Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Joplin residents show faith in face of disaster

In spite of the mass destruction caused by the May tornado, Joplin's spirit holds strong.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Maryland judge proposes 'best practice' warning for Web-savvy jurors

The phenomenon of social media-savvy "digital natives" colliding with long-held assumptions about how cases are tried and decided is rocking courtrooms.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Tax reform should adhere to moral principles

It's both financially and morally irresponsible not to reform America's tax and spending systems.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Does public demand exist for Short Street garage?

At an estimated price of $60,000 for each Short Street garage space available to the public, the Columbia City Council needs to decide if residents share the same perceived value of downtown parking.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Flipping tax system on the rich would pay off debt

By turning each state's tax system on its head — from regressive to progressive — states would raise an additional $490 billion in revenue.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New plan for health care, economic change: Stay healthy

Exercising and eating healthy, carcinogenic-free foods is the best form of health care.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Ice cream saga raises questions about the nature of regulations

Laws that prevent us from living as naturally and as peacefully as we want are not good laws. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Segregation cycle continues through zoning regulations, law enforcement

Racial separation in the U.S. is apparent through zoning regulations and law enforcement, leaving African Americans and Latinos stuck in the segregation cycle.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Thanks to exhibit, Abraham Lincoln continues to inspire

"Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life" at the National Museum of American History reminds us of his humble beginnings and eventual impact on America. It also reminds us of the impact he should have on us.

GUEST COLUMN: Trail through Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary hurts environment

The PedNet Coalition's proposed trail will damage the environmental education site. An alternative route should be considered.

GUEST COMMENTARY: SEC too cozy with financial industry

The appointment of Daniel Gallagher as a leader of the Securities and Exchange Commission is another example of just how intertwined the SEC is with the industry it oversees.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We need ways to keep local government funded

To help the economy, the Federal Reserve should change its charter or buy the fiscal shortfall, or state/public banks should be formed.

COLUMN: Amid conflicting reports, here's what should we eat to avoid obesity

Nowadays, what's OK to eat this week might not be OK next week. Maybe we should be eating foods our grandparents ate.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'China Hub' plan for Lambert should be funded privately, not from tax dollars

Private investors, not taxpayers, should not be responsible for footing the bill to create a "Midwest China Hub" for Lambert–St. Louis International Airport.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Death in the shadow of a wall

Editor’s note: In honor of Memorial Day and the many people who fought for the United States, the Missourian is republishing this column by Ernie Pyle. Pyle accompanied World War II Allied forces in the invasions of North Africa, Italy and Normandy, and reported from the front lines with stories of soldiers and their lives. He was killed by Japanese gunfire on Ieshima in 1945.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Eminent domain protections lost in numbers game

The government's decision to flood Mississippi farmland without compensation is a prime example of its thinking of citizens as statistics.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Mission: ABLE helps paralyzed veterans live to the fullest

This Memorial Day, by working to improve health care and benefits for our nation's veterans and expanding employment opportunities for men and women paralyzed in the line of duty, we can pay proper tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of all Americans.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'Fair' mega-tax hurts those most in need

Advocates for a Missouri "consumption tax" on goods and services suggest it would help everyone, including the elderly, families and the state's poorest citizens. But the items it seeks to tax include everyday necessities and exclude expenses irrelevant to the poor, like private school tuition.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri missing a chance to build an energy future

Passing a bill to clear construction for a second nuclear power plant is essential to future economic development.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Paul Ryan's claims of taxing the rich filled with falsehoods

Truth is, the big money that America's richest take in comes from capital gains, not from "creating jobs."