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.
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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.
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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."
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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.