Guest Commentaries

GUEST COMMENTARY: No matter how much parents fret, most children won't ace the SAT

Originally conceived in the 1920s as a means of identifying academically talented individuals whose abilities might otherwise be overlooked, the SAT has done a reasonably good job of doing so over the years.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Regulating tanning beds is a public health issue

Proponents say the measure would help protect children from exposure to ultraviolet rays that may cause skin cancer.

GUEST COMMENTARY: At public universities, inequality taking its toll

The sense that public higher education itself is under attack has led to remarkable unity among among both permanent and temporary faculty at the University of Illinois-Chicago.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Reported future guacamole shortage takes country by storm

Reported guacamole shortage linked to climate change is the least of problems that would result from the environmental issue.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Wall Street salaries v. minimum wage

Wall Street firms gave their employees more than $26 billion in bonuses in 2013, up 15 percent from 2012 and the third-largest amount on record. The bonuses given would be enough to more than double the money made by Americans working full-time at minimum wage.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should fix troubled schools, scrap the transfer law

While Missouri lawmakers search for answers to education woes, the influx of bills merely overlay issues caused by the school transfer law rather than solving the issue.

WHAT OTHER SAY: Malpractice lawsuits need award restrictions

Restricting the amount of money people can receive through medical malpractice lawsuits would strengthen Missouri's health care system.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 1964 court decision a victory for press and public

With the Sullivan decision — often misunderstood but never minimized in importance — the Supreme Court swept away the fear that routine but robust news coverage of government and of social movements might be met (and silenced) by libel suits.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's a sweet victory for better nutrition labeling

It’s ridiculous that it took two decades for the government to side with consumers over the interests of the food industry in order to change nutrition labels.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's official — state "Blue Book" is returning to print

As a result of a legislative effort to save the state money, and fueled by an argument that everybody has Internet access, the manual has been available only online since 2011.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: More U.S. sanctions needed against looming Crimea takeover

Russia should not only be barred from the G8, but the Western nations should also begin closing it off from the world banking system.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's not widespread knowledge, but Obama embraces fracking

The Obama administration recently approved three new hydraulic-fracturing projects off the Santa Barbara coast.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Disruption in Nigeria doesn't demand U.S. involvement

Nigeria must work with surrounding countries to mount a national security effort.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's not too late to lift up young men of color

President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative is necessary for America to progress morally and economically. Too many young men of color have been diverted off the path of productivity, and that should not be the norm.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: On balance, the Keystone XL pipeline is worth building

An assessment by the U.S. Department of State has found that the Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to increase carbon emissions. It adds that other means of moving the oil to refineries are likely to result in greater emissions.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't mess with success of state Conservation Department

The current session of the General Assembly is rife with legislation that would be harmful to the Missouri Conservation Commission and the work it does in partnership with the conservation department's professional staff.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time for real payday loan reform

The legislation, presented as a way to reform the current payday loan laws and protect the consumer, would give the payday loan industry free rein to rake in outrageous profits.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sense of entitlement continues to define Legislature

Reducing the influence of money on legislative bodies is one idea in a package of bills proposed by Sen. John Lamping and endorsed by others.

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.