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Guest commentary: We need to make college affordable again

Guest commentary: We need to make college affordable again

A matchbook almost determined the course of my life. I am lucky that it didn't. The matchbook was printed with an ad for a radio disc jockey training program. Because I was 21 years old and liked music, I thought I might as well enroll in the program and learn whatever it is that they teach …

August 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest commentary: Trial brings focus to lax Missouri animal laws

"The chimp killed my friend!"

August 14, 2012 12:15 amLoading…

Guest commentary: A campaign out of balance

Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate underscores the central question posed by this campaign: Should cold selfishness become the template for our society, or do we still believe in community?

August 14, 2012 12:15 amLoading…
Guest commentary:  The waste has to go somewhere

Guest commentary: The waste has to go somewhere

If you live in Missouri, you don't live far from a temporary storage facility for high-level nuclear waste. That's because the Callaway nuclear power plant, located near Columbia, has no place to send its high-level radioactive waste. Like the dozens of other nuclear generating stations arou…

August 09, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Guest commentary: Awaiting the Vatican

Guest commentary: Awaiting the Vatican

Catholic sisters gather for a national meeting in St. Louis this week as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents 80 percent of U.S. nuns, faces a sweeping overhaul from the Vatican. The organization has been scolded for promoting "radical feminist themes" and focusing …

August 08, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest commentary: Guilt by association

The tragic death of six Sikhs in suburban Milwaukee sheds light on the ugly ways that bigotry works.

August 08, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Guest commentary: People, not politics

Guest commentary: People, not politics

Many planners and participants of the Jan. 28 Welcome Home the Heroes celebration in St. Louis contacted me to express dismay that footage from the event and personal testimonials from two volunteers involved with it were used in a presidential campaign ad. The messages ranged from vitriolic…

August 08, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest commentary: Back to school with a focus

Every four years, the Summer Olympics are among the highlights of my summer. These games have been particularly poignant to me while preparing to go back to school as a teacher in the Lee's Summit public schools. Many of the athletes competing in these games are teenagers — young enough to b…

August 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Guest commentary: Consumers will benefit from Medicaid expansion

Guest commentary: Consumers will benefit from Medicaid expansion

Nearly 300,000 more Missourians could soon get access to health care if Missouri state officials decide to provide it. Unfortunately, recent comments by the state Legislature's leadership cause us to believe that they seem poised to deprive Missourians of this basic human right.

August 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest commentary: Let's talk about guns

If not now, when?

August 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest commentary: Time now for Taliban talks

On a May visit to Kabul, President Obama said "a negotiated peace" was a key part of his plan to end the Afghan war.

August 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest commentary: Time to make the minimum wage a living wage

The minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour since July 24, 2009, even though the prices of basic, everyday goods such as food, housing, utilities and health care have jumped 7.3 percent in the past three years. As a result, the lowest-paid workers in our state have seen the real purchasing powe…

August 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest commentary: A lesson from the drought

This summer, Madison County, like much of Illinois and Missouri, has been hit hard by a severe drought. That drought is having a serious impact on crop production. Corn and soybean crops are suffering from drought and heat stress. Crops yields will be drastically reduced this year.

August 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Guest commentary: Consign torture memos to history

Guest commentary: Consign torture memos to history

The Bush administration "torture memos" will be 10 years old this week. As the administration developed its interrogation policies, it concealed various forms of torture under the moniker "enhanced interrogation techniques." It consulted with the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of …

August 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Guest commentary: Communities suffer because of a tax loophole

Guest commentary: Communities suffer because of a tax loophole

Ever since Missouri's Legislature announced that it would be more aggressive in trying to collect sales taxes on online purchases, there has been a heated debate about what some have have referred to as either a "tax hike" or a "new tax." A few entrenched skeptics even dared to suggest that …

July 31, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Guest commentary: Yes, let's start the revolution here

Guest commentary: Yes, let's start the revolution here

Bill McClellan's column "Global warming Rx in our own backyard?" (July 13) resonated through me like a cymbal clashing in an orchestra. He introduced readers to Steve Bassnett, a U.S. immigrant from Britain, a local scientist who considers our hottest summer in history as the prime example o…

July 31, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest commentary: Romney's still righting the Cold War

Foreign policy hasn't figured much in the presidential campaign, which is lucky for Mitt Romney.

July 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest commentary: Don't mess with the plan

More than 70 years ago, Missourians voted to select our Supreme Court and appeals court judges and, over time, the trial court judges in the metropolitan areas by a unique system. Known nationally as the Missouri Plan, variations of this system have been adopted by 34 states. That's right. W…

July 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest commentary: Democrats need to go centrist or they'll go home

Unless Democrats in Washington, D.C., want to add themselves to the Department of Labor's already dreary unemployment statistics on Nov. 6, they must prove that they can create jobs at little or no cost to the government. Interestingly, the reelection crisis Democrats now face is because the…

July 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Guest commentary: Coping with an American tradittion

Guest commentary: Coping with an American tradittion

On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed its unpopular Citizens United decision and blithely stripped Montana of a century-old law that protected its elections from corporate politicking. The court decided that Montana would not even get the opportunity to present evidence in its case. …

July 25, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
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