Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sex offender registry used as tool both for law enforcement and humiliation

The punitiveness of our sex offender laws, registry and restrictions are totally unsupported by any empirical evidence. It destroys marriages, creates homelessness and perpetuates joblessness by listing the employer and address.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Federal regulations dampen prospects for business graduates

Employers should have the means to hire freely, but the uncertainty created by today’s regulatory environment has made many hesitant to do so, making job opportunities scarce for recent college graduates.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Governor needs to veto 72-hour abortion bill

This bill tells women in no uncertain terms that we are thought to be incapable of making responsible decisions about our own bodies and our own families.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Online sales tax would level playing field for all businesses

The current sales tax code is unquestionably confusing for consumers and companies.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nation's founding rested on a Christian mindset

We place our liberties at risk if we forget the religiously-informed wisdom of the Founders. Regrettably, that forgetfulness seems to be all too common today.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We need to dump touch-screen voting machines

The Paper Ballot Bill, which seeks to eliminate the pitfalls of using unauditable, electronic touch-screen voting machines in Missouri, needs only two more final votes to become law. 


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let's say no to roll carts

Roll carts are not a good solution for everyone.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: E-cigarettes should be treated the same as tobacco products

A Missouri Senate bill could exempt e-cigarettes from current tobacco laws despite limited research suggesting they could have equally adverse effects as traditional cigarettes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: HB 1613 is an insult to women

HB1613 would triple the waiting period for a woman to access her legal right to an abortion. In addition to a required ultrasound, this bill would also force providers to tell women medically inaccurate information.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Right-to-work laws damage economy, weaken families

If right-to-work passes, the wage cuts that follow will leave families with less to spend, and that will devastate our communities and businesses alike.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fix tobacco loophole that costs Missouri lives, funding

Two bills in the legislature would close a loophole that essentially allows our government to subsidize tobacco companies in Missouri, which is a terrible detriment to our state's health and revenue stream.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Here's a way to assess fair income tax rates for all

The capital gains tax should be increased to 30 percent for incomes more than $1 million, eliminated for those below $200,000, and kept at 20 percent for the rest.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Patronizing attitude toward women in state Capitol belittles important issues

From what I have experienced personally and witnessed first hand, Republicans, especially in the House, have made it very clear they are not interested in women’s opinions, Dina van der Zalm writes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Toxic emissions hurt every man, woman and child in Missouri

Juli Viel writes about her concern about the carbon emissions from the Labadie Power Plant and others around the country.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Overhaul of federal overtime policy seems unnecessary

What we do know is that President Barack Obama wants a major change in overtime rules that would force employers to scramble yet again to comply with federal regulations and take on costly administrative burdens that would distract from efforts to create jobs during our nation's still-struggling economic recovery.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A public note of thanks from Michael Sam

Michael Sam, a defensive end for Missouri, asked that this letter be published today, when he and other NFL prospects will be working out during the school's pro day.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A reformed tax code would benefit the nation

Through the 1960s, our income distribution remained healthy, but since that time the distance between the rich and poor has become so disastrously wide it threatens the stability of our nation.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Consistent child care on campus will help families flourish

Now that the Student Parent Center is being shut down, the university should work to provide new forms of child care services to its students.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Citizens urge city to host public meeting about infrastructure

Neighborhood associations adjacent to downtown are asking the city to hold public meetings to address the condition and capacity of downtown infrastructure.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Abortion decision doesn't need more legislative meddling

To assume Missouri women seeking an abortion have not already had more than enough time to come to their own decision on the best option for them, whatever it may be, is naïve and shows a lack of trust in women.