Reader Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Donations to Goodwill yield powerful change

MERS/Goodwill programs give clients not only employment but also renewed confidence, hope, independence, responsibility and more. The organization receives annual funding from grants and other sources, but in-kind donations make up one-third of its revenue.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dousing can be an effective method to question lies, find water

Dowsing or "water witching" is effective because what moves the sticks or pendulum is not some mysterious energy but very fine muscle movements within our bodies.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ryan on right track with church taxes

Rep. Paul Ryan is headed in the right direction in his proposal for Catholic churches to start paying property taxes, but his proposal could go further.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let's be reasonable about politicians' misstatements

There was no uproar when President Obama said the United States had 57 states.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Todd Akin embarrassed Missourians twice

Rep. Todd Akin has lost all credibility.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Photographs can help inspire change

Photography has clout and can change the social environment very quickly to one that is inspiring, hopeful and creative in a positive, productive way.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Social Security does help those who need it

Social Security benefits are not just for retirees. Many people depend on it after an injury and spouses and children depend on the program after the death of a wife or husband.

GUEST COMMENTARY: 'The good, the bad and the ugly' of Columbia

Columbia residents live with too much "bad and ugly," and the "good" in Columbia needs to emerge.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sen. McCaskill always willing to hear us out

Missouri needs a senator who is able to work with others who do not share the same perspectives.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: From one city to another, beware of GoTopless event

In Asheville, N.C., last year's GoTopless event will degrade culture, women and Columbia.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Political spending is wasteful

Florence Friedrichs of Pilot Grove thinks the millions of dollars spent on this year's election campaign is wasteful and leads to misinformation.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Putting Kids First initiative to appear on November ballot

The Putting Kids First initiative on the November ballot must be passed.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you from Sterling Wyatt's family

The Wyatts thank family, friends and community members for the support they gave following the death of their son, Spc. Sterling Wyatt.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri health care will suffer because of Supreme Court decision

Timothy Trout, president of Missouri Professionals Mutual, says that eliminating the malpractice awards cap has to potential to have a detrimental impact on the state's health care.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Republican candidates need to stand by their principles

In 2006 and 2008 voters gave the Republican Party some tough love because too many Republican politicians had strayed too far away from their own principles. Has the lesson been learned?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: John Davis urges Republicans to vote for him

As a candidate for the Columbia Third Ward Republican Committeeman, John Davis urges all good and true Republicans to vote for him.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri Constitution does not need amending

As an ordained minister of Evangelical Lutheran Church, Martin J. Rafanan believes the Missouri Constitution has been doing an excellent job of preserving religious liberties and does not need amending.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ryan Henry will hold politicians accountable for their votes

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Janet Thompson recommended for office for her kindness, willingness to help

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Oppose 'Freedom to Pray' amendment

Teachers need to be sensitive to religious beliefs, but they cannot be made responsible for presenting lessons that are free from religious contradictions