Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's time to end Taser use in Columbia

After two local incidents involving Tasers, in which one resulted in the death of Stanley Harlan, it's finally time to rid Columbia of Tasers.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Forsee, Cerner partnership railroaded through at lightning speed

Cooperating with Cerner ties the university too closely to a company with a questionable track record.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress should give public a chance to read bills in advance

Major bills should be open to public review prior to being voted on in the House of Representatives.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Gender politics play out in Caster Semenya controversy

The newly discovered intersex anatomy of South African runner Caster Semenya opens up a floodgate of critique, some deeply rooted in gender prejudice.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Our hand to play is our challenge

GUEST COMMENTARY: Catholic principles should be applied to health care reform

With Catholic hospitals providing such a large percentage of medical care, the voice of the Catholic Church should be heard in the health care debate.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia deserves the best in city government

Kurt Albert, a Columbia resident, explains the need for a city ordinance that would stop staff deception in the local government.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Disagreeing with Obama does not equal racism

One should be able to disagree with President Obama's politics without being called a racist.

'Pepper and Friends' comes to an emotional end

The KOMU talk show "Pepper and Friends" aired for the final time on Friday.  Pepper will now appear on KBIA/91.3 FM with a weekday 10-minute segment similar to the television program.

GUEST COMMENTARY: A vow to spend taxpayers' money wisely

Blaine Luetkemeyer says his appointment to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform means he will keep a close eye on how dollars are spent.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Be wary of prostate cancer

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to bring attention to this disease and discuss how to find a cure. Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in men in the U.S. behind skin cancer.

Old St. Francois County jail now open for guests

The inn, on the TransAmerica Trail bicycle route, has 14 bunk beds in three bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and laundry room.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Questions surround cancellation of 'Pepper and Friends'

Management and funding of the show are questioned.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Students cut out of tailgating discussion

MSA President Jordan Paul details the efforts he and other student organizations made to help keep Reactor Field as a tailgating area.

GUEST COLUMNIST: Abusive lawsuits hindering doctors in the field

Lawmakers need to consider tort reform when reworking health care.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Health care proposals will hurt elderly, the young especially hard

A lot of people don't know the finer ins and outs of Obama's health care plan, including some of its potential dangers. Among other things, the new plan could result in an increase in premiums ad billions of dollars in cuts for Medicare Advantage.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Police use of force in Columbia growing more out of control

With the recent arrest of Carl Alan Giles, in which at least 10 officers were present when Giles was found urinating in an alley, it's time to reexamine the department's use-of-force procedures.

GUEST COLUMN: Health care reform for the Ninth District

In the coming weeks, Washington plans to take a hard look at health care reform. While there are a lot of positive draws to the new health care plan, it could spell trouble for small businesses.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri workers need green jobs now

Working to make the nation's energy sources more efficient could help create thousands of jobs in Missouri – if politicians in Washington can catch up with the times.

GUEST COLUMN: Obama's election won't end exploitation of race

Beginning with the exploitation and colonization of Africa, Asia and the Americas and continuing through today, race has been used as an economic tool.