Reader Opinions

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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you, City Council, for Medicaid resolution

Columbia resident Ben Edes writes that he hopes Columbia's representatives in Jefferson City are listening.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rural electrics should support clean energy

Electric consumers need to educate themselves about the true cost of coal, in dollars and in health and environmental effects.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Verified Response' system for alarm calls has limited support

Many law enforcement organizations instead support a model that maintains police response while reducing unnecessary burglar alarm calls.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri voters, not legislature, should make decision on marijuana legalization

The issue of marijuana legalization must go to the voters, not the legislature, Colorado resident Stan White writes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kelly's economic argument based on 'sugar daddy' theory

The sugar daddy economic theory is that the federal government will pay and not charge citizens anything. In a recent editorial, Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, stated that the federal government will pay for all of the Medicaid cost through 2016.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Government should not be allowed to limit free markets

When government takes over a market removing competition, it is no longer free to compete with other like businesses.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missourians have right to know what is in our food

There is no issue more profound than what we put into our bodies. Yet, we regularly consume foods that contain GMO ingredients without knowing it.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Displacing blame won't lead to peace in Israel

A flier by the Fellowship of Reconciliation protesting Noam Bedein's recent speech was doublespeak.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ryan Ferguson should have been allowed to speak to students

My tax dollars paid to prosecute this man who served nine years in jail for a crime he did not commit.