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Opinion

Drive-in church offers modern-day convenience to its congregation

The church offers families, the disabled and those who don't like to dress up in their Sunday best a way to attend church in a more accommodating manner than traditional churches.

Report from Missouri Information Analysis Center is absurd

A recent report released from the Missoui Information Analysis Center cites common qualities as warning signs for militant and terrorist tendencies. Those include: "subversive" literature, religious or anti-abortion paraphernalia and support for third-party candidates.

GUEST COLUMN: Criticism of Missouri Scholars Academy unfair

Margaret Bauer, an alumnae of the Missouri Scholars Academy, disagreed with columnist Katy Steinmetz's opinions on the program. Bauer believes MSA exposes its participants to various opportunities by creating a fun environment.

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe is always there when you need her

Barbara Hoppe's balanced approach to issues has improved the health of the community.

LETTER: Hoppe would continue to benefit Columbia

Barbara Hoppe has been a valuable asset to the community, and through her encouragement of debate and public discussion will prove a great candidate for the Sixth Ward.

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe is a tireless advocate for Columbia

Barbra Hoppe has worked tirelessly and effectively to make Columbia a better place to live and has worked closely with constituents to solve problems in the Sixth Ward.

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe's record shows her commitment to residents

Barbara Hoppe keeps up on the issues and is interested in doing what is best for Columbia.

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe brings wealth of experience to Columbia City Council

Barbara Hoppe has experience and is not afraid to make difficult decisions.

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe's commitment, talent should not be wasted

It is rare to meet someone who has the unique combination of intellect, stamina and heart that Barbara does. It would be such a waste to not re-elect Barbara and take advantage of her many qualities and commitment.

The Beat: One week to go until the school board election

With one week to go until the election for the board of Columbia Public Schools, reporter Ben Magnuson talks about some of the issues important in this race.

Today's Question: Balancing the city's budget

The Columbia Police Department was reassured last week by candidates for two seats on the City Council that the department's budget would not be at risk of being cut. The candidates plan to reduce costs in other ways.

Strong unions are good for America's workers, businesses

The Employee Free Choice Act would be beneficial to American companies, contrary to the apparent beliefs of many business leaders. .

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe deserves second term on City Council

The Sixth Ward councilwoman has the qualities and experience to navigate Columbia through tough economic times.

LETTER: Seniors need Health Connection to remain open

A Health Connection member says losing the senior-centered gym would be a step backward on the road toward a healthier America.

Novelty is not enough for owning exotic pets

After the last few months of snake-laden, monkey-wild, chicken-chocked news, it seems time to review what should be a pretty straightforward lesson: Owning unconventional pets needs more justification than novelty.

Daughter reminds dad there's still demand for local issues

Newspapers that want to attract middle-class, college-educated women in affluent families, need to do more work than just diversify into niche publications. They need to invest in hyper-local news.

LETTER: Robison the right choice to fight crime

If elected to City Council for the Sixth Ward, Rob Robison would support local law enforcement with more tools and funding to apprehend criminals. He is the only candidate to receive the Columbia Police Officers Association endorsement.

LETTER: Rob Robison would be a steadfast leader for Sixth Ward

Robison is genuine and reasonable in his approach to leadership.

LETTER: Robison's leadership, character make him ideal candidate

The Sixth Ward candidate has ideas to expand the business community in Columbia.

LETTER: Rod Robison will be good for small business

Sixth Ward candidate Rod Robison will make better decisions for small business.

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