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Opinion

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.

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.

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