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Guest Commentaries

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.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri should protect its children, not their abusers

In January, the state’s highest court ruled that where convicted child predators live and what they do on Halloween cannot be limited "retroactively." It’s at least the fifth time in recent years that the court has rejected laws intended to help expose the guilty and protect the vulnerable.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't ban animal antibiotics, keep food safe

Antibiotics are used responsibly to prevent and treat disease in animals. They are used safely and judiciously and should not be banned by the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act.

Missourian welcomes letters, guest columns ahead of the April 6 election

All letters will run online and every effort will be made to publish them in the print Missourian by April 4.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Dental therapists solution for rural oral health

Missouri’s oral health is among the worst in the nation, partly because of the state’s shortage of dentists. Programs in Alaska, England, Australia and Canada have had success with dental therapists, who can provide a wide range of dental services at a low cost. Missouri could also benefit from dental therapists if the state’s professional licensing law did not stand in the way.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Haiti disaster a wake-up call for Missouri to prepare

With the disaster in Haiti becoming a warning for other countries vulnerable to a natural disaster, Missouri needs to take action to ready itself in case a disaster should ever occur here.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Will the real Missouri First please stand up?

A plan is needed to rid Missouri of initiatives that conflict with the free market and disrupt economic gains of Missouri citizens. Gov. Jay Nixon should promote programs that allow the free market to function.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Kudos to Missouri General Assembly for balanced-budget resolution

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer applauds Missouri's effort to curb federal spending while urging the U.S. Congress to do more.

PHOTO GALLERY: Guests attend breakfast in memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

The event was sponsored by community activist Almeta Crayton, the Frederick Douglass Coalition and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Association.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Bill banning certain uses of antibiotics in animals is necessary

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.) says her bill would only ban using antibiotics in animals for nontherapeutic purposes.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Let the EPA enforce the Clean Air Act

GUEST COMMENTARY: Journalism's dreamers must keep eyes on statistics

Popular perceptions of what is happening with journalism don't always match up to how readers and viewers want their news.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Disney makes a crowd-pleaser for black community

"The Princess and the Frog" is packed with dazzling characters led by Princess Tiana.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hundreds of unfilled jobs in Missouri? You've got to be kidding

There's a growing number of open jobs in the Missouri allied health professions, but schools don't have the capacity to fill them.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Four things Columbia did badly in 2009

A small group of high-profile individuals get to make the most important decisions about our community.

GUEST COMMENTARY: MU leading the way in alternative energy

MU won't eliminate coal use overnight, Chancellor Brady Deaton says, but the campus has made considerable steps in that direction.

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