The Week in Comments: Proposition B, AP football poll, parks sales tax

Sunday, October 3, 2010 | 9:02 p.m. CDT; updated 8:15 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 4, 2010

*CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misstate that the comment was related only to MU and not the entire University of Missouri System.

Every week, readers of 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.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What do you think about Proposition B?

Comments: 336/Commenters: 49

Proposition B, formally known as the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, aims to prohibit cruel treatment of dogs in large breeding operations and sets standards for the nourishment, shelter and veterinary care of them. It is on the November ballot in Missouri.

The simple question sparked one of the most active comment boards in recent memory. An attached survey generated 3,149 responses, with 57 percent of them against the measure. Much of the traffic to the story appeared to come via e-mailed links, suggesting campaigns on both sides were e-mailing supporters to urge them to weigh in on the debate in the comments and to vote in the survey.

Much of the conversation happened between two participants. Connie Crewse, a dog breeder, suggested the measure was mostly the work of liberal national organizations rather than Missouri residents and potentially a first step toward increasingly stringent controls on agricultural producers generally. Cassie Morr, who describes herself as a dog stylist, argued that the measure was a perfectly reasonable one designed simply to ensure the welfare of animals. Several commenters suggested that, while the measure was well-intended, it was unlikely to have much effect because the facilities that flout existing rules are unregistered and uninspected and would likely remain so. Others suggested the most unreasonable part of the proposition was its limit of 50 dogs allowed in any single facility.

Nevada, not Missouri, sneaks into AP poll

Comments: 8/Commenters: 5

After winning 51-13 against Miami (Ohio) the last weekend of September, Missouri's football team still didn't make it into the Associated Press' Top 25 poll. That same weekend, Nevada made into the poll for the first time in 62 years.

Ellis Smith asked why this should be considered as newsworthy as potential reductions in state funding for the university system's* relatively low salaries for faculty members. John Schultz agreed, saying, "I went to Mizzou to get an education, not watch sports." Scotty Dont and Neal Hart disagreed, with Dont saying, "Considering that most of society tends to judge a school more on its athletic programs than its academic credentials, I'm extremely pleased with the state of our football program as well as the university as a whole."

Mayor voices worries about parks sales tax proposition

Comments: 5/Commenters: 4

Mayor Bob McDavid said a number of political issues related to the Nov. 2 election could affect whether Columbia residents vote to continue the one-eighth cent sales tax that funds the city's parks and trails.

Ray Shapiro voiced concerns that the tax money isn't marked as restricted only for parks and trails. "Personally I would like to see a request for something other than a Mike Hood P&R slush fund," he said. Park services manager Mike Griggs responded with a link to the city's list of projects to be funded by the tax and answers to some of his other questions. Shapiro responded with additional questions and said the proposal is still too vague. "The spenders at city hall and parks and recreation are given too much latitude with these monies and my confidence in their choices has worn thin over the last decade," he said.

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Ellis Smith October 4, 2010 | 7:47 a.m.

Nowhere in my initial post on the subject does the designation "MU" appear.

We are the University of Missouri System.

The substandard pay of faculty and staff (at least lower level staff) applies to UMKC, UMSL and MS&T the same as it applies to faculty and staff at MU. Surely the Missourian understands that! (Do you think folks at the Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis campuses are rolling in money? That would be nice.)

For the record, the System has now been in operation for nearly 50 years; it has now been 140 years since MU was the only campus of this university; total System enrollment is now slightly more than DOUBLE the enrollment at MU alone.

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Laura Johnston October 4, 2010 | 8:12 a.m.

@Ellis Smith: I'll double check and correct as necessary.
Laura Johnston, interactive news editor

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