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Reader Opinions

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri should not delay access to health care

The problem of uninsured Missouri residents impacts everyone. The uninsured miss out on preventive care and management of chronic illnesses that could keep them out of emergency rooms and hospitals.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Article gives wrong impression about UM Press

I eagerly await the selection of a permanent Director of the Press and look forward to discussions with that person about future directions of the Press.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Immigration bill is right step for international students

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton believes the Senate's immigration bill will provide international students a clear path to stay in the U.S. after graduation to create new American jobs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's time to stand up for rural Missouri

This year's bill required some Missouri-style compromise and commonsense — and while nobody got everything they wanted, it's a bill that we can all be proud of, and that passed the Senate with a large bipartisan majority.

GENE ROBERTSON: Humans were created for unity

There is nothing as rich as the development and remembrance of a shared experience. On the other hand, there is nothing as frustrating as a lack of unity in an experience or endeavor requiring it.

J. KARL MILLER: How the shadow of Big Brother looms over Washington

The disclosure of data mining has aroused condemnation at both ends of the political spectrum. The far right and the far left alike have criticized this as an invasion of privacy. Either way, though, it's time for the Obama administration to be more transparent.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri senators form partnership to prevent sexual abuse in the military

The news about sexual violence against both women and men in our nation’s military services is so egregious that political combatants have joined forces to fight the issue and end the abuse.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Join cause to find space for needed services in Columbia

The Interfaith Day Center at 616 Park Ave. in the First Ward is a daytime drop-in and referral hub.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Public needs to see UM Press budget numbers

It would be worth reporting on budget allocations for the UM Press for the current year and the proposed fiscal year.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A special prosecutor is needed to probe Obama administration

Republicans and others are calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the allegations against the Obama administration.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Social Security continues as fight between Main Street, elite

The effort to cut Social Security benefits isn't a left vs. right argument. Instead, it's a fight between Main Street and the Wall Street elite.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nixon's veto stopped tax cuts that were dangerous for Missouri

Although Missouri's tax system does need updating in a way that supports the common good, House Bill 253 would have hurt the state.

 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia airport needs our business more than tax money

Before spending millions of dollars on a terminal expansion, taxpayers in Columbia should commit to using their regional airport whenever practical rather than driving to St. Louis or Kansas City.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Is university's trayless effort necessary?

One of the most important parts of the college experience is to learn how to handle freedom, and exhibit self-control.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Guns in schools is not the answer

It’s not right for someone young to be exposed to something so deadly as a gun. Children should not be exposed to guns — especially in schools.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: NRA should help draft crime-fighting bill

The NRA would support Congress instead of fight members if it could help draft legislation.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Confusion about 'reading wars' is about terminology

The confusion regarding the "reading wars" lies in the technology. What a recently published article in the Missourian calls “phonics-based instruction” is actually “intensive systematic phonics instruction,” a view of phonics that insists we teach all children all the major rules of phonics in a strict order.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kevin Crane is an inappropriate commencement speaker

There are not enough words to illustrate how disgusted I am by your decision to allow Kevin Crane to speak at commencement. Kevin Crane is a monster. I believe he is single-handedly responsible for keeping an innocent man, Ryan Ferguson, behind bars.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Time is running out to fix Second Injury Fund

The fund is part of the way workers are compensated for serious work-related injuries whch leave them permanently unable to work. Sadly, the fund is now bankrupt.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you to the MU community

A fundraising lunch raised more than $6,000 in donations for a young couple struggling to pay for cancer treatment. Donations are still being contributed.

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