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Letters to the Editor

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

LETTER: Olmstead decision freed those with disabilities from segregation

LETTER: 'Olmstead Decision' keeps those with disabilities within community

June 22 marks the 10th anniversary of an important day in civil rights history. On that day in 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of two Georgia women with developmental disabilities who wanted to be supported in their community, rather than in a state-run institution.

LETTER: Setting record straight on two PedNet programs

Two of PedNet Coalition's programs will not receive any GetAbout funding next school year.  The coalition is currently fundraising to support the 2009-10 Walking School Bus program, which presently has no funding.

LETTER: Congress abandons Obama's clean energy jobs promise

By abandoning these promises, integral parts of the Clean Air Act have been repealed.

LETTER: 'Fair Tax' not all it's advertised to be

A "Fair Tax" rally will be held at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday. If approved by the legislature, Missouri could be the first state to have a fair tax in place.

LETTER: 'Pepper & Friends' important to community, KOMU's mission

A loss of "Pepper & Friends" from KOMU is a loss to Columbia, too.

LETTER: Missouri Department of Transportation should consider Complete Streets movement

The Complete Streets program, a movement that aims to make streets easier to drive, bike and walk, fell victim to MoDOT's lobbying.

LETTER: Health care overhaul should include more choices

If Medicaid covered home- and community-based services, it would save money and provide better care.

LETTER: Support McCaskill's smoking prevention bill

In Missouri, 10,680 people die each year from tobacco-related deaths. Sen. McCaskill is co-sponsoring the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

LETTER: Trapping methane as bioenergy has advantages for farmers, ranchers

Missouri Farmers Union supports cap and trade because farmers can be paid when their farming methods trap carbon in the ground. Mandatory animal identification is a different story.

LETTER: Looking at the whole issue of abortion

Anti-abortion activists aren't looking at the whole issue and often neglect to focus on alternatives to abortion.

LETTER: Keep 'Pepper & Friends' on the air

The show has spent years educating and entertaining the community. Please help keep it on the air.

LETTER: Roots 'N' Blues festival should be open to all

If the City Council approves admission fees, Columbia taxpayers should not subsidize this private-for-profit event.

LETTER: Blagojevich case shows there will always be corruption

While the former governer has received most of the media attention, little attention has been paid to those aides who worked for him, many of whom continue to serve in state government.

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