Guest Commentaries

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.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Even the NRA opposes latest Missouri gun bill

It’s odd to find ourselves on the same side of gun issue as the National Rifle Association. Of course, the NRA is against it for all the wrong reasons, but in the spirit of togetherness, let’s ignore that.

GUEST COMMENTARY: National recovery is real, though little noticed

The president hasn't gotten any political benefit from decreasing deficits. State surpluses are being attributed to two things — national economic growth and an increase in state's personal income taxes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Michael Sam — All-American on and off the field

Society is changing, as well as the culture of professional sports. And changing, too, thanks in part to Mr. Sam, is the definition of a football player and a teammate.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Look for a long, difficult legislative session

Republicans not only are shelving Nixon's budget, they are challenging the governor's budget authority. The conflict isn't just about money; it's also personal.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Eggs lawsuit is politically smart, ethically sketchy for Koster

California lawmakers in 2010 passed a law requiring all eggs sold in California — where one in every three eggs laid in Missouri is sold — to come from hens quartered in  accommodations that meet the state's requirement.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: With 1,200 open seats on state boards and commission, action is needed

Some lawmakers believe Gov. Jay Nixon isn’t moving quickly enough on appointments, and they have proposed legislation to require more timely action.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: After all the dreary news, athletes are now the Olympic stars

As so often happens at the Olympics — and often out of nowhere — athletes will put their own stamp on the Games with some brilliant performances on the ice or snow.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'America the Beautiful' in many languages aptly reflects the country

Coca-Cola's multilingual Super Bowl ad caused controversy this week with Fox commentators such as Glenn Beck and Todd Starnes. But Americans have been speaking other languages since the country was founded.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More robust protection needed for Current, Jacks Fork rivers

This is our opportunity to insist that the National Park Service use the plan update to provide management that broadens the types of visitors we hope to attract.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: If men could have babies, there would be no abortion controversy

Lawmakers jump at any chance to get their views "on the record" on abortion.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's not smart to send well-educated immigrants back home

Newcomers are good for the economy. They don't take jobs away from native-born Americans, they create jobs for everyone.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pete Seeger left a long musical legacy

Pete Seeger, who died Jan. 27, contributed to the cultivation and popularization of country and folk music in America during the 1960s. He also founded the Newport Folk Festival, which was where artists like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan began to gain popularity.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reform, not spending, should top the state's agenda

Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address reflects a change in attitude regarding tax policy, Medicaid spending and education funding that is problematic for Missouri.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: High five as official greeting or legislative silliness?

House Bill 1624, introduced by Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, D-Berkeley, proposes that the "high five" be the official state greeting. No other state in the union has an official greeting.