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Letters to the Editor

Political activity should be noted in political stories

People quoted about political matter should be clearly identified if they are politically active.

A smoke-free workplace is simply a matter of health

A Columbia resident speaks out in support of the smoke-free workplace ordinance.

Side effects of smoking enough reason to support smoking ban

Seeing a smoker’s lungs is enough to keep someone from smoking in support of Columbia’s smoking ban.

It’s time for politicians to answer tough questions

The fears of a recession and the futures of Social Security and health care are issues people need answers to, but politicians are dodging the questions.

Illegal immigrants should be of prime concern to voters

Illegal immigrants are invading America, and Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who offers a real solution to the problem.

Elected officials need to consults citizens before making decisions

From the Columbia School Board to the president’s administration, elected representatives should be discussing important long-term decisions with voters.

Media only giving two candidates a chance

The media is making the Democratic campaign into a race solely between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Teen driver story moves mom

A reader responds to the Missourian article, "Teens on the Road."

Missouri needs major health care remedy

Gov. Matt Blunt has done more harm than good to the Missouri health care system.

Pictures reflect Missouri’s natural beauty

Photos of Missouri landscapes remind Columbia resident to appreciate the state’s great outdoors

Only action can bring change

Our brave troops have done their part in defending our country from outside force; now it’s our turn. We are losing our freedom from within because of lack of interest in the affairs of our government and world events.

Women who give birth at home deserve the best care

With nearly 1,000 babies born at home each year in Missouri, it’s time for the General Assembly to do the right thing and legalize midwifery.

Candidates need courage to win

Candidates who will speak to the issues and offer solutions are dearly needed.

Marines in need of more support

Not all of the troops had a traditional Christmas dinner.

Is MU a public or a private institution?

The selection of Gary Forsee as president shows that the UM System is committed to becoming a private university, which will hurt the public interest in the long run.

First Night could be free to community

All residents who pay taxes are helping to fund this event, while many of those same taxpayers cannot afford to attend.

Missouri must be proactive to maintain clean water supply

Missouri is already experiencing drought, and local communities need to be good stewards of their water to maintain an adequate supply.

U.S. Senate should pass renewable energy bill

The bill would bring jobs to Missouri and help clean up the environment

Merrill's columns should be reinstated

Professionals in the news business weigh in on John Merrill's unwarranted firing.

U.S. torture practices need to end

The controversies over waterboarding and the torture of Abu Ghraib prisoners are indicative of a much larger culture of torture in the American CIA and military.

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