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Letters to the Editor

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.

LETTER: Remember those who sacrifice for the greater good this Memorial Day

War costs go far beyond the out-of-pocket costs of fighting terrorism.

LETTER: Naoma Powell made Access Arts an amazing organization

Powell's dedication and love of people has been an inspiration for others invovled in Access Arts.

LETTER: Governement shouldn't prohibit marijuana research

After a recently published article about the benefits of smoked marijuana for HIV and AIDs patients, some wonder why the use of medical marijuana is looked down upon in the U.S.

LETTER: Naoma Powell synonymous with Access Arts

Naoma Powell deserves credit for Access Arts' success.

LETTER: Access Arts wouldn't be what it is without Naoma Powell

LETTER: Time to deal with health care problem

A single-payer system should be a part of the discussion on health care reform.

LETTER: Missouri schools need physical education to combat childhood obesity

Even though research shows that healthy children learn more effectively, some Missouri schools are decreasing the amount of time students spend in PE class.

LETTER: Fair Tax offers simplicity, helps low-income people

The Obama administration should reconsider its tax code proposal and instead adopt the Fair Tax Act, which would be fairer to low-income people and bring trillions of dollars of offshore capital back to the U.S.

LETTER: Disabled voters should be allowed to get voter IDs

Disabled people should be allowed to get voter IDs.

LETTER: No reason to deny 21-year-olds from concealed carry

There is no reason to believe that 21-year-olds who go through the required training and background checks to obtain a concealed carry permit will pose any greater threat on campus than they would anywhere else.

LETTER: Conceal-and-carry on Missouri campuses would increase safety

Concealed carry opponents seem to have a difficult time separating the good guys from the bad guys and simply assume that all those who carry a gun do so for nefarious reasons.

LETTER: Tell the Missouri General Assembly to support fair tax

House Joint Resolution 36 would pass the fair tax at the state level, and help attract businesses to Missouri. Show your support by calling your senators today.

LETTER: Are concealed weapons allowed in the House?

Missouri citizens voted against concealed weapons and state legistlators shouldn't overturn the outcome of that referendum. After all, are concealed weapons allowed in the House chamber of the state capital building? If not, why not?

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