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Reader Opinions

GUEST COMMENTARY: Three cheers for Speaker Tim Jones' leadership on education

Despite the fact that funding per student has more than doubled since the Missouri Outstanding Schools Act of 1993, achievement has remained flat.

GUEST COMMENTARY: More efficient buildings can reduce energy usage

Sustainability with better design would help our community in countless ways.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We need more Arvarh Stricklands

What if brown-skinned children in inner-city schools had the opportunity to sit before their brown-skinned teachers everyday, who instilled in them pride and confidence in themselves and their academics to achieve beyond measure? More people looking like me, teaching people like me?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Stop the taxes

Fred H. Reiss counts the ways current, local and national, are affecting Columbia.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shortened name misrepresents Muriel and Eliot Battle

Battle Garden and Battle High School should include the first names of the Battles.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Voter impersonation fraud is a nonissue in Missouri

Since no case of voter impersonation fraud has ever been documented in Missouri, since our state is in the midst of major budget problems, and since it would cost more than $7 million to enact these laws, it seems wasteful for our legislators to spend time and money on this issue.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Boston bombings show how journalism has changed

Journalism today blends professional reporting and online interaction among community members. Both professionals and citizen journalists find it's hard to be error-free when things move so fast.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Providence Road traffic must be managed

Delay in making decision about Providence Road safety just delays making the road safer, too.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medicaid expansion would help Missouri's citizens

There is so much need to raise Medicaid eligibility to 138 percent of federal poverty level, so small community hospitals can stay open and provide vital care and stabilization to those who live far from larger cities.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Women's pay gap is an important issue for families

In Missouri, women are paid only 78 cents for every dollar a man is paid. This wage gap costs the average American full-time woman worker between $700,000 and $2 million over the course of her career.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Sen. Nieves' proposed legislation doesn't support law enforcement

I was raised with guns, and I can pass any kind of background check the feds require, as can my fellow law-abiding citizens. Who cannot pass are the ones I do not want to have guns.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Expanding Medicaid would help, not hurt, Missouri

Hard-working families deserve strengthened Medicaid and expanded health care coverage, and there are many good business reasons to do this.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ryan's budget won't help seniors

Rep. Paul Ryan toying with Social Security and Medicare in budget negotiations is concerning for seniors.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medicaid expansion benefits all Missouri residents

Medicaid expansion in Missouri would significantly boost local economies and is the most affordable healthcare alternative for Missourians.

 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Small businesses now have options for affordable health care

Insurance companies must now publicly justify every rate increase of 10 percent or more, which has led to a sharp decline in double-digit rate hikes. Starting in 2014, insurers will have to justify every proposed rate increase, even if it’s a 1 percent bump.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Evidence lacking in Ryan Ferguson conviction

There is overwhelming evidence of Ryan Ferguson's innocence; he has been mistreated by Missouri's legal system.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Women's health care shouldn't be put at risk

For every $1 spent on women’s health services, approximately $5 is saved.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Parents face challenges coming to terms with child's autism

Families struggle with three main issues when it comes to children with autism — receiving the diagnosis, handling the perceptions of others, and deciding on a course of treatment.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columbia needs independent, thoughtful leader

Having a forward-thinking, supportive and responsive City Council representative for your ward is a great asset, but what you also need is an independent and thoughtful leader at the top, like how Sid Sullivan would be as our next mayor.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Budget debate needs reframing

Big corporations have used their lobbyists and campaign contributions to rig the tax system in their favor, with some profitable corporations paying no taxes at all. But who’s investing in us?

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