Letters to the Editor
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.
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.”
Medicaid expansion makes fiscal sense, and it will bring billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to Missouri.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The proposed 72-hour waiting period will only make the process of abortion more difficult for women.
Although significant steps have been taken toward achieving women's reproductive freedom in the 40 years since Roe v. Wade, the struggle is ongoing.
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Women can start the year off right by taking charge of their health and getting Pap tests.
The residents of the Clark Lane neighborhood propose building a grass buffer and then concrete sidewalks on both sides of Clark Lane from Woodland Spring to McAfee.
There are legitimate criticisms of Israel, but targeting civilians in rocket attacks is not one.
The belief in the power of innocence and compassion has faded into Christmases past.
Columbia resident Ben Edes writes that he hopes Columbia's representatives in Jefferson City are listening.
Electric consumers need to educate themselves about the true cost of coal, in dollars and in health and environmental effects.
Many law enforcement organizations instead support a model that maintains police response while reducing unnecessary burglar alarm calls.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri voters, not legislature, should make decision on marijuana legalization
The issue of marijuana legalization must go to the voters, not the legislature, Colorado resident Stan White writes.
The sugar daddy economic theory is that the federal government will pay and not charge citizens anything. In a recent editorial, Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, stated that the federal government will pay for all of the Medicaid cost through 2016.
When government takes over a market removing competition, it is no longer free to compete with other like businesses.
There is no issue more profound than what we put into our bodies. Yet, we regularly consume foods that contain GMO ingredients without knowing it.