Reader Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pastors should be present in Douglass Park

The problems in Douglass Park and in every spot that brings forth violence can be remedied by your being there and preaching God's love — and preaching it boldly.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Children in Cambodia a lesson for all

In the May 10 article "Vacation with a cause," a photo of Cambodian schoolchildren sitting peacefully before a meal is a different picture than what we see in America.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Health care law violates ethical, moral, religious obligations

Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an attack on the religious freedom of millions of Americans as all private health care insurance plans must offer contraceptives.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tenure is a better system than merit pay

Merit pay is based on test scores, which do not accurately reflect the work a teacher does.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Enhanced enterprise zones bring jobs, growth to community

Enhanced enterprise zones (EEZ) help local businesses expand and provide jobs within the community.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ballot initiatives give Missouri residents power over payday lenders

Payday lenders have long used predatory attempts to not only take advantage of Missourians, but to thwart the democratic process as well.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri correctional centers, officers, inmates hurt by budget cuts

Missouri correctional centers have made cuts to medical treatments received by the inmates. Further cuts might harm both the offenders and the public.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Matthes needs to check facts on Missouri TIF projects

Tax-increment financing districts throughout the state run contrary to Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes' statements to the Missourian about the history of the financing method.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Buffett rule is good alternative for generating revenue

When it comes to taxing millionaires and generating revenue, J. Karl Miller's column missed the point about the "Buffett rule."

GUEST COMMENTARY: Blight designation has no place in Columbia

Calling any area of Columbia blighted is not worth the threat to community relationships or the risk to Columbia's reputation.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gum trees on Westwood Avenue should not be cut down

The trees are both historic and healthy, and the city should look for other alternatives to fix the sidewalk that is being disrupted by their roots.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Easy access to guns should be concern for Columbia

A key issue surrounding the violence in Columbia is the fact that young people have access to guns.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stephens College bridges should be more thoroughly inspected

New bridge designs proposed by Stephens College seem to hide beams, plates and bolts, which won't allow for easy safety inspections.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nixon has improved business in Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon has strengthened the Missouri workforce and infused the state with a rush of entrepreneurial activity. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trayvon Martin, the media and blaming the victim

The killing of the Florida teenager has the parents of many black boys wondering: "Is my son the next Trayvon Martin?"

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe has outstanding record

She has proven she cares about making Columbia a better place for all its citizens, not just a wealthy few.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hoppe exemplifies leadership for Columbia

Barbara Hoppe cares for her constituents, listens to their concerns and actively engages in the issues.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hoppe promotes healthy transportation choices in Columbia

By supporting many trails, sidewalks and intersection improvements and participating in safe transportation programs, Barbara Hoppe has shown she cares about Columbia in every area.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hoppe represents all Sixth Ward residents

Barbara Hoppe has demonstrated that she can bring neighbors, homeowners, studentsand businesses together to find common solutions that benefit everyone.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri's teacher retirement system remains healthy

Despite a weak economy, the Public School & Education Employee Retirement System of Missouri remains 85 percent pre-funded. A strong retirement system is vital to attracting qualified teachers to the state.