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Letters to the Editor

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.

Stadium and Forum intersection improvements aid all travelers

Whether you drive, bike or walk, the proposed road changes will increase safety for all users.

Hulshof’s stance on children’s health insurance is troubling

Kenny Hulshof’s recent vote against the State Children’s Health Insurance Program doesn’t represent his constituents.

Hulshoff should have voted to override president's veto

Last Thursday our representative had a chance to show independence from the president on an issue that has the overwhelming support of the American people and especially the people of Columbia.

Student reminds me: No room for insensitivity in newspapers

Dressing sexy doesn’t justify rape

When I read an article in which a professor of psychology is quoted as stating that wearing these costumes “can be an invitation to trouble”, I get a little riled up.

MU’s Greek houses desperately need better fire protection

Columbia’s lawmakers need to make fire safety at fraternities and sororities a higher priority.

Worker struggles with medical needs long after accident

John Fry tells his story of his uphill battle with the health care system and his struggles to live without insurance.

War spreads war

In his recent opinion piece, “National Defense Deters War”, Col. J. Karl Miller quotes George Washington as saying: “There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.” In other words, war preparation deters war. The basic question regarding that assumption is: “How’s that working for us?”

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.

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