Letters to the Editor

Poetry’s verses can instill values in us

Recently a local school boy was awarded a prize for a poem he composed. Joseph Brodsky, Soviet dissident and Nobel Laureate, proposed that all high school freshmen should be presented with the gift of a volume of American verse. What does poetry teach us? Form, structure, discipline, the beauty of our language, imagery and proper usage.

Plan ahead for flood insurance

Recent flooding in this state serves as a reminder of the costly effects of flooding on homes and businesses.

No scientific theory with intelligent design

There continues to be debate about whether both evolution theory and intelligent design theory are science. More discussion about the scientific method might be helpful to your readers.

MU shouldn’t give sale funds to Salvation Army

I was intrigued with the announcement in the May 4 MU mass e-mail, Tiger Treasures Rummage Sale, which is sponsored by Campus Facilities. I think it’s a great idea that MU’s recycling coordinator is finding ways to do something useful with students’ castoffs, but I found the Salvation Army as the sole beneficiary very concerning.

Fourth Amendment rights also extend to high schools

Student rights? What are those? Imagine you’re a student at a local high school, wandering down the hallway and a police officer orders you to the ground while a drug dog sniffs you out. Is that abiding by student rights? A growing number of schools across the nation are subjecting their students to these kinds of actions. These schools are clearly violating their students’ Fourth Amendment rights.

Clarification deserves dominant placement

Thursday, April 27th’s edition of the Missourian ran a piece titled “Changes Afoot for Diversity Bill,” which discussed the Emily Brooker Intellectual Diversity Act, also known as House Bill 213. The following passage is excerpted from the article. It states:

Holden favors planned growth

A March 29 Missourian article stated that Mike Holden, candidate for Fourth Ward City Council, favored a proposal for a Wal-Mart store on West Broadway that would include a standard red, blue-and-gray Wal-Mart store. The story does not fully explain the complexities of the proposal that came before the Planning and Zoning Commission, and inadequately explained Mr. Holden’s view of this Wal-Mart proposal.