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Letters to the Editor

LETTERS: Debating the future of 'Pepper & Friends'

Columbia resident Dan William Peek recently wrote a letter regarding the cancellation of "Pepper & Friends," and that letter made it up the MU hierarchy. Brady Deaton wrote a response to Peek's letter, which Peek then responded to in kind.

LETTER: America needs and wants new health care

America is facing a health care crisis.

LETTER: McCaskill needs to step down, let a real progressive lead

Claire McCaskill is not doing the job we hired her to do.

LETTER: Rep. Mary Still calls for removal of committee chair

State Representative Mary Still wrote a letter to the House, regarding State Representative Cynthia Davis, requesting that she be removed from office.

LETTER: Columbia Apartment Association opposes TIF funding in city

There are several important points to consider before using Tax Increment Funding in the Tiger Hotel and Tenth and Locust developments.

LETTER: Real health care reform needed

Congress needs to pass real health care reform in 2009.

LETTER: Time is now for real health care reform

The president of the League of Women Voters of Columbia/Boone County and health chair of the League of Women Voters of Missouri express their views on health care reform.

LETTER: Sotomayor a wonderful pick for Supreme Court

The nomination of Judge Sotomayor will give hope to women, mothers and teachers.

LETTER: Taxpayer money for Roots 'N' Blues, not for Thumper

The city should not charge Thumper Productions a "discounted rate" for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ festival, and then charge admission to make up for the rest of the bill. Charging admission in any form would just discourage the public from attending the event.

LETTER: 'Pepper and Friends' has done a lot over 27 years

"Pepper and Friends" should be retained for the good it has done for the community.

LETTER: Everyone is entitled to affordable, quality health care

A strong message to Washington about health care reform is necessary if any imporvement is going to happen.

LETTER: New law won't increase electricity bills

The new energy law in Missouri will lower customer bills by encouraging additional energy efficiency.

LETTER: U.S. needs election system fix before it criticizes Iran

Before our elected officials criticize Iran's election system, they should look themselves in the mirror and make changes to the U.S. system, including abolishing the Electoral College.

LETTER: City sidewalks in disrepair

The sidewalks in many portions of the city are badly cracked or completely unnavigable.  The city needs to do something about it for joggers, walkers and citizens in wheelchairs who have no other options.

LETTER: Societal values define the term 'puppy mill'

While the U.S. Department of Agriculture has minimal requirements for dog owners, society sets a higher standard, which leads to the term "puppy mills" for the technically legal but inhumane treatment of dogs.

LETTER: Ordinance will protect cyclists against true harassment

The Pedestrian and Pedaling Network voices its opinion on City Council's June 15 approval of a bicycle harassment ordinance.

LETTER: Walmart a wonderful supporter of local charities

Walmart Stores Inc. deserves praise for its charitable donations to local programs such as Meals on Wheels of Columbia.

LETTER: 'Puppy mill' term offensive to responsible breeders

The term "puppy mill," used recently by Attorney General Chris Koster,  is derrogatory and should be removed from vocabulary.  Words should not be used to confuse professional kennels with illegal, unlicensed breeding facilities.

LETTER: Luetkemeyer opts for partisanship over health care reform

Health care premiums are through the roof, and Blaine Luetkemeyer and his staff need to understand how important the issue is to Missouri citizens.

LETTER: Cutting funds for Ellis Fischel doesn't make sense

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