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Opinion

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon's veto of e-cigarette bill was smart move

Even though e-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco, they do contain additive nicotine — also found in tobacco products — and so they should be regulated like other tobacco products for the sake of the public's health.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Too much regulation threatens ability to fight fires

The Department of Defense's decision to stop supplying federal firefighting equipment to states on the grounds that the equipment does not meet emissions standards is ill-timed.

DEAR READER: How can I describe the perfect day?

A rare respite from the heat in July seemed to put everyone in a better mood. Executive Editor Tom Warhover imagines the perfect story to go along with the perfect week.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nora Dietzel has strong qualifications for county recorder

Nora Dietzel's experience as a deputy in the Boone County recorder of deeds' office make her the best candidate for the job.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: "No" on highway sales tax; public transit is more important

Accessible and affordable public transit is good for all of Missouri. So why does the state largely ignore and underfund it?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hemp-oil bill should open larger discussion about legalizing pot

Careful reading of the bill that allows the use of cannabis extract to treat epilepsy shows that it sets up the regulatory framework for dealing with medicinal marijuana, now legal in 23 states.

DAVID ROSMAN: Fixing border problems will require change in Congress

It is time we remove the radical right from office and move in moderates and Democrats who will be willing to work across the aisle to return to their homeland those who are here illegally and to help stop the overflow of unaccompanied children sent by their parents to achieve a better life.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Finley Gibbs is the right candidate for associate circuit court judge

Finley Gibbs is an expertly qualified and very deserving candidate for Boone County Associate Circuit Judge. He’s exactly the type of person you would want on the bench — a balanced, thoughtful man who knows the law in depth

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote 'no' on the highway sales tax

Highway and bridge building and repairs should be paid for by the people and businesses that use them. If MoDOT needs more money, we should increase tax on fuels.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: 'Right to Farm' vague, confusing, one-sided

The wording of the Right to Farm Act raises questions about whom the proposed law protects: Missouri farmers or big ag?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Storm cleanup work was phenomenal

David Wallace's home and yard became a major staging area for crews working to get the power lines back up. He expresses his gratitude for the work the teams did in the aftermath of the July 7 storm.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri needs to think policy, not politics

This year's legislative session provided many more examples of partisanship at its worst, leading to bad law in some cases and failure to get necessary work done in others.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: EPA needs to clarify Clean Water Act for farmers

A number of farmers in Kansas, Missouri and other states are concerned that a pending clarification of the federal act will require them to give up some of their current farming activities or seek the EPA’s permission for how to handle water runoff on their lands.

GENE ROBERTSON: Lack of involvement might be our undoing

Many African-American professionals are a part of the perpetration of injustices against low-income disenfranchised members of their own culture.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Keep your teens safe behind the wheel

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers and more than 550 of those fatalities were teens.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Colleges have some work ahead to protect sexual assault survivors

Sen. Claire McCaskill has turned a spotlight on sexual violence at colleges and universities. She is working on legislation to help clarify overlapping sex-crime laws and strengthen campus disciplinary proceedings.

DEAR READER: How do you classify a storm? Depends whether you have a room with a (new) view

Monday's storm wasn't the roughest event in Columbia's weather history, but that didn't stop it from knocking out power in the west.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Signs of robust economic recovery are uplifting

The economy added 288,000 jobs this past month and 2.5 million jobs in the past 12, the fastest annual growth since 2006. Still, there are factors that are perhaps cause for worry.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's keep calling deer what they are — wildlife

Thanks in part to the Humane Society of the United States, and real hunters who were offended by the lack of "fair chase," Internet hunting is now illegal in Texas and most other states, including Missouri.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Consider new evidence in case of inmate scheduled to be executed

Regardless of one's perspective on the death penalty, all should concur our society is ill served by executing the wrongly convicted.

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