Letters to the Editor

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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Complex net of regulations causes hardship for business owners

The regulatory process to start or grow a business needs to be reformed and simplified so that ordinary people trying to make a living and grow their businesses can do so without unnecessary hoops to jump through.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Millions of workers would benefit from increase in minimum wage

In a recently released letter, 600 Ph.D. economists, including seven Nobel laureates, supported raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. They state that the “weight of evidence” is that “increases in the minimum wage have had little or no negative effect on the employment of low-wage workers.”


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medicaid expansion will keep communities healthy

Medicaid expansion makes fiscal sense, and it will bring billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to Missouri.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Complex regulations on business stifle the local economy

Insurance broker Wally Pfeffer writes that he has encountered many business owners who have a hard enough time making ends meet without the added logistical and economic pressures of complying with multiple and oftentimes redundant regulations.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: War on Women targets health care decisions

More than 20 health bills filed in the state Legislature since Jan. 8 aim to prove that women aren't smart enough to make health care decisions on their own, a reader writes.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Using city money for private sewers is dubious

A request for public records indicates the pubic works director has established his own unwritten criteria on how to spend money to repair private sewers.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medicaid expansion is the only option for Missouri

Many people who frequent emergency rooms are doing so because they do not have access to preventive care. Medicaid expansion would provide this care for many of them.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Women don't need politicians to help with abortion decisions

The proposed 72-hour waiting period will only make the process of abortion more difficult for women.