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The week in comments: Downtown policing, restricting Planned Parenthood, 'childish' secession threats

Sunday, April 18, 2010 | 6:57 p.m. CDT; updated 11:21 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Every week, readers of ColumbiaMissourian.com offer their opinions on the news and the Missourian's coverage of it. Here, we offer you a digest of some of the conversations we found most interesting. Click any of the links to join in.

Downtown Columbia becomes safer with 'problem-oriented policing,' police say
Comments: 11 /Commenters:
6

Police say if the amount of alcohol a downtown patron is served is regulated, then crimes will go down.

Reader Ray Shapiro suggests that Columbia become a "dry city" in order to get rid of all problems alcohol related. Many readers disagree, Mark Foecking saying the alcohol sales generates too much revenue for the city to shut it down. 

COLUMN: Politicans' secession threats are childish
Comments: 7 / Commenters: 5

David Rosman's latest column discusses the threats of succession from politicians who don't approve of the health care reform. He calls the threats childish and says that the proper place for the argument is in federal courts.

Rosman's opinion and word choice started a debate among Missourian commenters.

Paul Imhoff said, "I consider it at least hypocritical to call others names in your defense of calling them childish." William Monroe responded to Imhoff's post disagreeing that the Constitution has been shredded, pointing out various reasons that he feels it is still very alive. John Schultz responded to Monroe's comment saying, "General welfare is what you are thinking of, and it has nothing to do with welfare programs as we currently know them.."

Columbia Planned Parenthod could face new restrictions
Comments: 6 / Commenters: 6

A bill passed by the Missouri legislature will require new steps to be taken by all patients seeking an abortion, including viewing the ultrasound.

Reader Bonnie Potter thinks this is a good move, saying "For too long abortion has been glossed over as a 'woman's right to choose.'" Reader Kevin Gamble thinks it is invasive.

Tea party supporters rally in Jefferson City
Comments: 6 / Commenters: 4

This article discusses a tea party movement rally held on Tuesday in Jefferson City. In the article members of the tea party refute stereotypes about the party, including a member who spoke out against "media propagana and racial iconagraphy he said are associated with the tea party movement" and a statement that saying it is a people movement, not a Republican movement.

Carl Kabler was the first to comment saying, "I dunno, it seems to me while the so called "Tea Party" movement certainly raises some valid issues, IMO, at the same time they seem to have been taken over by simply more of the same ol 'status quo'type gatekeepers." Carson Dugal said he thinks "the reason behind most of our troubles and the need for TEA Parties is the government's ability to print up whatever money it wants to get their way." Dan Dothage commented on the racial factor, among other things, stating, "Who cares what the color of someone's skin in or their gender? If they have crappy policies and purposefully want to harm America, get them out of office!"

Police use body cameras, ID scanners to limit underage drinking
Comments: 6 /Commenters: 3

Police are now wearing small cameras on their uniforms to record incidents in downtown Columbia as they occur. They are also using ID scanners to detect fake IDs.

Reader Ray Shapiro says that finding underage patrons should be up to the establishments, not the police. "The police should then enforce liquor licensing laws on the business." Carl Kabler says that he thinks the cameras could be a good idea.

Representatives ask attorney general over health care law
Comments: 4/ Commenters: 4

Attorneys general in 14 states are suing the federal government over health care reform. Missouri representatives asked attorney General Chris Koster to do the same, but at a hearing Tuesday his sponsor said Koster will not pursue a lawsuit against a federal government.


A discussion began among Missourian readers about the health care reform itself:

DeAnna Noriega was the first to comment. Her comment included the statement that, "Proponents object to the high cost of health care on one hand and then decry the means to lower it by having everyone obligated to pay for it." Dan Dothage responded saying, "What people like you do not realize is that it's not about health care and providing for those who are too poor... No, instead it's about the Government running every aspect of your life so that you do not have a decision of your own. These elitists think that they can run your life better than you can."


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