Reader Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Speak up and change the conversation about rape

As students, you and I can have immense influence in shaping the opinions of our peers and promoting a safe environment if only we learn to speak up.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Quick fixes for Medicare will not address inherent problems

Some Medicare cuts, such as increasing the age of qualification, do not address the greater issues with the service.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Congressional policies should affect citizens equally

Congress' actions should affect all citizens in the same way, not based upon household income.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you to all who contributed to Everyone Eats

Thanksgiving was a rich experience because of the goodwill and generosity of those who contributed to Everyone Eats, writes William E. "Gene" Robertson, an MU professor emeritus.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Concerns about development near Rock Bridge State Park

The urban development this is being planned near Rock Bridge State Park is requesting zoning changes to include 11 duplexes and 65 singly-family homes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Income tax prevents economic growth, global competitiveness

Changing levels of taxation doesn't address global competitiveness. Fair Tax HR 25 is the only bill before Congress that stimulates the economy.

'Peoples' Visioning' strives to make Columbia better through collaboration

The "Peoples' Visioning" community group is hosting their third mini-conference Monday with live music and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and a program at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room at Daniel Boone Regional Library.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We need new paradigms

Every group of people has a right to choose their compatriots according to their core values and beliefs starting on a very small scale, such as within a family or friends, to the levels of city, state and country, a Missourian reader writes.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Public health funding is critical for the future of America

Bert Malone, vice president of Missouri Public Health Association, thinks investing in public health funding will strengthen the nation's health infrastructure.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Here are things to keep in mind when voting

With elections Tuesday, voters need to keep in mind some important things.

GUEST COMMENTARY: McCaskill's voting record could hurt Missouri

The senator's support of cap-and-trade system and EPA regulations could cost Missouri residents.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hensley's environmental record shows she's right for Fourth District

U.S. representative candidate Teresa Hensley's stance on environmental and farm issues shows she's a match for Missouri's Fourth District.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Voter drop-off a threat to Missouri judicial election

The drop-off in Missouri judicial retention elections was 16 percent in 2010.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote yes on Prop B to raise tobacco tax

The increased tax will reduce the number of smokers, especially among young people; provide programs to reduce and prevent tobacco use; and will provide needed funds for public education at all levels, elementary, secondary, college and university.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Roll carts raise concerns for senior citizens, people with disabilities

The new carts cause problems for residents with disabilities and senior citizens.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Smoking is jeopardizing the health of our students

As education leaders, our job is to cultivate the student as a whole, to help them grow and thrive personally, and to care for their health and safety so that one day, their contributions can benefit all of society.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Republicans will continue coddling the elite if elected

If Mitt Romney and other Republicans are elected in November, the super-rich will score another victory in their class war against the middle and lower classes. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: League of Women Voters supports Prop 1

We support Proposition 1 for children’s vital services in mental health, crisis intervention, and child abuse.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote yes on Prop 1, the Putting Kids First initiative

Proposition 1 will establish a Community Children's Service Fund in Boone County to provide support for the emotional and mental health needs of our children.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Koster's eminent domain bill is a farce

Missouri's eminent domain reform bill does not really protect landowners, as Koster touts.