Guest Commentaries

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time to ban all texting and driving

Kansas gets it right. The state bans all drivers from texting and driving via its state laws. Missouri and Oklahoma should do the same.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama's ISIS strategy has a long shot at victory

The problem is more political than military, and always was.

GUEST COMMENTARY: MU is not straightforward on climate change

MU advertises its commitment to green initiatives, but its actions fall short of that goal.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hefty funding to stop border crossings needs review

Given the hefty price tag of border surge operations — now the exclusive burden of Texas taxpayers — more realistic goals are needed.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New language in early-voting ballot issue makes sense

The proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot will ask Missouri voters whether to authorize a no-excuses-needed early voting period for future general elections.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Movement to ban plastic bags gains steam

California is on the verge of becoming the first state to make it against the law for stores to give shoppers disposable plastic bags with their purchases.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Take this civics quiz that only 4 percent of high school students passed

The Missouri Civics Education Initiative is promoting a state law that requires high school students to pass a civics test before graduation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's hunger problem keeps getting worse

Over the past decade, as a percentage of population, more Missourians have fallen into hunger, defined in a USDA report as “very low food security,” than in any state in the nation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't buy into this ill-conceived amendment on teacher evaluations

The best teachers adapt their instruction to reach the greatest number of students. We fear a statewide standard may not acknowledge and reward that asset and, worse, might discourage teachers from reaching out to the spectrum of students.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: St. Louis 'craft beer' has suspicious origins

This is craft beer on a semi-industrial scale, but still keeping production under the arbitrary 6-million-barrel-a-year limit that the Brewers Association says defines a craft beer.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Even when Rex loses, Missouri loses worse

If money is a form of speech, as the court has ruled, then Mr. Sinquefield is talking freely, loudly and ceaselessly.

WHAT OTHER SAY: Why America should care about Scottish secession

Neither Scotland nor England has a real plan about how to go forward if the two lands, linked for more than three centuries, are suddenly severed.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Veto session does offer few encouraging signs

Sen. Bob Dixon of Springfield and Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City were among the Republican lawmakers who backed off targeted tax relief in favor of pursuing more far-reaching tax reform when the regular session convenes in January.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: America's reluctant warrior-in-chief needs allies

A discussion about what national security interests are at stake is essential. A forecast of possible exit options would be helpful. Playing politics while U.S. troops have their hides on the line is despicable.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: To the NFL: This is what domestic assault looks like

When powerful people don't call out domestic violence as a brutal act worthy of stiff punishment, every victim suffers.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mo. lawmakers show 'callous disregard' for women

Missouri's new 72-hour abortion waiting period is the second-most restrictive abortion law in the country.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Highway tolls forecast economic disaster

Tolling existing interstates is double taxation because it charges people for using roads for which their tax dollars have already paid.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama strategy against ISIS — deliberate, thorough, cautious

To have an actual national conversation about ISIS, we first need to understand what it is and how we can beat it.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Foot-dragging on drones hurts Missouri farms

The longer our government takes to vet the use of drones and to provide meaningful guidance to private interests — with agriculture near the top of that list — then the greater risk we'll miss out on realizing the full potential of this new technology.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why another task force? Solutions to violence are obvious

We need policies and programs to genuinely address the problems that have systematically ushered our young people from the cradle to the prison industrial complex.