Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: No one is exempt from a tough pregnancy decision; don't make it harder

If pregnancy isn’t compatible with the woman’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial health, then access to abortion is a part of her right to seek full health, to control her destiny.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Study divides nation into seven groups, but all are proud to be American

The Pew Research Center poll found that while Americans may be more politically divided than ever they are still united by patriotism.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mental health-law enforcement partnership is bonus for state

The initiative contains two laudable goals: decreasing societal costs and treating individual mental health disorders.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: After middle school, extreme quest for popularity doesn't pay off

The main thing everybody should take away from researcher Joseph P. Allen's study is timeless: The only lasting form of popularity is based on confidence, benevolence and individuality.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Compassion should be a forefront of immigration efforts

Congress should support enhanced border enforcement by giving Mr. Obama the $2 billion he has requested to further bolster efforts during the crisis.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Cheap shrimp in U.S. depends on slave labor abroad

Shrimp is America’s No. 1 seafood. In fact, we eat far more shrimp than our other two favorites, tuna and salmon. For consumers, cleaning up our shrimp act doesn’t have to mean giving up shrimp entirely — but it does mean doing a bit of homework.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Supreme Court has lousy record on safeguarding individual rights

Rutherford Institute founder John Whitehead keeps reminding us of brazen Supreme Court violations of the Constitution during this and past administrations.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Child Development Laboratory offers great service for price

The Child Development Laboratory is a fully licensed and accredited child-care facility in the state of Missouri and provides high quality child care to community members, faculty, staff and students alike.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Extra credit for Brazil, but not the grand prize

Is it really fair to consider not cutting down big swathes of rainforest as a positive action?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: GOP raises childish bickering to new heights

What Missourians need is an adult discussion on sensible state spending; what we are getting is childish bickering.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Turns out walking is the solution to aging well

Steve and Cokie Roberts write about their family's walking habits and about traditions around the world.

GUEST COMMENTARY: To cut out sugar, don't attempt moderation

The “normal” amount of sugar people eat in our country isn’t actually healthy. On average, U.S. adults eat more than twice as many calories from added sweeteners than they should. This means that our idea of moderation is often still too much sugar.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's not share the road with sleep-deprived truck drivers

A proposed change to federal regulations would effectively let drivers put in as many as 82 hours a week behind the wheel. The change is backed by the trucking industry and opposed by safety advocates and the Obama administration.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Plan to ease student debt was good idea with sloppy execution

The amount of outstanding student loans soared past the trillion-dollar mark several years ago, an amount greater than either credit card debt or auto loan debt.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 100 days after Malaysia Flight 370 disappeared, more questions remain

Flight MH370 is Malaysia's nightmare in more ways than one. Unprecedented in aviation history, it challenges the ingenuity of a small, economically emerging nation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Dining in Europe can be safer than in the U.S.

Europe is much stricter than our country about what kinds of chemicals get into the food chain. Europeans don’t find many — if any — artificial dyes in their food. They can also rest assured that their cows aren’t shot up with artificial growth hormones. Regulation did that.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Right to Farm is a waste of time

Changing the state constitution to give extra protection to an industry that has had its way in Missouri since the founding of the state shuts consumers out completely.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon's vetoes: Good for the state, not an economic roadblock

The governor contends the measures will punch a $425 million hole in the state’s budget, as well as diminish revenues for local governments. Proponents of the measure should respond with facts about the financial repercussions.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Therapy can help one cope with being human

That meme still implies that the people who should undergo therapy are those with big problems. Jill Richardson disagrees. Nearly everyone should get therapy, if they have the means — and a good therapist.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Pension plans derail efforts to improve public schools

What if instead of busing students from failing school districts to accredited ones, we bused great teachers from accredited schools into the failing districts? There is one obstacle standing in the way of turning this into a reality in our two biggest cities: the incompatibility of different pension systems.