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Letters to the Editor

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

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.

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