Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: 2010 Census: Be heard, be counted

With the 2010 Census forms arriving in households this month, the Columbia/Boone County Complete Count Alliance is encouraging community participation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Video games aren't just for kids

Video games can tell a story just as powerful as a movie or book. With the average age of a gamer in the U.S. at 35, video games are becoming more emotionally intense.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cotton ballers tried to degrade African-Americans

The cotton ball incident was not just vandalism. It was a hate crime.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Ten facts about the proposed bond issue for Columbia Public Schools

Jan Mees, president of the Columbia School Board, says supporting the bond issue will help students in school now and set the stage for future growth.

GUEST COMMENTARY: How to fix our city government

As a candidate for mayor of Columbia, Sid Sullivan lays out the problems of Columbia and what he can do to fix them.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cotton balls at Black Culture Center show racism still very much alive at MU

While protesting or rioting might not be neccessary, a serious conversation needs to take place about racism at MU.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why you should fill out your Census form

Not filling out a Census form is the equivalent of your local community losing $1,500.

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.