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Opinion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop Opus from building an unnecessary student housing complex

The Opus student-housing complex is not needed and will add pressure to an already overwhelmed sewer system in downtown Columbia.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In Missouri, child care costs too much, delivers too little

In a perfect world, the state and the federal governments would help families by further subsidizing the cost of child care, by licensing facilities so a standard of care is established, and by regulating the quality of care.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't let Congress cut Medicare funds for in-home health care

A proposal to slash Medicare reimbursement rates could end up costing the government substantially more if in-home health care providers are forced to go out of business.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Election results point to this: We hate taxes and are conflicted by much else

Missouri is still a farm state, but we’re grappling with just what that means these days. We worry about protecting our privacy even as we give it up on social media. In Boone County, of course, we’re a little more progressive; but any tax increase is still going to be a hard sell.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Voters want better ideas before funding transportation projects

The task for Mayor Sly James and city leaders now is to figure out how to make the funding for a streetcar extension palatable to more voters.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Election reveals continuation of disturbing trends

The indicators from Tuesday’s primary are more disturbing than encouraging. Issues defeated on both the state and county levels indicate government continues to suffer credibility problems.

 

DAVID ROSMAN: Immigration reform package neither helpful nor humanitarian

“Just kick them out” is not an answer. It is a reaction to the influx of new and younger immigrants traveling to the U.S.

GENE ROBERTSON: We all lose when we're not inclusive

There are too many instances of discrimination in the sentencing of persons of color,  as well as in other prejudicial behaviors in our communities.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Questionable tactics used to boost rankings at UMKC

The rankings may have deceived students and parents and appear to have played a role in the receipt of a major financial gift.

ROSE NOLEN: Housing, jobs remain hallmarks of injustice for blacks

Although the Civil Rights Bill was passed in 1964, black people are still fighting for equal footing.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Five reasons to shop at a Missouri farmers market

In honor of National Farmers Market Week, Mark Cadle, state executive director of the Missouri Farm Service Agency, offers tips on how to celebrate the abundance of summer.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: State needs to end reputation as pill-pushers' paradise

Being the only state without a prescription drug database makes Missouri a common destination for those who abuse such drugs.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lack of Medicaid expansion stands in the way of health care success

Some states, including Missouri, have refused to expand Medicaid coverage as provided by the ACA, depriving 5 million low-income Americans of medical insurance and creating serious hardships for hospitals.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Californians like to waste water, so everyone pays a premium for food

At some point, we need to ask whether the rest of the country should put up with higher prices on fruit because Californians want to do things like hose down their driveways and sidewalks instead of sweeping them.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Senate delivers serious effort to address campus assaults

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., a leader in the effort to stop sexual assault on campuses, and a bipartisan group of co-sponsors introduced legislation last week aimed at protecting and empowering college and university students.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't believe scare tactics about farm amendment

Former state representative and family farmer Tom Loehner conceived the idea for Amendment 1 while sitting on his tractor. The bill will protect farmers, not harm them, he says.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' hurts farmers — and everyone else

The language of this bill is to keep "farmers" from being accountable. This helps corporate-style large farms, but hurts the family farmer, Ron Macher writes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Transportation sales tax will help solve funding crisis

If Amendment 7 passes Aug. 5, it will help upgrade and sustain Missouri's transportation system over the next 10 years, and beyond.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposed gun amendment seriously endangers public safety

Amendment 5, known as the "Right to Bear Arms" amendment, is unnecessary and will make it easier for violent criminals to possess firearms.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' is for corporations, not families

The “right to farm” measure, in the form of Amendment 1, doesn’t make good sense as an amendment to our constitution.

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