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NOW demands resignation of Larry Kay >> Letters to the Editor jtomek
To the editor: Missouri National Organization for Women (NOW) has learned that the executive director of the Missouri Veterans Commission has just resumed his job after a court found that he had ...more

Pragmatic approach to education is the answer >> Letters to the Editor mhavis
To the editor: The "Crisis in Higher-Education" is generally thought of as one of: Not enough kids getting into college College needs to be made more affordable The conventional thinking ...more

McCaskill tries to protect future retirees >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: When promises get made to working Americans and then those promises are broken, people lose confidence in their government. That's exactly what has happened to 32,000 Missourians ...more

Working to save the Shoal Creek Low Water Bridge >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: Thanks to some great research done by Kevin Martin, we now know a lot more about the history of the Low Water Bridge on Shoal Creek. According to a Joplin News Herald article ...more

Blunt's true record on Veterans' issues >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: I have often felt that Roy Blunt has a habit of speaking out of both sides of his mouth. As the Chair of the 7th Congressional District whom Blunt previously represented in US ...more

TIF arrangement error shortchanges students >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: It is sad and shameful to see that the students of the Belton School district, just south of Kansas City, have been getting shortchanged to the tune of $500,000 per year—possibly ...more

Convention & Audubon center reports flood damage >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: On December 26th-28th, 2015, we witnessed historic flooding impact in the Four State Area. Shoal Creek, a tributary of Spring River that runs through Wildcat Park, shattered ...more

Assistance offered to Missouri flood victims >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: The flooding in our region has been heart-wrenching. Because we' are a local portable buildings manufacturer, and have seen what your community has faced, we would like to offer our ...more

Bucking Republican environmental policy >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: Daniel Horowitz is the managing director of the Chemical Safety Board, a small agency charged with investigating refinery, fertilizer plant, and other industrial chemical accidents. ...more

GMO labeling shouldn't be voluntary >> Letters to the Editor wildblue
To the editor: It was both disconcerting and a point of concern to learn that Rep. Billy Long (MO 7th District) along with several other representatives voted recently against the labeling of food ...more

Senator attempts to gather data on dog treat >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: Dogs are more than just pets--they're family members. That's why when I first learned about a product reportedly harming our four-legged friends, i didn't need to be convinced this ...more

New group formed to fight for states rights >> Letters to the Editor wildblue
To the editor: Now that our 4th of July celebrations proclaiming our Independence from British tyranny are over, our attentions should turn to the tyranny coming from our Federal Government in ...more

Show me the money >> Letters to the Editor rbrendei
To the editor: Houston, we have a problem.” Those historic words uttered by Astronaut Jim Lovell in 1970 following a catastrophic event that disabled the Apollo 13 spacecraft, seemingly stranding ...more

Restitution demanded for cuts to senior programs >> Letters to the Editor mfarnen
To the editor: This week, the Missouri Senate Budget Committee proposed significant cuts to the Departments of Mental Health, Social Services and Health and Senior Services that in total will ...more

Issue of LGBT rights restated >> Letters to the Editor mjjarvis
To the editor: The closing remarks of the 16th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), Thomas S. Monson, in last October's LDS General Conference, admonished us all to ...more

GBE agent makes presumptuous comments >> Letters to the Editor reichert
To the editor: We will begin surveying in the spring,” a neighbor was told by a Grain Belt Express (GBE) land agent. GBE land agents continue to give the impression they will receive a Certificate ...more

Indignation over Ferguson riots >> Letters to the Editor ewoolsey
To the editor: The time has come for the good citizens of Missouri to rise up in righteous indignation for the criminal embarrassment that has occurred in Ferguson, Missouri. It is pastime for the ...more

Senate leader speaks about Ferguson healing >> Letters to the Editor lhieger
To the editor: “On November 24, 2014, the St. Louis region learned the results of the grand jury’s investigation into the events surrounding the use of deadly force by a Ferguson police officer. ...more

Reflection on events in Ferguson >> Letters to the Editor kauffman
To the editor: In the days since Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been an outpouring of anger and grief across the nation. My own reaction is simultaneously one ...more

Where was due process in Ferguson? >> Letters to the Editor awaddell
To the editor: The shooting in Ferguson, Missouri of the 18-year-old unarmed black male by a policeman is an example of a lawman doing the opposite of what is expected of a lawman--that is, to ...more

Debating pension funds and risk >> Letters to the Editor rathbone
To The Editor: The Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Public Schools Personnel (MRTA) recently sent an e-mail to its members warning them about the Show-Me Institute’s request for financial ...more

Terrorist Craig Cobb wants to return to Missouri >> Letters to the Editor staff
Craig Cobb, 62, in late April 2014, was sentenced to four years of probation for terrorizing residents of Leith, North Dakota, where he unsuccessfully tried to establish an all-white enclave. He ...more

Poor parenting skills linked to child abuse >> Letters to the Editor rhowitt
To the editor: In my role as a child advocate and former foster parent, I meet victims and learn of experiences that highlight the tragic and horribly profound impact resulting from child abuse ...more

Passage of cancer treatment fairness law is urged >> Letters to the Editor ctree
To the editor: Senators Ryan Silvey and Brian Munzlinger and Representative Sheila Solon are sponsors of a bill to ease the financial burden of Missourians with cancer. The senators are working to ...more

Follow the money...Comcast's trail >> Letters to the Editor pbehrsin
To the editor: Comcast Corp., the largest cable company in the U.S., is moving to combine with its chief competitor, Time Warner Inc., the second largest cable company in the U.S. Because the deal ...more

Encourage passage of Medicaid Expansion >> Letters to the Editor scook
To the editor: We are now six weeks into the 2014 legislative session, and there is a lot that needs to happen for Missouri to pass Medicaid Expansion this year. We need to be sure our legislators ...more

Republican support of immigration reform is wanted >> Letters to the Editor bturmail
To the editor: The fact that House Republicans have decided to make immigration reform a top priority for the year is a sign that they appreciate the fact that addressing this issue is crucial to ...more

Missouri needs TIF reform >> Letters to the Editor dstokes
To the editor: As the Missosuri General Assembly convenes for its 2014 session, it is imperative that they include reforming Missouri’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) laws at the top of the ...more

Roberts nixes exchange plan abortion coverage >> Letters to the Editor s-little
To the editor: The failings of Obamacare are painfully clear from loss of coverage to increased premiums, but the secrecy in the law raises serious moral and ethical issues. Pro-life Americans ...more

Sister seeks support for brother's appeal >> Letters to the Editor langelos
To the editor: My brother Weldon Angelos is a talented musician, producer, and loving father. But for the past 10 years his kids have grown up without their dad because he's serving a mandatory ...more

Abortion: Legislate or educate? >> Letters to the Editor lewcamp
To the editor: Abortion is an issue of paramount importance to many people. When does human life begin? There are differences of opinion on this issue. What do we know? In Roe vs Wade ...more

Tick bite results in stomach problems >> Letters to the Editor berick
To the editor: Some of you may know of this already, but in case you don’t, you should. The Mammalian Meat Allergy (aka Alpha-Gal Allergy) is a recently described tick-borne condition. It is ...more

Chris Christie, a wrong choice for President >> Letters to the Editor jruch
To the editor: Following this month’s elections, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was hailed as the savior of the Republican Party and anointed by several “Beltway bloviators” as the presumptive ...more

WMD swap game is replayed >> Letters to the Editor donald
To the Editor: Inspectors are reviewing the list of chemical weapons provided by Syria and working on destroying the known chemical stockpiles and equipment. However, American and Middle East ...more

Democrats are piggies around the trough >> Letters to the Editor ewoolsey
To the editor: Recently, someone asked, “We always hear about Social Security running out of money, but why don’t we ever hear about Welfare running out of money?” That is a very good question ...more

Billy Long needs to know the facts >> Letters to the Editor sherryb
to the editor (and readers): If you like the government shutdown, costing us billions of tax dollars per week, read no farther. Representative Billy Long stated in the Springfield News Leader ...more

Stranger pleads for justice for the Russells >> Letters to the Editor dswan
To the editor: Please share and help me get this out to the national media. It is a situation that happened in Joplin to Kevin Russell and his son. I feel this issue should be reported! I live in ...more

Muslim point of view regarding peace >> Letters to the Editor aram
To the editor: We can't establish peace in world forever, we can’t stop the bomb blast forever, we can’t stop the wars and atomic wars forever, we can’t finish the poverty from the world forever, ...more

Support for SEK-CAP is urged >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: I was moved to action by Steve Lohr’s recent guest editorial in local newspapers concerning the dire straits that face his agency, SEK-CAP, and the many folks in Southeast Kansas ...more

The abominable Snowden >> Letters to the Editor donald
To the editor: Edward Snowden is not a human rights activist, he is a loathsome (abominable) traitor and spy. He stated his aim was to inform the world about the surveillance programs operated ...more

Money encourages deaf ear on climate change >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: Twenty-two members of the House of Representatives recently sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, asking him to hold a debate on the House floor about the science of ...more

Justice for military rape victims intensifies >> Letters to the Editor staff
Trina McDonald cuddles service dog Shea. To the editor: I traveled to Washington, D.C., for the first time in my life to carry my message of removing prosecutions of military sexual assaults ...more

Joplin Globe's columnists are biased >> Letters to the Editor mckinney
To the editor: Marilyn Beasley and Paul Greenberg are often posted in the Joplin Globe. Mr. Greenberg's forum wasn't too bad today [May 26, 2013] but he usually smacks of anti-Obamaism, blaming ...more

Thoughts on government policy >> Letters to the Editor sokolow
To the editor: Nuclear threats made by North Korea— followed by terrorism in Boston--demonstrate the need for a strong defense. If we let the national debt get to the point where all revenue is ...more

Missouri's new reputation: an economic laggard >> Letters to the Editor ishmael
o the editor: More than a century ago Rep. Willard Duncan Vandiver concisely captured Missouri‘s political sensibility, telling a crowd in Philadelphia that "frothy eloquence neither convinces ...more

Make Key Bank earn acceptable personhood >> Letters to the Editor k.akers
To the editor: Sometimes I imagine that my son Cameron is still overseas serving in the Air Force -- and then Key Bank (HQ-Cleveland, Ohio) sends a bill demanding that I pay for his student loans, ...more

Apology not accepted >> Letters to the Editor l-ehrsam
To the editor: In response to IRS officials on May 10, 2013, admitting that its agents actively targeted Tea Party groups for increased scrutiny during the 2012 election, the nation's largest Tea ...more

HB 886 protects citizens' rights >> Letters to the Editor bmartin
To the editor: ...more

Call to arms for Missouri teachers >> Letters to the Editor ewoolsey
To the editor: I now make the request that all interested parties... especially Missouri teachers... become proactive in guaranteeing the future well-being of the Public School Retirement System. ...more

Contraceptive danger? >> Letters to the Editor jacalva
To the editor: Regarding the Emergency Contraception Pill, the "evaluation report of approved medication containing levonorgestrel" clarifies researches that give cause for the marketing of the ...more

Missouri has a gambling problem >> Letters to the Editor ishmael
To the editor: Policymakers have used economic development tax credits to gamble with taxpayer money for years, but the results have been disappointing. Missouri continues to fall behind our ...more

Roe v. Wade works both ways >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: The attorneys for a pregnant Texas teen are arguing that a minor cannot be forced by her parents to get an abortion, because the law gives her the choice to keep her baby.  ...more

Pope's message is commendable >> Letters to the Editor pkokoski
To the editor: Regarding Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas address, December 21, 2012: I commend Pope Benedict XVI for strongly denouncing homosexuality and same-sex marriage in his annual Christmas ...more

Do we need armed guards at schools? >> Letters to the Editor donald
To the editor: The recent tragedy at a Connecticut school shooting points out the need for stronger security measures to help prevent or mitigate loss of life at our schools. The emergency plans ...more

Missouri Senate contenders and earmarks >> Letters to the Editor pat-g
To the editor: The infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" helped everyone realize that earmarks were a abusive practice that should be outlawed. Unfortunately Todd Akin did not get the memo. Akin has ...more

People's rights revisited >> Letters to the Editor w-isleib
To the editor: Something Biden said during the debate with Ryan stuck; I couldn’t shake it. One of the last questions referenced religious belief and views on abortion. Biden indicated that he ...more

What sports has become today >> Letters to the Editor pkokoski
To the editor: Regarding the controversial referee call during the NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks and the AP article "NFL upholds Seahawks’ disputed win over ...more

NCAA commits overkill >> Letters to the Editor donald
To the editor: I am upset about the child abuse committed by Sandusky and the cover up by Paterno, Curley, Schulz and Spanier. The lives of many young children have been adversely impacted by ...more

Actions speak louder than words >> Letters to the Editor welchons
To the editor: This year the candidates for President will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising. One telling us of the heroic things he has done and the other telling us of the ...more

Drones monitoring farms is disturbing >> Letters to the Editor staylor
To the editor: The idea of the EPA flying drones over Missouri farmland is deeply disturbing. The EPA assumes that Missouri farmers are the bad guys and are overreaching yet again. The Obama ...more

Former MSSU student lauds SIFE >> Letters to the Editor jmehalic
To the editor: ...SIFE is a great student organization and is highly respected among corporate organizations. As a former student of MSSU, I would love to see the Plaster School of Business start ...more

Progress for humankind >> Letters to the Editor aramo
To the editor: Throughout history, men have committed true outrages—one of them is cannibalism, or the practice of eating human flesh by an ancient Antillean people. There have also been cases of ...more

Missouri House tries to shaft workers again >> Letters to the Editor jsipe
To the editor: ICYMI [in case you missed it], the Missouri House yet again has wasted time and resources revisiting an unfair approach to workers' compensation, even after Governor Nixon's recent ...more

Kansas senator wants health care law abolished >> Letters to the Editor s-little
To the editor: As then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said about health care reform, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.” Friday, March 23, 2012, marks the second ...more

Jay Nixon's veto >> Letters to the Editor jerrante
To the editor: If you want a case study in why Missouri is the worst state in the nation in terms of business friendliness, you need look no further than the behavior of Jay Nixon and his veto of ...more

Rush is the political equivalent of Gwar >> Letters to the Editor nicholas
To the editor: I have filed to run for Missouri's 133rd state legislative office instead of my (mostly performance art) campaign against Billy Long. In announcing I wanted to make yet another ...more

Potential new advertiser for Limbaugh >> Letters to the Editor bwey
To the editor: Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Georgetown student Sandra Fluke, calling her a “slut” and “prostitute” during his radio show has cost him dearly. In the past few days, groups such as ...more

Crossing party lines >> Letters to the Editor terrell
To the editor: Independent voters, affiliated with neither the Republican nor Democratic party, will be wooed in the months leading up to the November general election. As a voting group ...more

Hotline is established for wildlife problems >> Letters to the Editor angel-w
To the editor: We would like to introduce you to a new service available to the public in Missouri (state wide) and Western Illinois. We are the Wildlife Hotline, manned 24/7, and formed by ...more

Gingrich's marital affairs are fair game >> Letters to the Editor jasmith
To the editor: Gingrich's marital affairs are fair game, more so than Edwards's, Spitzer's or Clinton's, because only pro-family, pro-life, ethics-committee-chairman Gingrich hypocritically aired ...more

Vaccinations prevent hardship >> Letters to the Editor ssavat
To the editor: As a pediatrician, I see children admitted to my service each winter with pertussis, or whooping cough. These kids are miserable as uncontrollable, painful coughing makes their ...more

CLASS program needs immediate alternative >> Letters to the Editor kdunham
To the editor: The United States House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, to KILL the CLASS program without offering an alternative. This means that people with disabilities ...more

Questions are unanswered regarding Costa Concordia >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: Once again the Costa Concordia tragedy shows us part of the human experience is to feel the pain and the loss of others as though it were our own. As a maritime physician - in ...more

Many whys for the Costa Concordia mishap >> Letters to the Editor donald
To the editor: As a former naval officer; officer-of-the deck underway, independent and formation steaming; and qualified marine navigator and instructor, I have questions concerning the grounding ...more

Meaning of "Merry Christmas" is explained >> Letters to the Editor pkokoski
To the editor: At Christmas we are dazzled by the shopping lights of the season. We tend to forget that Jesus Christ, the true light of the world, is present - closer to us than we are to ...more

Will the real Gingrich stand up? >> Letters to the Editor jasmith
To the editor: Newt Gingrich was speaker, ethics Committee chair and Clinton's loudest critic during MonicaGate, which the "liberal press" tried so very hard to cover up that somehow they missed ...more

Postal service is threatened in SW Missouri >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: The U.S. Postal Service's plan to close the Springfield Mail Processing Center and move its operation to Kansas City poses a serious threat to prompt, reliable and convenient ...more

Apply for chance at a financial makeover >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: I am aware that your town has been affected by tornados and wanted to make you aware of a financial makeover program that might interest your readers. Local financial advisor, Jason ...more

Monsanto wants to sell GM corn unlabeled >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: Monsanto is at it again. Despite commanding over 60% of the U.S. corn market, they want more—they want to be on your plate. For the first time, Monsanto is marketing a ...more

Westboro victory is defeat for morality >> Letters to the Editor donald
To the editor: The recent Supreme Court decision upholding the First Amendment right of the Westboro Baptist Church, Topeka, KS to picket at the funerals of military personnel was a victory for ...more

GOOOH wants to throw the bums out >> Letters to the Editor kburson
To the editor: Congress no longer represents The People, only special interests. Do we like the way they have handled our tax money, economy, border, health care, Social Security money, ...more

Are you in the know about GOOH? >> Letters to the Editor terrell
To the editor: For decades many incumbents have returned to Washington with no other purpose than (1) to do the bidding of very gracious, deep-pocketed lobbyists, (2) do as they are told by their ...more

GOOOH seeks qualified people candidates >> Letters to the Editor rtnewsom
To the editor: Our forefathers designed the US House Of Representatives to represent the people of each of our current 435 districts. Modern politics has changed the House so its members no longer ...more

Never forget 9/11 >> Letters to the Editor jasmith
To the editor: Never forget 9/11/2001. Never forget Bush at that instant: seven minutes of dumbfounded silence. Never forget the next-day words of Bush, "Go shopping", and EPA director ...more

War on War on programs >> Letters to the Editor cgoodwin
To the editor: The propaganda machine in Washington DC has created any number of "War on" programs, including Lyndon Johnson's failed "War on Poverty," the "War on Drugs" and "The War on Terror." ...more

Amy Winehouse, no, no no more >> Letters to the Editor pkokoski
To the editor: Regarding the death of singer Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse's public decent into the primitive abyss of promiscuous sex, profanity and drugs is a reflection of a society that, as ...more

Circuit court judge's decision is in error >> Letters to the Editor cklein
Carla Klein of Renew Missouri is passing along this information. To the editor: A recent article in the St. Louis The Post Dispatch painted a gloom-and-doom slant on the recent court decision ...more

Patriotism and God have become obsolete in schools >> Letters to the Editor scasey
To the editor: "We sang beautiful patriotic hymns that only the adults knew because the songs are no longer taught at school." This was part of an e-mail describing the wonderful patriotic ...more

Kudos to Pro Musica et al >> Letters to the Editor Thompson
To the editor: Thank you for reminding me of the Pro Musica Pops Concert. It was awesome in a very special way. There was a palpable feeling of the spirit of the audience, of the essence of ...more

Re-dedication of Memorial Middle School suggested >> Letters to the Editor jkennedy
To the editor: Within the past few weeks, the city of Joplin, with much help from the region and indeed the entire nation, has begun to cope with the tornado's human and also its not readily ...more

Encouraging human sensitivity >> Letters to the Editor pkokoski
To the editor: Jesus warns us not to see the events in Joplin as somehow the wrath of an angry God. Evil came into the world not by God's willing it; but through the devil and human ...more

Crew of USS Missouri send condolences >> Letters to the Editor chinfo
To the editor: The officers and crew of USS Missouri [the fifth ship representing the state] extend their support and condolences to the people of Missouri in response to the tornado devastation ...more

Condolences from Chile to Joplin community >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: Joplin Dear Friends, I write from Chile very saddened by the deaths caused by the hurricane, and I give my condolences to the families of the deceased. May God give you strength in ...more

We the people... >> Letters to the Editor thatcher
To the editor: When Robert Gibbs castigated the "professional left" - and when Rahm Emanuel used a far more offensive term [f-ing retarded] to describe liberal administration critics - I proudly ...more

Loose talk only can aid the enemy >> Letters to the Editor donald
To the editor: As a former naval officer who served a tour of duty as an intelligence officer, I am astonished at the covert information released to the media by the U.S. government. The ...more

9/11 was why I knew I had to write for kids >> Letters to the Editor darciema
To the editor: When the twin towers fell on 9/11, I was living in the woods in a log cabin. I was shut off from the news of it until someone visited and told me. That night I heard about all the ...more

Government workers' fair share >> Letters to the Editor cgoodwin
To the editor: I see in the paper that the state is in financial trouble. The reason for this is failure to carry the global economy to its logical conclusion. In 1994, Congress approved NAFTA ...more

Don't change Prop. B in Missouri >> Letters to the Editor topnotch
To the editor: I'm pretty sure you are familiar with Proposition B, voted in as law 12/02/2010. In Prop. B there is no reference to cows, pigs or any other farm animal - as many say. Please ...more

In your face...or pants: the Patriot Law >> Letters to the Editor cgoodwin
To the editor: Recently with little fanfare in the media, the TSA airport passenger inspectors boasted that the Patriot Law allowed them to strip-search any airline passenger at any time for no ...more

Springfield's proposed smoking ban: a compromise >> Letters to the Editor nicholas
To the editor: As a cartoonist and former congressional seat hopeful, I normally focus my blog on national politics and web-comics. But last Friday, I brainstormed alternatives to the smoking ban ...more

Protection for rape victims is sought >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: Rape victims in Missouri deserve comprehensive, compassionate care when they seek help in Missouri emergency rooms. Currently, emergency rooms in Missouri are not required to offer ...more

Opposing nuclear energy expansion >> Letters to the Editor j-clark
To the editor: Nuclear energy is the equivalent of a vile of aged nitro-glycerin in a room full of playful, curious kittens. No matter how well you hide or attempt to disguise that vile, those ...more

Who should really foot the bill >> Letters to the Editor r_moore
To the editor: Everyone is concerned by the deficits, both state and federal. Deficits are not a good thing for the country. I am in complete agreement that something needs to be done, ...more

Meaning of Lent >> Letters to the Editor pkokoski
To the editor: Ash Wednesday (March 9) marks the beginning if the season of Lent. It is a time when we fast with joy, submitting ourselves to spiritual struggles in preparation for the sorrowful ...more

Bill Grigsby: In memoriam >> Letters to the Editor jkennedy
To the editor: Very unfortunate that the local alleged regular media, particularly ch. 7 teeeveee, chose not to mention Saturday [Feb. 26, 2011] the passing of Bill Grigsby, famed former Chiefs ...more

Vote no on Proposition B >> Letters to the Editor kcrass
To the editor: The deceptive wording on the ballot of Proposition B is intentionally aimed at misleading Missouri's voters. It's not about basic humane care; we already have regulations in place ...more

Decisions by Missouri parole board questioned >> Letters to the Editor dfrazier
To the editor: I think the people of Missouri should be made aware of the injustice and waste being imposed upon not just the voting class citizen, but upon those who have been or are incarcerated ...more

Ask Christie about Race to the Top >> Letters to the Editor jasmith
To the editor: To anyone planning to see New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the newest Republican darling, touring America with his message of reform: Ask him about "Race to the Top", Obama's ...more

Proof of ID needed for all >> Letters to the Editor allison
To the editor: In all the hub-bub of asking the common folks to provide proof of ID, we are failing to ask that of every single person that has run and been elected for positions in our ...more

Canadian seeks end to war in Middle East >> Letters to the Editor pkokoski
To the editor: I wish to encourage the America government to end its war in the Middle East. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979), one of the most remarkable Americans of the 20th century once ...more

Voter citicizes use of party ballots >> Letters to the Editor amenda
To the Editor, I am writing this letter concerning the voting process in the state of Missouri. Therefore, I am writing to the people of Missouri and every state in the United States, if your ...more

Right to Life endorsement is questioned >> Letters to the Editor holc
To the editor: I question the endorsement of a Missouri 7th district Congressional representative by the Missouri Right to Life (MRL). I am wondering why the candidate was selected when his ...more

Several meanings for BP >> Letters to the Editor tanthony
To the editor: The initials BP stand for "British Petroleum." May I suggest several others? How about, "Bigger Prices" since BP gas stations are usually five to ten cents higher per gallon than ...more

Columbia, MO raid is found completely unjustified >> Letters to the Editor niandra
To the editor: Regarding the SWAT team raid on the Columbia, MO home: Yes, the warrant was issued as a result of informants. The video came from a head mounted police camera. More info ...more

Opposition to HB 1551 is expressed >> Letters to the Editor t-harmon
To the editor: The Jasper County Libertarian Party expresses its strong opposition to HB 1551, which proposes new regulations for "adult "businesses. We regard this as a crude and cynical attempt ...more

Rep. Emery, CWIP is a mistake >> Letters to the Editor klsmi
To the editor: There are books to be written on why CWIP is a mistake but here's a condensed version in response to Ed Emery's piece: Thank you for the opportunity to air this issue where ...more

Off-shore drilling is an anathema >> Letters to the Editor midgep
To the editor: President Obama should be ashamed of himself for pushing a policy that moves America backward in our quest for energy independence. Instead of calling for more off shore drilling, ...more

Government pensions are unsustainable >> Letters to the Editor cgoodwin
To the editor: Like many Americans, I am concerned about the effect that government pensions are having on the economy. And this is not necessarily a matter of whether or not the pensions are ...more

Dear John... >> Letters to the Editor jasmith
To the editor: Poor John Boehner! So bitterly you wept as you bemoaned the Democrats ramming health care through Congress, and so pitifully you sob that they've violated the will of the American ...more

More taxes... >> Letters to the Editor r-stout
To the editor: It was recently brought to my attention by Curtis Dubay of the Heritage Foundation that some additional taxes in the budget were proposed by President Obama. The president says that ...more

Going nuclear >> Letters to the Editor donald
To the editor: Oil is a diminishing and expensive source of energy, and coal is dirty. Alternative energy sources, including solar and wind power, can only provide 10% to 20% of our energy ...more

Christian conservative comments on Obamacare >> Letters to the Editor oharward
To the editor: President Obama is presenting another proposal following another likewise rejected American national health care plan. May I propose that President Obama and all liberal ...more

Obama, get your priorities straight >> Letters to the Editor donald
To the editor: President Obama stated in news conferences in early 2009 the stimulus program will CREATE an estimated 3.5 million new jobs by the end of 2010 and unemployment should stay below ...more

Plea is made to join Lifesharers >> Letters to the Editor d-undis
To the editor: Your story about Organ Donation for older patients highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations. Over 50% of the people on the national transplant ...more

Obama, nuclear isn't safe and clean >> Letters to the Editor midgep
To the editor: On Friday, President Obama announced plans to triple federal loan guarantees for constructing new nuclear power plants in America to 54 billion dollars, and to form a "blue ribbon" ...more

Obama is not "sincere" >> Letters to the Editor midgep
To the editor: President Obama announced on Thursday that he would pursue legislation to fix America's broken financial system. Why have the President and Congress waited so long to introduce a ...more

Greetings from the Neosho Forums >> Letters to the Editor jackd
To the editor: We would like to thank the thousands of people who have supported our efforts to bring to light the good and not so good about our little community. The emails we recieve daily show ...more

Politics as usual passing healthcare >> Letters to the Editor donald
To the editor: When President Obama was campaigning for President he made a solemn pledge he would eliminate or reduce earmarks. He broke that promise during the push to implement the new ...more

Naivete of nuclear disarmament >> Letters to the Editor donald
To the editor: President Obama naively suggests the world can be free of nuclear weapons if the U.S. and Russia commit to arms reduction. Obama is negotiating a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty ...more

Lieberman lambasted for health care industry ties >> Letters to the Editor midgep
To the editor: Thursday morning in the Dirksen Senate office building, nine peaceful protesters refused to leave Joseph Lieberman's office until the senator agreed that he would stop taking ...more

Changing role of "the Church" >> Letters to the Editor mstapp
To the editor: I just finished reading a book which presents the picture of outreach fellowships which we shall call "the Church." In our land it stated that 85 % of these churches have plateaued ...more

Military strategy weakened by political influence >> Letters to the Editor donald-m
To the editor: President Obama is trying to decide our military strategy in Afghanistan. He is mulling over input from his civilian and military advisers, and members of Congress, but he cannot ...more

Reckless health care changes are proposed >> Letters to the Editor donald
To the editor: President Obama continues to pitch his reckless and unrealistic health care initiative to the public. “Big Brother“ Obama wants Congress to pass a bill quickly before Congress and ...more

Rep. Skelton: Don't speak! >> Letters to the Editor c-lacy
The Missouri Sons of Union Veterans plan to place a monument on September 26, 2009, to honor the men of Colonel James A. Mulligan's "Irish Brigade" at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. ...more

Typical Republican hypocrisy >> Letters to the Editor ja-smith
To the editor: Notice this: During Bush's Iraq war (of choice), Republicans said, "Support the President!," while Democrats asked, "How to pay for this?" Now during Obama's recovery (of ...more

Support Obama's healthcare program >> Letters to the Editor ddavison
To the editor: We all know the contentious nature of those opposed to President Obama on any subject and how loud and raucous, rude, and objectionist they are being on the national issues, ...more

Obama's judgment questioned >> Letters to the Editor david
To the editor: President Obama has confirmed my fear of having a president with terrible judgment. His recent accusation that the Cambridge, MA police “acted stupidly” in the arrest of a black ...more

Worker's rights are not redressed >> Letters to the Editor e-vaughn
To the editor: My son was recently fired without cause. He told one of two new bosses he needed off the next day and was given the okay. the next day he went in to get his check and the other new ...more

Obama enables adversaries >> Letters to the Editor donald
To the editor: President Obama damaged the CIA when he released memos describing the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on high level terrorists. He weakened the CIA when he said he would ...more

Dr. Tiller's senseless murder >> Letters to the Editor e-meyer
To the editor: I, along with the entire staff of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Missouri, am shocked and saddened by the tragic and senseless murder of Dr. George Tiller. Dr. Tiller was shot ...more

Taxing Moark >> Letters to the Editor dwayne
To the editor: It just dawned on me. Did anyone in Newton County ever inquire on what and how much the property taxes are/were on the new Moark facility? It seems it would be very high with the ...more

Godless society >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: We outlawed verbal daily prayers in our public schools in the early 1960s. Consider our Godlessness since: the drug culture; legalized abortion; the teaching of evolution and ...more

Anti-choice redefined >> Letters to the Editor staff
To the editor: Upon reading your article “2009 Missouri Legislature: successes and failures,” I wanted to bring a particular point to your attention. Your use of the term “anti-choice” is very ...more

Better screening needed for immigrants >> Letters to the Editor cgoodwin
To the editor: The recent killings of 13 people by Vietnamese immigrant Jiverly Voong in Binghamton points to the need to more stringent screening of those who would live in our country. When ...more

Massacre Madoff et. al. slowly >> Letters to the Editor jasmith
To the editor: Society deserves something back from Bernie Madoff, and all those other finance crooks. Enslave them in hard labor camps. Test all drugs, tortures and surgical techniques on them ...more

Eli Lilly Zyprexa claims being stonewalled >> Letters to the Editor dhaszard
To the editor: Where is the $1.42 billion Eli Lily Zyprexa settlement going as many victim claimants haven't been paid yet? It's the largest pharma-fraud-whistleblower case in US history. Eli ...more

Union salaries helped destroy US automaking >> Letters to the Editor oharward
To the editor: Bailing Out this Capitol Hill and UAW plan is socialistic insanity. Dr. Mark J. Perry, professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the Flint campus of the ...more

Regarding the Eckersley e-mail affair >> Letters to the Editor robinson
To the editor: As you may or may not be aware The Associated Press, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Kansas City Star had a litigation interest in lawsuits about e-mail. Further, there are fact ...more

A letter to Obama >> Letters to the Editor margaret
To the editor: (For Sen. Obama) I have had my eye on you since you were a keynote speaker in the 2004 Democratic Convention. I saw then that you would be bursting on the scene; however, I was ...more

McCain's record on vet's affairs is dismal >> Letters to the Editor hershelk
To the editor: Thank you for running the essay by K. Dimon – “OK, Missouri, Show Me”. Now, how about running a story on veteran's issues? I mean, I nearly fell out of my chair when John ...more

Pay the taxpayers, not Wall Street >> Letters to the Editor aball
To the editor: I have written e-mails and made phone calls to the White House and to Congress. I would like to know why our government continues to exclude the average American citizen instead of ...more

Just who's the big spender? >> Letters to the Editor cford
To the Editor: If you think of Democrats as “tax and spend," just remember that Clinton handed the Republican administration a $236 billion surplus which they turned into a $482 billion deficit, ...more

Sad facts regarding America's children >> Letters to the Editor cschulze
To the editor: In this election year, one important constituency is being overlooked: children. Millions of American children are in serious jeopardy today. It's a shameful fact that should be ...more

Compliments to Joplin and two friends there >> Letters to the Editor tharpole
To the editor: I am 65 years old, and I live in Maben, Mississippi, Oktibbeha County, 18 miles west of Starkville, home of Mississippi State University. I live alone, since my ...more

Disapproval for Sheriff Copeland >> Letters to the Editor lesbrand
To the editor: What Lonny Steele said about Copeland's report card: In reference to a report in the August 6, 2008 addition of the Neosho Daily News Sheriff Ken Copeland said it was time ...more

Circle of Hope keeps meth family kids at home >> Letters to the Editor joanne-c
To the editor: As your recent stories depicted, methamphetamine abuse is a major problem in Missouri. Statewide, methamphetamine involvement accounts for one of every eight foster care ...more

Readers asked to join We Campaign >> Letters to the Editor jean-b
To the editor: I've signed up for the We Campaign because I believe that by working together, we can solve the climate crisis. Will you join me? Just click on the link below to sign up and add ...more

Student seeks local peace activists >> Letters to the Editor cthomas
To the editor: I am a local (Joplin Area) student, with strong opinions against the current war, and war in general. I heard your name in conjunction with the "Joplin Independent" (very nice) ...more

Bible justifies marijuana legalization >> Letters to the Editor swhite
To the editor: Re: Push on for Marijuana Legalization, March 5, 2008. If Missouri had a ballot initiative process like Colorado, legalized use of the relatively safe God-given plant cannabis ...more

Cutting health care benefits is not good business >> Letters to the Editor fpreiss
To the editor: I am a small business owner and believe in the free market. Successes and failures of businesses can be attributed to market forces, societal trends, individual ingenuity and ...more

Blunt vs. Nixon: stalking charge alleged >> Letters to the Editor jfry
To the editor: I was at the roundtable discussion about health care and the effects of the Medicaid cuts that Jay Nixon attended in Columbia. I was there to assist one of the gentlemen in a ...more

CAFOs: the complacent smell of money >> Letters to the Editor aholtz
To the editor: It's wishful thinking to hope there will be a national moratorium on factory farms. On the editorial page of the Omaha World Herald Ann Marie Kuehler from Hartington wrote ...more

Writer wants highway put back into MSHP >> Letters to the Editor mariwinn
The JI received anonymous comments postmarked "Cape Girardeau, MO" in which the writer attempts to quote Col. James F. Keathley's September 2006 acceptance speech after being named head of the ...more

Streets near schools aren't parking lots >> Letters to the Editor jmfon
To the editor: I drive by Joplin High School nearly every day on my way to work. I can change my route; I don't have children to drop at the school. But driving the full distance of Indiana Ave. ...more

Funds needed for Bush monument >> Letters to the Editor imblue
To the editor: We have the honor of raising $5,000,000 for a monument to George W. Bush. I am contacting you in hopes your readers will be willing to contribute to this noble cause. But first, a ...more

It's not the judges; it's the law >> Letters to the Editor wright
To the editor: As a loyal Conservative Republican, I proudly helped return my party to majority status in the Missouri House in 2002 after a long 48 year absence. As the asst. majority leader I ...more

Are stay orders in Missouri meaningless? >> Letters to the Editor bevswe
To the editor: There are factory chicken houses being built near Roaring River State Park, Roaring River, Table Rock Lake and Mark Twin National Forest. Over 60 people wrote letters to ...more

Lawyer members' position defined >> Letters to the Editor blippert
To the editor: In the ongoing media coverage of the process for evaluating and selecting the three judicial candidates for the vacancy on the Supreme Court of Missouri, about half of all media ...more

Hog & cattle farms with no smell >> Letters to the Editor dtroeh
To the editor: From the Kansas City Star [Joplin Independent article is here], I just became aware of the question of Dennis and Chrissy Gessling's proposal to build a hog farm near Arrow Rock, ...more

Shake-up in Branson >> Letters to the Editor dapprich
To the editor: I would like to thank you for your previous article regarding the "Branson" name issue in December. It has been a long eight months of never missing a single alderman meeting, but ...more

Rising gas prices must be stopped >> Letters to the Editor j-clark
To the editor: Okay, enough is enough. I urge every citizen to contact our Missouri State Legislators and the Governor and Lieutenant Governor and demand that State, County and City petroleum ...more

Defeat of Missouri HB 978 lauded >> Letters to the Editor jbushart
To the editor: On behalf of the Missouri Chapter of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, I would like to extend our gratitude to the many citizens who recognized and acted upon ...more

Tourism boost justified in Taum Sauk devastation >> Letters to the Editor gsuntrup
To the editor: I am writing to express my personal opinion about the article in the April 7th Independent by: mariwinn While in full agreement with most everything else expressed in the article, ...more

Republicans, support the GOP platform >> Letters to the Editor oharward
To the editor: Our “GOP Plan of Organization” is assembled by elected Republicans starting from our local precincts, local county, Congressional districts, state, and our National ...more

Blunt robs SSDI recipients to aid the rich >> Letters to the Editor bob-pund
To the editor: Matt Blunt says he wants to help people on Social Security who make more than $132,000 a year by lowering their taxes. The problem is he is robbing from a very poor group on social ...more

Returned home and appalled >> Letters to the Editor nailknot
To rhe editor: I have watched the Wal-Mart mentality pretty much ruin Southwest Missouri. I grew up here, left the area and recently came home. I was appalled at the condition of the rivers, ...more

Beware of buying from a puppy mill >> Letters to the Editor m-cardin
To the editor: I’d like to help educate your readers about cruel puppy mills that are throughout the State of Missouri and how they can avoid supporting them. It’s the holiday season ...more

Plea to save our State Schools >> Letters to the Editor cbyrd
To the editor: In six days my daughter will turn 14 years old. When I was pregnant and learned I was having a girl, naturally I dreamed of all the things little girls love to do: dolls, tea ...more

Plea to keep open state schools for handicapped >> Letters to the Editor schlng
To the editor: I am writing this letter as a concerned taxpayer and registered voter. Recently, I discovered that the state commissioned a study to examine the future of the State Schools for ...more

A plea for a yes vote for stem cell research >> Letters to the Editor judd
To the editor: I am the California parent of an 11-year old boy diagnosed as autistic at 2. I never expected to write to a Missouri paper, asking you to vote for a Senator. But, the words of ...more

Will you continue the insanity? >> Letters to the Editor ajournet
To the editor: In 1997 oil industry and media right-wingers formed the Project for the New American Century (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, etc). They immediately proposed military action to depose ...more

Death penalty is questioned >> Letters to the Editor krista-o
To the editor: Hello my name is Krista Odaffer. I am a social worker at Missouri State University in Springfield. For a policy analysis class at Missouri State, I and several students are ...more

Constituent wants senators to be accountable >> Letters to the Editor rl-moore
Dear Editor, On 3-14-06 the United States Senate voted down and killed the Conrad 3013 "pay as you go" bill. The bill would have kept the Senate from spending money that it does not have. The ...more

Supporting cures is a no-brainer >> Letters to the Editor t-loudis
In Response to Missouri Rep. Ed Emery's "Will You Be Supporting Cures or Clones" found here. Dear Editor, Scare tactics and unsubstantiated rhetoric are unfortunate facts of politics in this ...more

Oops, I'm sorry... >> Letters to the Editor joeclark
To the editor: Republican candidates across the entire nation are struggling desperately to distance themselves from George W. Bush and the kakistorcratic [society governed by its worst citizens] ...more

Gay marriage and the downfall of mankind >> Letters to the Editor s-snapp
To the editor: This week I watched the Senate debate what was called by some, the most important issue facing Americans today, amending our Constitution so gays will never be able to marry and ...more

U.S. needs Kreider >> Letters to the Editor noblunt
To the Editor: I live in Wisconsin, and have been closely following how the 7th District’s U.S. Congressman, interim Majority Leader Roy Blunt, was recently named one of the nation’s ...more

Free jails of non-deviant >> Letters to the Editor niandra
To the editor: Police have arrested an estimated 771,608 persons for marijuana violations in 2004, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Uniform Crime Report, released in ...more

Supporting troops...more than a car magnet >> Letters to the Editor debby
To the editor: As Operation Iraqi Freedom continues it appears more people are concerned and wondering what they at home can do; how they can become involved and how they can support our many ...more

SUV owner? There's blood in your tank >> Letters to the Editor don-g
To the Editor: September 21st was World Peace Day and in over 100 countries millions of people and their governments participated in programs, concerts, dances and speeches to celebrate the ...more

Global warming linked to precautionary principle >> Letters to the Editor ajournet
To the editor: The Precautionary Principle argues that if the consequences of a course of action are unknown but suspected to be serious, it is better to avoid that course of action even if the ...more

Please excuse Minister Trittin >> Letters to the Editor beatrice
To the editor: I just found the shameful statement of our minister Trittin concerning the catastrophe in south USA. In the name of every respectable German I ask everyone in America and all over ...more

Bob Dylan revisited >> Letters to the Editor ajournet
To the editor: A generation ago Bob Dylan asked, "How many deaths will it take 'til they know that too many people have died?" Dylan's question, resonating through America, helped support our ...more

Consitutent attacks government rationale >> Letters to the Editor ronm
Dear Editor: Notices were mailed out to Medicaid recipients notifying them of changes in eligibility requirements. The next day, the paper work specifically outlining these changes was mailed ...more

Republican values gone amok >> Letters to the Editor emma
To the editor: Since the Bush-Cheney team was elected last November and the Republicans increased control of Congress, GOP objectives have become increasingly clear. In the few months that they ...more

Thanks! >> Letters to the Editor s-linds
To the editor: Thank you so much for your recent story on my Missouri Easter Egg at the White House. It was great! I especially appreciated your e-mail letting me know of the story's posting. ...more

Vote against CAFO is vote for animal welfare >> Letters to the Editor jbalk
To the editor: Thanks to Mark Adams for bringing to light the devastating impact that factory farms pose to our environment ("The CAFO bill - legislation gone awry," April 16). Not only is ...more

Gulf widens between wealthy elite and common man >> Letters to the Editor earthpax
To the editor: I am shocked that our senators and representatives in Jefferson City are even considering passing a bill that would allow CAFOs to buy property next to your farm without even a ...more

Animal welfare sacrificed with environment >> Letters to the Editor emeier
Dear Editor: In reference to the unregulated expansion of pollution-spewing factory farms, Mari Winn stated "The environment is easily sacrificed in the name of the almighty dollar" (Neosho CAFO ...more






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