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Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Stephens needs to treat its student like adults

Stephens students, who are required to live on campus all four years, will be forced to share rooms next year.

LETTER: Media ownership doesn't allow for free market, democracy

Corporations shouldn't have control of democracy.

LETTER: Restructured government would better represent Americans' interests

Instead of sending more troops to the Middle East, America would be better served by a focus on securing its borders. Meanwhile, corporate leaders have too much influence on government, which does not represent the interests of Americans as well as working middle-class leaders would.

LETTER: Leutkemeyer votes against stimulus for Ellis Fischel

A reader wrote a letter to U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer regarding the stimulus bill and the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

LETTER: Hoppe is invaluable resource to council, Columbia

A reader encourages Columbia residents to vote for City Council members on April 7 and to re-elect Barbara Hoppe.

LETTER: Nonsmokers unite in war on secondhand smoke

Columbia's bars and restaurants have already banned smoking. But one MU student sees the university campus as the newest battleground in what he sees as a war between nonsmokers and who he calls "the Marlboro Men."

LETTER: Postal service making big changes to weather economic storm

The Postal Service has been struggling to compete with e-mail and online bill paying for some time, but the economic downturn of this past year as had an even bigger impact. The Gateway District, which covers central and northeastern Missouri and southern Illinois, saw a 9.1 million drop in mail volume.

LETTER: Tell McCaskill to vote against future spending

Citizens are encouraged to contact Sen. Claire McCaskill about the economic stimulus bill, which was signed into law on Feb. 17, 2009.

LETTER: Help the Humane Society win a shelter makeover

All it takes is a few clicks and the Central Missouri Humane Society could be closer to winning a shelter makeover from the Web site Zootoo.com.

LETTER: Community makes Meals on Wheels fundraiser a success

Meals on Wheels was able to deliver 2,390 lunches as part of the fundraiser.

LETTER: Obama can't change America on his own

American citizens could help Obama by speaking up to Congress.

LETTER: Ameren Ratepayers shouldn't have to assume risk

Ameren customers shouldn't be forced to bear the burden of financing a new nuclear power plant, which wouldn't provide energy for 10 to 20 years or more. CWIP provisions will hurt Missouri's economy.

LETTER: Who is Barnes to bash Limbaugh?

There's a reason why 20 million people per day listen to Rush Limbaugh.

LETTER: Stimulus bill won't solve economic woes

History shows that spending money won't help; what will help is lower taxes, removing regulation and eliminating government waste.

LETTER: Congratulations to Kappa Alpha Theta on 100 years

Heart of Missouri CASA appreciates the good work Thetas have done for abused and neglected children.

LETTER: Just say no to Ameren's proposal

The energy company's proposal puts the risk of building another nuclear plant on customers.

LETTER: Senate should look deeper at Economy Recovery Bill

The measure includes funding for alternative transportation and would help create the "green jobs" that President Barack Obama has promoted.

LETTER: Don't let convicted terrorist walk free

Don't forget the bombing of the USS Cole in the changed political atmosphere; instead, contact your representatives — local, statewide, nationwide — to voice your opinion on the trial of suspected terrorist Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

LETTER: U.S. must develop its own energy

Besides wind and solar energy, nuclear power offers the next best alternative to securing America's energy-independence.

Superintendent finalists face new priorities, public evaluation

The Columbia Public School Board is narrowing down its list of five candidates to focus on economically savvy, community-involved individuals. The final candidates will be announced by Sunday and will answer public questions in meetings next week.

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