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Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Data stored from license-plate scanner should have limits

While the ability to scan license plates could be a useful tool for police officers, the temptation to misuse such technology is high.

LETTER: MU should seek cleaner alternatives for fuel

MU should look at clean, sustainable energy to power the university and protect its interests, which include the students, city and world.

LETTER: Health care debate being run by three opponents

Much of the discussion surrounding health care is being run by the American Medical Association and insurance and drug companies.

Baucus requirement unfairly targets young people

When trying to start a career, pay off student loans and starting families, health care can be extravagant for young people.

LETTER: Documents tell whole story of Albert-Oakland Park

George Kennedy's column on Paul Albert did not present all the facts. The Albert family asks that he present the documents he was given to supply all sides of the story.

LETTER: Media hurt pork producers with flu's name

Missouri hog farmers have been damaged by the name "swine flu." You can't catch the virus by eating pork, but you can affect livelihoods by avoiding it.

LETTER: Entrepreneurs need affordable health care options

Health care reform will help small business owners have more bargaining power.

LETTER: Health care reform needed for seniors

Government-run health care programs can be both efficient and effective.

LETTER: Seniors deserve better health-care options

Coverage shouldn't be limited to what is approved by Medicare and your insurance company.

LETTER: Sharrows are not bike lanes

Bicyclists need to share the road without unnecessarily impeding traffic.

LETTER: Tour of Missouri continues to grow in its third year

Nearly half the teams involved in this year's race also raced in the Tour de France.

LETTER: Governor's budget cuts will negatively impact state tourism

The Missouri Department of Economic Development has forced a disproportionate amount of its $11.3 million in budget cuts upon the state's Division of Tourism. Cutting more than a third of the division's budget will reduce the state's ability to advertise itself and also to bring in crucial tourism dollars.

LETTER: If state cuts $7 million from tourism budget, hotel workers will lose jobs

Representatives of Missouri's hotel industry estimate that 2,500 hotel workers would lose their jobs if the Department of Economic Development follows through with $7 million in proposed cuts to the Division of Tourism's budget. .

LETTER: Keeping 'Pepper and Friends' would send responsible statement

KOMU should not be motivated only by a quest for profits and is morally obligated to retain the community-oriented program "Pepper and Friends" because of the services that show provides to central Missouri.

LETTER: 'Cash for Clunkers' was good for taxpayers

'Cash for Clunkers' was a wonderful deal compared to the billions of dollars wasted on unnecessary weapons systems and in Iraq.

LETTER: Keep government out of health care

The government's track record doesn't make it too likely that health care reform will fare better than other agencies.

LETTER: Come support a moral vision for health care reform

Members of Rock Bridge Christian Church have scheduled an outdoor candlelight vigil 8 p.m. Saturday at the church. The vigil will act in support of a health care reform.

LETTER: Americans unaware of costs of nationalized health care

The middle-class will bear the brunt of the cost for health care reform, but do these Americans really know what they are getting into?

LETTER: Correcting some mistakes about Hearnes' legacy

Gov. Warren Hearnes was not the first governor to be re-elected in Missouri. He was the first one re-elected to a second consecutive four year term.

LETTER: Shame on the community for not supporting 'Pepper & Friends'

A member of the Columbia community protested the cancellation of the show "Pepper & Friends" on KOMU and expressed doubt as to whether the cancellation was truly due to lack of funds.

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