TODAY'S QUESTION: Which local and statewide issues will you vote to pass?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | 12:35 p.m. CDT; updated 4:40 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Election day is a week away, and Missouri voters must decide which ballot issues will pass.

The local issues:


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The statewide issues:

  • Proposition A would amend Missouri law to set standards for earnings tax. If it passes, in St. Louis and Kansas City (the only Missouri cities with such a tax), residents would vote in April 2011 whether to continue their 1 percent taxes on income and business revenues. The amendment would also prohibit any other Missouri city from enacting an earnings tax.
  • Proposition B, if passed, would regulate dog breeders and the space in which they keep their dogs. It would include tightening rules about the design of enclosures, veterinary care, dogs' breeding cycles, access to food and water and the number of animals kept for breeding, according to a previous Missourian report.

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Anne Hogan October 27, 2010 | 4:36 p.m.

At puppy mills in Missouri, dogs are crammed into small and filthy cages, denied veterinary care, exposed to extremes of heat and cold, and given no exercise or human affection. These puppy mills are cruel and the way these dogs are treated is wrong. Prop B will stop puppy mill abuses by establishing common sense standards for the proper care of dogs.

The Humane Society of Missouri and many Missouri veterinarians urge a “YES” vote on Prop B.

To learn more about the conditions in Missouri puppy mills, you can view the HSUS's "Dirty Dozen" report at

To learn more about Prop B, please visit

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Allan Sharrock October 27, 2010 | 6:42 p.m.

If you want the facts about Prop B visit

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mark anderson October 27, 2010 | 11:44 p.m.

It ultimately is dangerous to newborn puppies. They lowered the range of temperatures that will cause harm. The mandate of cleaning a solid floor only once daily is totally lacking any common sense. Would you only change a diaper on a baby once daily? The open door unfettered access puts newborn pups at risk for delivery in frigid temps should a female become nervous/confused and happen to wander out in the cold. It does happen. 50 dog cap will financially break those kennels that have built new terrific kennels or have remodeled. Many are based on 100 dogs and these are family operations where Husband/wife & children work in the kennel and it is their sole income. I have several in this boat. HSUS is a non profit. No studies were performed in this state and no Missouri kennel vets were consulted. Missouri Veterinary Medical Association condemns this as do many organizations including 100's of vets. HSUS is in hot water with many of us as Barbara Schmitz attempted to discredit our colleague in a debate aired on radio. She fabricated an untrue story. Listen and learn.

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Terry Ward October 28, 2010 | 9:16 a.m.

Proposition B opposition is funded by Big Ag Corporate PR wankers
This will not affect the responsible breeder!
Whatever you think about the HSUS is NOT the issue here.
Only the lunatic fringe opposes responsible breeders.
Please pass around this link obtained via the Freedom Of Information Act
Be warned..the images are horrible!

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