Guest Commentaries

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.


GUEST COMMENTARY: The push for weed sounds a lot like the push for casinos

James E. Fisher of St. Louis University likens the push toward legalization of marijuana to the legalization of gambling in casinos in the 1990s.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Changes up in the air for Kansas City airport

A report from Frasca & Associates challenged some concerns that airlines serving the airport presented to a citizens commission earlier this month.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's too late to help Sasha Menu Courey, but not too late for justice

Mr. Wolfe’s call for action could have a significant impact on how future assault cases are handled by Mizzou and the other schools in the system.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The minimum we can do to fight inequality

We have an economy that’s stopped working for average people, middle class and poor alike, because the rich have rigged the economic rules in their own favor.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Follow Tim Wolfe's advice — freeze tuition for UM schools

Despite one of the lowest tax rates in the nation, Missouri will continue to seek additional tax cuts until education becomes a priority. UM System President Tim Wolfe believes the first step is to freeze tuition and lower students' financial burden.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: State abortion bill addresses safety issues

The bill is seen as a priority for the lobbyist group Missouri Right to Life.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri needs standard response codes for emergencies

The Missouri Hospital Association reported hospitals in the state “are leading a nationwide shift to standardized emergency codes.”

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Military spending matters in Missouri

It is important for this state and others to keep an eye on cuts that could be made to defense spending.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Local control of cell towers under assault in state legislature

Last year there were similar legislative efforts by telecommunications giants to weaken local oversight of land uses. The flawed 2013 law was put on hold under court order.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Returning vets deserve better than this fiasco

The VA now has a new computer system that may help eliminate delays and reduce some of the "disappearing document" problems that stall valid disability applications. By 2015, VA officials are promising to process all claims within 125 days.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: MoDOT strategy to address scarce funding is ill-advised

By severing the cost-share program with county and city governments, transportation officials spread dissatisfaction — and, hopefully, support for a tax proposal — among all users.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: This time, Rex Sinquefeld is throwing his money at Russian campaigns

Rex Sinquefield is backing Garry Kasparov's campaign for president of the World Chess Federation to unseat longtime incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Higher cigarette taxes could save 200 million deaths by 2025

The latest New England Journal of Medicine says the world could avoid 200 million needless deaths by 2025 — and also gain trillions in tax revenue — if tobacco taxes were tripled worldwide, preventing millions of youths from becoming addicted

GUEST COMMENTARY: In wake of Ferguson case, more safeguards needed to protect justice system

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The wrongful conviction of citizens for crimes they didn’t commit is a substantial problem that can be addressed by the adoption of several “best practice” reforms already adopted by a number of states across the country.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: How a Columbia developer makes a nice living backing tax credits

Jeffrey E. Smith is a Columbia developer who is the individual most responsible for Missouri spending more money on low-income and historic tax credits than any other state in the nation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Yes, 20-somethings need health insurance

The website is working much more smoothly now for enrollees, but more than half of the enrollees so far are in the 45- to-64-year-old age bracket, while the 18- to 34-year-old demographic accounts for only about a fourth of the enrollment so far.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's watch other states manage legal marijuana first

Instead of rushing to marijuana legalization, Missouri should wait to see how things go in Colorado and Washington.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Dr. King's dream derailed — so much wealth held by so few

How would Martin Luther King Jr. view the Forbes 400 controlling as much wealth as our entire African-American population of about 41 million people? Could that state of affairs co-exist with his dream? Hardly.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Four years after Haiti earthquake, trouble still brews

Although progress has been made in Haiti, many problems remain, including delayed elections and almost 700,000 suspected cases of cholera.