Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: Better public transit will benefit Columbia

A Columbia group hopes to triple Columbia Transit's services within three years. This would lead to improvements in personal finance, public spending, health and fitness, economic development and the environment.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri's minimum wage should not be capped

Many lawmakers tell us that an increase in the minimum wage will discourage businesses from coming to Missouri, but service jobs have to stay where the customers are.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposed legislation will make voters cry in their beer

No matter how you dress up the quack economic theory of the beer distributors, it is still quack economic theory.

GUEST COMMENTARY: History shows redistricting will bring problems

The 2010 census results are costing Missouri a congressional seat. That could mean a crisis like those in 1981, 1971 and especially 1931. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri's need for organ donors remains critical

The national lack of organ donors continues to spur changes in legislation. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Initiative petitions in jeopardy

State Sen. Jolie Justus aims to change initiative petition laws, which allow residents to petition for laws and amendments to be on the state ballot.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Benefits of nuclear power outweigh costs proposed by Senate Bill 50

Ameren Missouri could charge ratepayers extra to cover the costs of an early site permit for a new nuclear power plant in Callaway County if Senate Bill 50 passes. The long-term benefits are worth the extra costs, which would be less than $2 per customer per year.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Job creation key to fiscal growth in Missouri

In order to promote economic growth for Missouri, the state needs to balance a budget that creates new jobs and promotes economic growth.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Budget cuts shouldn't overshadow investing for our future

Raising revenue for education and infrastructure will save America money in the long run.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Unlicensed breeders at heart of Prop B problem

Both sides of the Proposition B debate can find common ground in a need to address the problem of unlicensed breeders in Missouri.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri would benefit from more charter schools

By assigning children to high schools based on their location, Missouri is limiting poor and minority students' opportunities to receive a better education. Charter schools should be allowed to open in cities besides Kansas City and St. Louis.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Expanding Missouri's highway, freight systems key for future development

Missouri could face a more prosperous future by considering alternative financing for transportation investment such as public-private partnerships.

GUEST COMMENTARY: GOP economic agenda runs counter to ideals of Martin Luther King Jr.

Republican opposition to providing support to struggling Americans in times of need would actually force impoverished blacks, Latinos, and others on low-incomes even farther down the economic ladder.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The West should take note of events in Tunisia

The three transformations in the past week in the Arab world are important for the long-term U.S. engagement in the Middle East and North Africa.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri's focus should be on problem-solving, not rhetoric

Petty bickering distracts us from serious issues facing the state.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Repealing the health care law would be bad for rural America

Today, the health care law means that children can no longer be refused coverage because of pre-existing conditions. If Congress repeals the law, insurance companies could once again shut these families out.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Farm bill is always an easy target

The U.S. farm commodity support, crop insurance and export programs are the most vulnerable to media attack, and yet they are the very programs designed to keep the United States self-sufficient in food production.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Separating myths and facts regarding Prop B

Proposition B passed in November, but the debate around the legislation is far from over.

GUEST COMMENTARY: West Broadway decisions the worst of 2010

An earlier column by George Kennedy failed to point out that all Columbia citizens will end up paying to widen Broadway between Garth Avenue and West Boulevard.

COLUMN: Future depends on ability to have difficult dialogues with civility

Regardless of whether the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is related to the increasingly heated political discourse of the past few years, the United States needs to address some serious problems.