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Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't be fooled by anti-Prop. 2 advertising

Yes on Prop. 2 will lower citizens' costs for new development from around 85 percent to 65 percent and raise developers' costs from about 15 percent to around 35 percent.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop trying to standardize teachers

The value of a teacher goes beyond test scores.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote to increase development fees

Rise in the fee will bring road construction subsidy to a fairer level.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Proposition 1 is a shell game that will be played again

With local taxes already high enough for any reasonable person, public safety should get whatever may be needed from the taxes we already pay.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Taxpayers should not pay to prop up developers

It is not right that Columbia residents are expected to pick up more and more of the slack when development fees don’t keep pace. If additional tax dollars have to be spent on new infrastructure for new development it leaves less tax dollars for other services our city needs and wants.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kim Shaw is most qualified for associate circuit judge

Kim Shaw, who is running for Division 5 associate circuit judge, has the necessary criminal and civil law experience.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Amendment 3 doesn't serve educators or students

"Teaching great" is never a one-size-fits-all idea as Amendment 3 assumes. There is no other profession expected to change the world every day and then measure with an assessment like public education.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri needs tax cuts, not tax breaks

If the economic environment is "ripe" for incentives, then it is also ripe for broad-based tax cuts.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop acceleration of climate change for sake of our children, grandchildren

A Columbia great-grandmother pleads for reduced greenhouse gas emissions and the use of alternative energy sources to leave behind a better world for future generations.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tell Department of Natural Resources to oppose CAFOs

Research studies highlight the unintended consequences of large-scale confined-animal feeding operations (CAFO).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Setting the record straight on home-care wages

Eleven dollars an hour is not only fair to vendors in the home-care program, it is a step on the path toward a truly fair wage for home-care attendants.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Support for Canine Cruelty Prevention Act should remain strong

The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation hopes bill gains support and is not misinterpreted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More leverage needed to fight factory farms

Factory farms bankrolled Amendment 1 so they can impose their unsustainable system of agriculture across Missouri.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop Opus from building an unnecessary student housing complex

The Opus student-housing complex is not needed and will add pressure to an already overwhelmed sewer system in downtown Columbia.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Five reasons to shop at a Missouri farmers market

In honor of National Farmers Market Week, Mark Cadle, state executive director of the Missouri Farm Service Agency, offers tips on how to celebrate the abundance of summer.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lack of Medicaid expansion stands in the way of health care success

Some states, including Missouri, have refused to expand Medicaid coverage as provided by the ACA, depriving 5 million low-income Americans of medical insurance and creating serious hardships for hospitals.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't believe scare tactics about farm amendment

Former state representative and family farmer Tom Loehner conceived the idea for Amendment 1 while sitting on his tractor. The bill will protect farmers, not harm them, he says.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' hurts farmers — and everyone else

The language of this bill is to keep "farmers" from being accountable. This helps corporate-style large farms, but hurts the family farmer, Ron Macher writes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Transportation sales tax will help solve funding crisis

If Amendment 7 passes Aug. 5, it will help upgrade and sustain Missouri's transportation system over the next 10 years, and beyond.

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.

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