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Opinion

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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Community will miss Jerry Wade

Jerry will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to work with him.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Farm amendment would do more harm than good

The Missouri Farmers Union, the Humane Society of Missouri, the League of Women Voters of Missouri and many agricultural and economic experts oppose the bill.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Imprecise language raises questions about "Right to Farm"

The selective wording in both the amendment and ballot language leaves too much room for interpretation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Reject lottery amendment, despite worthy cause

There is a fear that the addition of a veterans lottery will siphon money from Missouri education.

DAVID ROSMAN: Legislators' e-cigarettes votes expose influence of big business

In a time when Missouri residents are becoming more aware of the negative effects of tobacco products, the idea of the tobacco industry funding election campaigns will continue to add salt to a wound that is slowly festering.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: So many good reasons to reject the transportation sales tax

The measure would enact a sales tax to help fund state and local highways, roads, bridges and transportation projects for 10 years.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We need to ensure quality medical care for all

Today, Medicare and Medicaid are arguably our country’s single most important anti-poverty initiatives.

DEAR READER: 'Word Crimes' creates complicated discussion of language

While comedian Weird Al's 'Blurred Lines' parody sparked a rewarding conversation about grammar, some take issue with statements made in the song.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It may be too easy to buy influence in this state

Politics at the state level have always had their raw edges, a toughness that is not publicly visible to those who see only floor debates and committee hearings.

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