple helped transform the world as we know it today. Even so, comparisons to Henry Ford are a bit much.