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Opinion

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposed gun amendment seriously endangers public safety

Amendment 5, known as the "Right to Bear Arms" amendment, is unnecessary and will make it easier for violent criminals to possess firearms.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' is for corporations, not families

The “right to farm” measure, in the form of Amendment 1, doesn’t make good sense as an amendment to our constitution.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Community will miss Jerry Wade

Jerry will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to work with him.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Farm amendment would do more harm than good

The Missouri Farmers Union, the Humane Society of Missouri, the League of Women Voters of Missouri and many agricultural and economic experts oppose the bill.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Imprecise language raises questions about "Right to Farm"

The selective wording in both the amendment and ballot language leaves too much room for interpretation.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Reject lottery amendment, despite worthy cause

There is a fear that the addition of a veterans lottery will siphon money from Missouri education.

DAVID ROSMAN: Legislators' e-cigarettes votes expose influence of big business

In a time when Missouri residents are becoming more aware of the negative effects of tobacco products, the idea of the tobacco industry funding election campaigns will continue to add salt to a wound that is slowly festering.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: So many good reasons to reject the transportation sales tax

The measure would enact a sales tax to help fund state and local highways, roads, bridges and transportation projects for 10 years.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We need to ensure quality medical care for all

Today, Medicare and Medicaid are arguably our country’s single most important anti-poverty initiatives.

DEAR READER: 'Word Crimes' creates complicated discussion of language

While comedian Weird Al's 'Blurred Lines' parody sparked a rewarding conversation about grammar, some take issue with statements made in the song.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It may be too easy to buy influence in this state

Politics at the state level have always had their raw edges, a toughness that is not publicly visible to those who see only floor debates and committee hearings.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nora Dietzel deserves votes for Boone County Recorder

Nora Dietzel has worked in the recorder's office for the past 17 years. Her experience would ensure a seamless transition from the current recorder.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sales tax increase for MoDOT is unfair, unnecessary

On Aug. 5, Missourians will be voting on Amendment 7, the largest tax increase in the history of Missouri. MoDOT claims they need more funding, and this ballot issue will increase everyone’s sales taxes 10 percent. It’s a regressive tax that will unfairly affect working families, the elderly, the poor and students.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Yes, we need mass transit, but we cannot neglect our highways

While we need to increase mass transit programs and reduce vehicular air pollution, we need not achieve that goal by neglecting our very necessary highways and bridges.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Know about sunblock ingredients before applying it

For those concerned about the chemicals we put on our bodies, sunblock represents a double-edged sword.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' is right to abuse

The amendment is aimed at protecting the rights of the most abusive commercial agriculture. It gives a blank check to CAFOs, puppy mills and other nonfamily farming.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kimberly Shaw has experience to be circuit court judge

Kim Shaw practices in Division 5 several times a week. She is well-versed in both criminal and civil law. Having practiced for 25 years, she is a seasoned attorney. She’s what Boone County needs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Finley Gibbs right choice for circuit court

Finley Gibbs exhibits many of the characteristics desirable in a judge — fairness, compassion, rationality, and an ability to analyze complex situations and form a cohesive and persuasive argument.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Transportation sales tax positively impacts all Missourians

Gas tax revenue is an increasingly unstable revenue source. It would be shortsighted, and foolish, to present voters with a transportation funding solution that will have declining revenues from the very beginning of its passage.

DEAR READER: It's almost time again to get smart on politics

As the Aug. 5 election approaches, voters guides update Missouri residents about hot-button issues.

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