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Opinion

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.

LETTER: Hoppe makes crucial decisions

In a city where many council votes tally 4-3, Barbara Hoppe is an important vote. She has consistently made decisions that are good for the community now and in the future.

LETTER: Hoppe shows courage for bicycle trail

Barbara Hoppe's efforts in finding a suitable bicycle trail have demonstrated her courage and foresight.

LETTER: A personal recommendation for Rod Robison

As a member of the University of Missouri's Track and Field Officials Association, Rod Robison showed his enthusiasm and dedication.

LETTER: Raw milk much more dangerous than article said

A front-page article on March 31 promoted legalizing the sale of raw milk and included only a few paragraphs about the health risks.

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.

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