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TODAY'S QUESTION: Should police be banned for 30 days from using Tasers?

The Coalition to Control Tasers wants the City Council to stop police from using one of their weapons of enforcement for 30 days.

Today's Question: Should raw milk distribution be regulated?

Raw milk, which isn't pasteurized or homogenized like milk bought in stores, has its proponents and critics. Some believe the processes store-bought milk goes through kills important nutrients, while the Missouri Health Department last year said it isn't better for children to consume. The state does not regulate raw milk distribution out of individuals' homes. Should that change?

Buying newspaper stock a pledge, not an investment

Investing in newspaper companies might not pull in the big bucks, but it helps show confidence and optimism for the future of journalism.

LETTER: Rod Robison is dedicated to Columbia

Rod Robison's volunteerism and emphases on bolstering business and public safety are two reasons to support the Sixth Ward City Council candidate.

LETTER: Rod Robison lacks experience to be on City Council

The Sixth Ward candidate has not served on any city or county boards, commissions, committees, advisory organizations or even his own neighborhood association.

LETTER: Hoppe is good for business

While businesses are important to Columbia's growth, the community's appearance is also a contributor.

LETTER: Rod Robison will bring balance to City Council

Robison is endorsed by the Police Officers Association.

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe has helped make Columbia a better place

Sixth Ward incumbent Barbara Hoppe has done a good job in the areas of community and transportation development, helping the council better utilize its boards and commissions and working well with neighborhoods.

LETTER: McCaskill right to support country of origin labeling

Sen. Claire McCaskill has the right idea in liking the Country of Origin Labeling Law and being against the National Animal Identification System, which she says places a significant and unjustified burden on independent producers.

LETTER: It's time to get to work

The presidential campaign, parties, parades and celebrations are over. It's time to get to work.

LETTER: Community will be hurt without Health Connection

The Health Connection is closing because of budget constraints, but some are willing to pay extra to keep it open. 

LETTER: Sen. Schaefer leads way in making Callaway 2 a reality

Measure would create 3,000 jobs and protect consumers from rate increases.

Compared to elsewhere, Mid-Missouri banks doing all right

While banks all over the country are suffering, experts say central Missouri banks and the local housing market seem to be doing O.K., all things considered. Many of those same markets elsewhere in America are in much worse shape.

LETTER: Climate change article an important read

A recent Missourian article on climate change gave attention to an issue we all need to be aware of.

Today's Question: Is it time to revisit the smoking ban in Columbia?

Is it time to revisit whether or not the smoking ban is working for Columbia? Should we consider exempting bars?

LETTER: Hoppe has dedication, experience needed for City Council

Barbara Hoppe's experience with Neighborhood Watch and other neighborhood organizations makes her the best candidate for Sixth Ward council member.

LETTER: Hoppe responsive to citizens' ideas, shouldn't lose seat

The Sixth Ward incumbent is not afraid to stick up for what is right.

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe a big-picture thinker

The Sixth Ward incumbent studies the details to make informed choices for the city.

LETTER: Robison a strong voice for law enforcement, development

Rod Robison's involvement in law enforcement and community activities, as well as his support for responsible development, make him a welcomed change for City Council.

LETTER: Hoppe has skills, passion for the job

Barbara Hoppe's experience listening to differing opinions on complex issues and making tough decisions make her the best council candidate for the Sixth Ward.

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