Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tampering with term limits is a sign of self-importance

Missouri lawmakers need to keep current term limits in place.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Please cancel this pity party for the rich

The super rich have thought up new ways to help themselves grab more money and power at society's expense.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri insurers must consider new forms of cancer treatment

Health insurance providers in Missouri have been ducking their obligations to pay for new forms of cancer treatment, those that involve pills and liquid ingestion instead of intravenous drugs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Federal, state interests collide over wood stoves

Slapping new federal restrictions on burning wood is counter-productive; it invites backlash and nullification attempts that incite added confrontation and confusion between state and federal authority.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Walmart could learn a thing or two from Henry Ford

Henry Ford cut down on employee turnover in 1914 by doubling employee pay to $5 a day. Walmart cut its turnover rate down from 70 percent in 1999, but still has room for improvement compared to companies like Costco.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Halt the executions, Missouri

If Attorney General Chris Koster is concerned about an inmate’s defense team prolonging the process, he can petition the U.S. Supreme Court to refuse to accept further motions.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hubbub over pay for new woman CEO misses the point

GM CEO Mary Barra will rake in 329 times what the average auto industry worker takes home. Women comprise about 21 percent of auto workers. The first-year workers at GM among them will take home less in a year than Mary Barra makes in a day.

GUEST COMMENTARY: College graduates don't deserve to be shackled to student loans

Student debt has grown at an unsustainable pace. Student loans have even been blamed for holding back the economic recovery.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Death penalty issue deserves a direct approach

Schaefer’s legislation would authorize the Missouri Department of Corrections to select the method of execution from among available options, including electrocution, hangings and firing squads.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Study shows weak gun laws spur 16 percent increase in deaths

A new study determined that in Missouri, after the background check law was repealed, gun deaths increased an average of 16 percent per year. That means 55 to 63 more murders take place in Missouri every year because of the state’s lax gun laws.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: How one state effectively managed the propane shortage

The clear message the Michigan governor was trying to convey, especially in an election year, was that Rick Snyder was on the job. When a crisis occurs that's exactly where the state's chief executive should be, as close to what's occurring as possible.

GUEST COMMENTARY: State Criminal Code revision would provide critical tools for public safety

The Criminal Code revision that is currently being debated in the General Assembly modernizes antiquated statutes, harmonizes numerous duplicitous provisions and gives us an important new tool in the form of a fifth felony class.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Raising the minimum wage is no kindness to low-income workers

Minimum-wage earners made up 3 percent of the U.S. workforce in 2012. According to a policy analyst with the Show-Me Institute, raising the minimum wage could cost them their jobs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Abstinence-only is not enough to equip teens with sound information about sex

Abstinence-only sex education does not educate teenagers about the benefits of using contraception and leaves them ill-equipped to deal with the reality of teenage sexual activity.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Jumble of proposals seeks to undo 'the damage of Obamacare'

Some Republicans are no longer trying to repeal Obamacare and instead are proposing ways to deal with its problematic parts.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Tax cuts, Medicaid expansion key to Missouri business success

Missouri lawmakers can grow state employment if they pass measures to expand Medicaid and cut taxes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: State database would curb prescription drug abuse

The federal Office of National Drug Control Policy characterizes the abuse of prescription drugs as “a serious public health and public safety problem.”

WHAT OTHERS SAY: John Boehner spares the GOP another black eye

The time to address spending is not after the money has already been spent and the bills are due. Cuts should be made up front. And the government should pay its debts.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The cold truth about Atlanta's epic traffic jam

It’s not just the risk of an Atlanta-style fiasco that should concern the millions of people who live in other car-dependent communities. It’s also the toll of their day-to-day experience.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Peoples' Visioning addresses energy needs in Columbia

People's Visioning successfully designed a Net-Zero home being built by Habitat for Humanity and is now looking at other renewable energy sources for Columbia.