From Readers

FROM READERS: Black men contribute to positive community atmosphere

Gene Robertson shares stories of a black men in the Columbia community who are giving back.

FROM READERS: 'Bowling for Tax Dodgers' event shows impact of tax breaks

Robin Acree, the executive director of Grass Roots Organizing, shares the group's Tax Day activities in Columbia and discusses the reasoning behind them.

FROM READERS: Columbia pastor shares his reaction to violence at Boston Marathon

Steve Swope writes that physical and emotional wounds will not be erased by attempts at justice, and he encourages us not to give into hatred.

FROM READERS: Lions Clubs serve lunch at Special Olympics

On Saturday, the four Columbia Lions Clubs and the Hartsburg Lions Club went to Rock Bridge High School to serve lunch to the participants in this year's Special Olympics spring games.

FROM READERS: Stephens College's Ten Ideals reveal identities at Honors Convocation

The Ten Ideals is a concept that dates back nearly a century at Stephens, a list of 10 virtues that Stephens women adhere to. This year, the entire group has embodied creativity, President Dianne Lynch said.

Columbia runners in Boston Marathon appear to be safe

All the Boston Marathon runners who listed themselves as being from Columbia have been accounted for and appear to be OK.

FROM READERS: It would have been my daughter's first birthday

Shane Epping shares the story of his family's journey, in text and photos, and of his daughter, who died one day before she was born.

FROM READERS: Why do writers write?

The editor-in-chief of the Stephens College literary magazine Harbinger shares the reasons behind why she writes and what the magazine means for writers and readers alike.

FROM READERS: What to do when visiting Columbia for the first time

Melinda Schnyder, a former Columbia resident, gives her advice on where to eat, drink and what to do outside if you are a first-time visitor to Columbia.

FROM READERS: Mother argues same-sex benefits would save tax money

Jennifer Sprague, a mother of triplets, wrote this essay a year ago about the difficulties of obtaining medical benefits for same-sex couples while pregnant with her children.

Fans analyze Pressey's decision to enter draft

Phil Pressey announced Wednesday that he will enter the NBA draft. Fans react and dissect his decision.

FROM READERS: A day in the life of the birds in John Hall's backyard

Local photographer John Hall documents an argument between Sally and Sylvester Sparrow, disgruntled tenants in one of the birdhouse properties John rents, as well as the doings of several other backyard animals.

FROM READERS: 20th century mythology — and the story of a woman and three men

Margaret Prezioso-Frye shares her short story "20th Century Mythology — Woman Still the Root of Evil" with the Columbia Missourian.

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In a sentence or a few paragraphs, let us know how you hope Battle will be known a year from now.

FROM READERS: Media coverage of UFO phenomena found lacking by Columbia resident

Bill Wickersham gives his opinion on media coverage of UFO phenomena, which he has been interested in for more than 50 years.

FROM READERS: PS:Gallery exhibit showcases spring's renewal

Antoine Matondo shares thoughts on PS:Gallery's newest exhibit, which began on April 2 and showcases renewal and rebirth as represented by six artists.

FROM READERS: John Hall shares images of blue herons and lesser yellowleg sandpipers

Blue herons and lesser yellowleg sandpipers are the recent focus of John Hall's photography.

FROM READERS: An accidental case of homemade confetti

Joe G. Dillard shares a story about a lawn mower accident, during which he learned how to make homemade confetti.

FROM READERS: USSVI commander looks to memorialize submarine veterans

Ed Irwin, who retired from the Navy in 1982, is now the commander for the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. base in Jefferson City.