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Reader Opinions

GUEST COMMENTARY: Consider new evidence in case of inmate scheduled to be executed

Regardless of one's perspective on the death penalty, all should concur our society is ill served by executing the wrongly convicted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gov. Nixon did right thing to veto abortion bill

Columbia’s Sen. Kurt Schaefer and Rep. Caleb Rowden both voted in favor of this harmful bill, which requires women to wait three days after their first meeting with a provider to access abortion services.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: MU School of Medicine committed to diversity

The students who shared their stories and experiences are to be commended for giving voice to a nationwide challenge.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Common Core will be supported by federal funding

The Obama U.S. Education Department committed $360 million for two consortia to develop national tests aligned with Common Core.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Federal regulations dampen prospects for business graduates

Employers should have the means to hire freely, but the uncertainty created by today’s regulatory environment has made many hesitant to do so, making job opportunities scarce for recent college graduates.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sex offender registry used as tool both for law enforcement and humiliation

The punitiveness of our sex offender laws, registry and restrictions are totally unsupported by any empirical evidence. It destroys marriages, creates homelessness and perpetuates joblessness by listing the employer and address.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Online sales tax would level playing field for all businesses

The current sales tax code is unquestionably confusing for consumers and companies.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let's say no to roll carts

Roll carts are not a good solution for everyone.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Right-to-work laws damage economy, weaken families

If right-to-work passes, the wage cuts that follow will leave families with less to spend, and that will devastate our communities and businesses alike.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Patronizing attitude toward women in state Capitol belittles important issues

From what I have experienced personally and witnessed first hand, Republicans, especially in the House, have made it very clear they are not interested in women’s opinions, Dina van der Zalm writes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Toxic emissions hurt every man, woman and child in Missouri

Juli Viel writes about her concern about the carbon emissions from the Labadie Power Plant and others around the country.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A public note of thanks from Michael Sam

Michael Sam, a defensive end for Missouri, asked that this letter be published today, when he and other NFL prospects will be working out during the school's pro day.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Millions of workers would benefit from increase in minimum wage

In a recently released letter, 600 Ph.D. economists, including seven Nobel laureates, supported raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. They state that the “weight of evidence” is that “increases in the minimum wage have had little or no negative effect on the employment of low-wage workers.”

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medicaid expansion will keep communities healthy

Medicaid expansion makes fiscal sense, and it will bring billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to Missouri.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Complex regulations on business stifle the local economy

Insurance broker Wally Pfeffer writes that he has encountered many business owners who have a hard enough time making ends meet without the added logistical and economic pressures of complying with multiple and oftentimes redundant regulations.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Peoples' Visioning addresses energy needs in Columbia

People's Visioning successfully designed a Net-Zero home being built by Habitat for Humanity and is now looking at other renewable energy sources for Columbia.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Using city money for private sewers is dubious

A request for public records indicates the pubic works director has established his own unwritten criteria on how to spend money to repair private sewers.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Schedule screenings to prevent disease, even death

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Women can start the year off right by taking charge of their health and getting Pap tests.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Clark Lane needs sidewalks first

The residents of the Clark Lane neighborhood propose building a grass buffer and then concrete sidewalks on both sides of Clark Lane from Woodland Spring to McAfee.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Grieving the loss of the Christmas spirit

The belief in the power of innocence and compassion has faded into Christmases past.

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