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Reader Opinions

GUEST COMMENTARY: Immigration reform could help agriculture, boost economic growth

The majority of our agriculture workforce is made up of immigrants, and their hard work has helped America's farmers and ranchers lead the world.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Politicians should consider facts before making claims

Politicians continue to spread false claims about women's health issues.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columnist's assumptions do not represent facts

Your insinuation that no American who is not poor would be motivated to serve his country by volunteering for the military is an insult to thousands of patriotic soldiers.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Police chief shows strength of character in fight against 'thugs'

We have a chief of police who is of the highest character, and the answer to our prayers after all  — someone who is willing to stand up for the count, no matter the criticism he must take to do so. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columbia residents must take action against crime

Police chief must be forced out if city is to get tough on crime.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hartzler's stance puts politics ahead of constituents

It’s genuinely disappointing that politicians like Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler continue to put politics over the health and economic benefits the law provides to Missourians.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Congresswoman's time should be spent on finding solutions

No, you haven't been "working hard and passing bills to address America's fragile economy and to protect all Americans"; rather, you have been wasting your time voting 38 or 39 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which could rescue millions of Americans who need health care.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Slaughterhouses don't belong in Missouri

A horse slaughterhouse could be an environmental nightmare for the neighboring community.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nullification helps keep federal government in check

By declaring the Sedition Act unconstitutional, Kentucky and Virginia each protected its own residents' rights to free speech and free press.

ROSE NOLEN: Don't depend on politicians to make the situation better

Americans need to band together to figure out how to fix the economy because people need jobs and families need to survive.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri residents need to veto government overreach

Gov. Jay Nixon's state agencies are playing free and loose with our personal data.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We must reclaim the promise of a great public education

Without a great public education, that core promise our nation makes to all children, they won’t have the preparation they need to get a good job and grow our economy.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Using natural gas for the city fleet is ill-advised

Is the city considering the broader impact of using natural gas vehicles?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Affordable Care Act is right for consumers, insurance companies

Insurance companies are quick to blame the new requirements for premium increases, but premiums increased 131 percent in an unregulated market from 2000 to 2011.

GENE ROBERTSON: Gap between franchised and disenfranchised remains wide

Prejudice and discrimination profiteering is still occurring on the backs of the poor and other disenfranchised groups.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: To address crime, we need overhaul of Police Department

We do not need a task force for crime in this town. We need the resignation of an ineffective police chief.

ROSE NOLEN: Taking a look at sleep, surgery and summer vacation

Missouri is a great place to spend the summer exploring.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Curfews are not the solution to youth crime in Columbia

Curfews raise many questions about enforcement and foster increased rebellion.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislation is a critical step toward high-speed broadband access for Missouri

House Bill 331 would bring uniformity to Missouri's current guidelines and result in expanded wireless networks.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Washington must address corporate tax reform

If big corporations would pay their fair share, money would be available for critical, life-saving programs.

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