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Letters to the Editor

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.

Billboards pollute Missouri’s natural beauty

The advertisements in the “billboard jungle” along Interstate 70 are unsightly and sometimes distasteful.

Missouri should protect its parks from smelly farms

A former director of Missouri’s Division of Tourism says large factory farms threaten tourism to the state’s parks.

Eminent domain law needs revision

Missouri requires a consitutional amendment to improve the protection of private property.

Children need a moral education

Implementing school voucher systems to allow parents to ensure their kids are getting a good education will help solve school violence and many of the problems we see today.

Recent attacks should draw more attention to violence against women

Drawing attention to last week’s assault against grad student Kendra Yoder is a step toward preventing these crimes.

Actions of Bush, Cheney make case for impeachment

An organization of West Point graduates and a U.S. representative are collecting evidence against President Bush and Vice President Cheney in hopes of getting them impeached.

Plagiarism pits integrity, compassion against each other

The John Merrill plagarism scandal holds much to discuss about attribution and responsibililty.

Relocating I-70 further north in Columbia will help traffic flow, city growth

Expanding the existing highway will not solve long term issues; Columbians should consider creating an I-70 bypass further north.

Government working with biodiesel industry to make alternative fuel a reality

Readers need to know “the rest of the story” about what’s being done to ensure biofuel incentives are used for the right purposes.

Merrill touched lives as journalism professor

John Merrill stumbled, but he is one of the best journalism professors ever to have taught, advised and mentored students at the J-School.

School district should listen to public concerns

The Columbia Public School District should model good citizenship and find alternative ways of communication with citizens.

Women’s and gender studies is a worthwhile discipline

MU’s new women’s and gender studies department reflects a strong disciplinary core that has developed in this field of study during the last 30 years.

Consider options for transportation

The Missouri Department of Transportation's engineers should be considering ways to encourage other ways to get where we need to go.

Brooker Act is an unnecessary measure that stifles learning

If Rep. Cunningham’s legislation passes, it will pressure educators into representing unacademic and religion-based ideologies.

Local View: War chest would be better spent at home

It doesn’t matter if we pull our troops out of Iraq this year or ten years from now. The only difference will be the number of our troops’ lives that will be lost.

Blunt’s new task force is a travesty

The new task force is a waste of time and taxpayer money.

For safer roads, reduce highway speed limit to 60 mph near city limits

When it comes to preventing highway deaths, reducing the speed limit on U.S. 63 is a better solution than building a fence.

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