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Letters to the Editor

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.

For true justice, support study on death penalty

The League of Women Voters of Missouri urges Attorney General Jay Nixon to support continuation of the moratorium on the death penalty.

Legislators should fix bills with conflicting language

Efforts to give Missouri manufacturing a tax break on utilities was successful in this year’s legislative session — in a way, too successful.

Columbia needs to act on gangs

Not long after moving to Columbia, I met a city official and asked about the gang graffiti I noticed. The mantra was “no gang problem here,” that it was just a bunch of wannabes.

Consider all risks before building bio lab

Those who promote building a level 4 lethal disease lab here are gambling that this lab will never have an accident or leak.

Democrats must oppose Iraq war

Letter sent to Senator McCaskill: I donated time and money towards your election, and am upset with your votes on Iraq war funding. When I met with you at your office opening, I registered my disapproval of your rejection of the Feingold amendment which set a withdrawal timetable. You have since compounded the problem by giving Bush continued war funding with no withdrawal timetable and meaningless benchmarks which can be waived.

Co-ops invest in more than coal

I am surprised the Missourian would publish the June 4 National View editorial from The Washington Post criticizing the Rural Utility Service, which makes loans to electric cooperatives, without first checking the facts.

Hold Bush accountable for ideas that fell short

Two more of President Bush’s ideas don’t seem to be working.

Keep America’s borders safe

Illegal immigration has grown out of control and the federal government seems unable or unwilling to help.

Proposed biolab a threat to Columbia

Columbians need to be aware of the following facts regarding the biolab which the Department of Homeland Security is considering locating in Columbia.

New UM president should create university system

President Walsworth and members of the Board of Curators:

As you consider who to select as the new UM president, I suggest you consider the primary, if not only, job the new president will have and, accordingly, the primary, if not only, criterion for selection — to create a university system. The UM system exists in name only. Virtually no effort has been expended since the system was created in the early ’60s to create a real system.

Bill should focus on sex education

Missourians should be very concerned about the impact of this anti-prevention, anti-sex-education bill, HB 1055.

Abstinence-only bill limits choices

Good health care policy is good politics.

Please urge Governor Blunt to veto HB 1055. Missouri is beginning to move backward instead of moving forward, and, at a minimum, we are barely maintaining status quo.

Hulshof not ready to lead UM System

It’s a logical statement. I write political editorials. I teach at a local college. Therefore, I am an expert on the nominations for president of the University of Missouri System. Right? Not really, though friends and colleagues do not hesitate to ask my opinion about Congressman Kenny Hulshof’s nomination. Here it is …

Honor all public servants, too

When I was growing up in southwest Missouri, we decorated the graves of everyone on Memorial Day. That was just after World War II, so we understood well the debt we owed to our soldiers.

A call to revoke Senate’s war authorization

From the beginning, the U.S. military attack on Iraq was a dangerous folly. The Bush administration misled the American people and, most importantly, Congress, with what Jimmy Carter described as “lies and misrepresentations.”

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