Reader Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ian Thomas is a good fit for City Council

Ian Thomas is a true consensus builder and someone who will put in the work to involve citizens, gain the benefit of their point of view, seek common ground and then do the work to translate the process into action.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: To find peace, we must let go of fear

until we learn how to live with people different from "us," we shall always have fear of "them." And as we live in fear we will continue to have conflicts. We must understand 'one love' for all.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't let Congress take away our rights

The government doesn't have the right to erode the constitutional rights of its citizens because they're not the source of those rights.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reconsider denial of Ferguson's appeal

The record demonstrates beyond peradventure that a miscarriage of justice has occurred, resulting in incarceration of an innocent man.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Proposed Missouri gun legislation would present health hazard

Asking about gun safety in the home should be part of a medical professional's duty to care for the health and safety of a child.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Newspaper reading fosters learning, educated voting

MU student Jonathan Seppo urges people to take time to talk to children about newspapers and model reading it for them, as well as support organizations like Newspaper in Education, who aim to expose children to newspapers while they are still in grade school.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Newspapers should be part of classrooms to improve knowledge

MU student Karen Miller explains how reading the newspaper can increase our knowledge of the world and turn our youth into better readers. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama allowing sequester because Republicans are refusing more taxes

Obama's problem is Republicans, desperately trying to bring fiscal responsibility to our Congress, have not caved on his demand for even more new taxes.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Knowledge from newspapers can empower youth

A former Douglass Park neighborhood Columbia Missourian beat reporter shares how she thinks providing newspapers to young children will give them an opportunity to engage and advocate for a better future for themselves.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reading newspapers early can educate, build lifelong readers

Dan Burley explains how reading the newspaper as a child helped further his education and will hopefully lead him to a job. This March, the American Press Institute will promote Newspapers in Education Week to encourage reading the newspaper in the classroom.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Offshore tax loopholes must end to help US budget

Many American corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated accounting tricks to take advantage of loopholes in the tax code, leaving the rest of us to pick up the tab. With serious budget challenges before us, now is the time to put these tax loopholes to rest.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Red Cross Month recognizes volunteers

During the month of March, the American Red Cross recognizes its volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters as "Everyday Heroes."

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: There is science to intelligent design

Columbia resident Jim Goff disagrees with Missourian columnist David Rosman's exception to the Missouri House Bill 291 concerning science classes teaching Christian creationist beliefs. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Monitor your yards

Mildred Cooke suspects someone stole a tree out of her yard and warns others to keep an eye on their lawns in case more instances like hers occur.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Focus should be on Jefferson Junior High gym, not elementary school

Jefferson Junior High School's gym is in need of serious upgrades and should be a top agenda item for Columbia Public Schools.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ohio review of allegations against James not complete

Ronald Ross, Ohio Board of Psychology executive director, continues to avoid describing the steps the board took to investigate the complaint against Larry James.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medicaid expansion is a must

Gov. Jay Nixon's call for the program's expansion would create 24,000 jobs for Missouri residents.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We need city leaders that understand and support planning

Columbia needs to move away from its current stance on city planning and move toward a more constructive agenda.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: City elections are critical

Now that Helen Anthony is gone, voters in Columbia need to pick someone who represents the interest of all residents of the city and not just big developers.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columbia should focus on renewable energy

It is time to increase renewable energy goals and develop new energy efficiency programs to help us meet that commitment.