Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Bears are back in Missouri, thanks to conservation efforts

The black bear has seen a significant increase in Missouri — so much so that the Missouri Department of Conservation wants to measure how much the population has grown.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Political shuffling begins in race for governor

Kevin Elmer, a Republican representative from Nixa in the Missouri House of Representatives, has raised concerns about Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's viability as a candidate for governor.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Reflecting on Sept. 11 can be healing

The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is a time to remember how our lives have changed since that day.

GUEST COMMENTARY: How not to create jobs — some advice for Gov. Nixon

Gov. Jay Nixon is trying to create new jobs by building new warehouses at the St. Louis airport, but his plan will do more harm than good.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Abolition of nuclear weapons is an achievable goal

One of the Missourian's columnists, J. Karl Miller, should think outside his own personal experience when writing about our nation's policy of nuclear deterrence.