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Letters to the Editor

Poor Missourians need safety net

With all the medical expenses not covered by Medicaid, people do not have enough money to live on.

MU Muslim Student Organization spokesman retracts statement about Ramadan

Allison Ross wrote a great cover piece on Quran recitation during the month of Ramadan. It was insightful, and for once, Muslims looked like quite amiable people in the news. Until I had to open my big mouth.

Selling park land for new high school is a win-win situation

The City Council and Columbia Public School District would benefit from using Cosmo Park land for the school.

Rep. Ed Robb should rethink importance of several state universities

At a recent luncheon, Robb characterized several state universities such as Harris-Stowe State University as unnecessary and a waste of state funds.

Health insurance program produces healthy children

The expansion of the program was vetoed by President Bush despite a bipartisan compromise by both of Missouri’s U.S. senators.

Could airport funds create a monopoly?

Instead of running the risk of creating a monopoly by luring one airline to the area, the airport would be better served extending the runway and bringing in more traffic.

UM research suppressed by lawmakers

A reader says state lawmakers who are interested only in toeing the party line are hindering legitimate academic inquiry and scientific research at the university.

Nothing stems from blocked research

A reader living with paralysis worries that attacks on stem cell research infringe on patients’ rights.

Remote location for new high school could drain tax dollars

Money needed for infrastructure and busing costs would be better spent on education.

New high school should be located in north Columbia

A good location for the new high school is Smiley Lane and Missouri 763.

New high school should be pedestrian-friendly

Rising childhood obesity and increased fuel costs, among other factors, are reasons why Columbia should locate its new high school close enough that students can commute using nonmotorized modes.

Consider Cosmo Park as the site for the new high school

Cosmopolitan Park offers a number of reasons to be considered as the site for the city’s new high school.

Funding priorities should shift to infrastructure

State and federal politicians should spend tax dollars more wisely by pulling out of Iraq and re-investing in infrastructure.

Distasteful journalism should not be tolerated; residents must stand up for African-Americans

Take some lessons from the recent Missourian article, entitled “The Saga of the Warrens” (Aug. 25) if you want to know how African-Americans are really regarded by some of the Columbia community and MU.

Thank you from Special Olympics Missouri

Mark Musso, president and CEO of Special Olympics Missouri, thanks everyone who contributed to the success of the 2007 State Outdoor Sports Classic and encourages involvement in other Central Area activities.

Worley and Ash streets feel traffic crunch

The city's plan to use Worley and Ash streets to diffuse congestion creates heavier traffic and safety issues in central Columbia neighborhoods.

Bush makes mess in Middle East

It looks like President George W. Bush is going to leave the Iraq mess for our next president. He has opened up Pandora’s box in the Middle East and doesn’t know how to close it. His only answer is to stay the course.

Voters should send firm message to Hulshof

On August 1, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP). I would like to applaud the members of the House who voted in favor of the bill. Unfortunately, Rep. Kenny Hulshof was not one of them.

Supermax prisons a sign of U.S. deterioration

Very recently a young woman on Court TV was convicted of killing her husband, sentenced to life in prison and sent immediately to a supermax prison.

Obama best candidate to represent Missouri

As one of four Missouri Democrats elected statewide, it is my responsibility to help ensure that the Democratic Party nominates a candidate for president who will best represent Missourians.

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