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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We provide answers to some frequently asked questions about Proposition B, including what existing laws would be affected and which facilities would be exempt.
Mark Foecking and Shelley Powers debated the extent to which the state's veterinarians support or oppose Proposition B. Ray Shapiro argued the Humane Society of the United States should lobby to have existing laws more thoroughly enforced instead of lobbying to pass new laws. Shapiro also provided links to opinion pieces in opposition to the initiative.
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At Tuesday's meeting of the Boone County Pachyderm Club, Sheriff Dwayne Carey spoke against Proposition 2, which would prohibit the use of Tasers within Columbia's city limits.
Mark Flakne said the proposition goes too far in preventing citizens from using Tasers in self-defense and warned, "Well intentioned legislation often has unintended consequences." Gregg Bush mentioned that Carey's officers still would be able to use the devices outside the city limits.
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First Ward Councilman Paul Sturtz and Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe raised concerns at Monday's City Council meeting about a truck operated by Tiger Mobile Advertising. City Manager Bill Watkins and Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill expressed concerns that any city ordinances that might apply to the truck also could potentially apply to advertising on city buses. The council referred the matter to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Several commenters described the problem as trivial compared to other issues the city faces. Rodney Haddock said, "Surely, in this day and age (Sturtz and Hoppe) can find something to aid in the economic recovery rather than something to hinder it." Jereny Elson and Julie Ellebracht expressed concerns about pollution from the truck, and Ellebracht said the truck could be distracting to other drivers.