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Letters to the Editor

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.

ExxonMobil needs to invest in new energy

Exxon Mobil Corp. is reporting yet another quarter of staggering profits near $10 billion. While we pay the high gas prices that pump up Exxon’s profits, we are also paying for Exxon’s campaign to block action on global warming.

Professor surely wasn’t serious ... or was he?

I just finished reading the article “MU’s budget plan draws faculty criticism” in the July 24th Columbia Missourian, and I think there may have been an error in the article.

City needs to give more support to Columbia public TV

Cable providers Mediacom and Charter Communications recently ended their funding of the Columbia Access Television Channel. This has left the channel in a terrible financial situation. CAT3 has less than $7,000 left to fund the channel, which is grossly inadequate.

Thanks for free concerts; please support the band

Thank you officers of Shelter Insurance for again sponsoring a wonderful summer concert series in the Garden. We Columbians are so fortunate to have a local company that gifts us not only with a free concert series every summer but with a beautiful garden year round.

Changes in law needed to avoid planning errors

It is truly amazing what one savvy land owner can do to change the face of development in Boone County. All he had to do was donate a portion of land to the school board and — voilà — we have a new infrastructure problem.

Private profits not council’s business

The recent Missourian article, “Stamper: Focus on Economy,” reinforces a common myth that a primary function of government is to promote economic development.

Level 3 labs need closer examination

Thank you for putting the MU level 3 biocontainment lab on the front page of the Missourian on Wednesday. In my experience, very few people in Columbia have known anything about it.

Congress, Bush must act now

More mistakes of President Bush. One: He said he would veto any bills trying to regulate oil prices, as this would be price fixing. Wake up, Mr. President.

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