Reader Opinions

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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Source of laws should not matter

It does not matter what source is used for practical information that allows society to prosper peacefully.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Early movements coming from the 'Peoples' Visioning'

Peoples' Visioning wants Columbia to raise its Renewable Energy Standard to 80 percent by 2015.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri politicians' stance on gun control is embarrassment to state

Legislators have shown a lack of concern for citizens because of partisan extremism.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Politicians shouldn't be involved in women's health choices

Decisions about abortion are better left to a woman and her family, not politicians.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Conversation about women's health needs to reflect complexity

Politicians need to step back and stop interfering with women's access to sexual health care.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 40 years after Roe v. Wade, women still deserve choice

A woman's decision to choose adoption, end a pregnancy or raise a child must be left to her, her family and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or health care provider.