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Reader Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tell Department of Natural Resources to oppose CAFOs

Research studies highlight the unintended consequences of large-scale confined-animal feeding operations (CAFO).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Setting the record straight on home-care wages

Eleven dollars an hour is not only fair to vendors in the home-care program, it is a step on the path toward a truly fair wage for home-care attendants.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ferguson is about the police state

The events in Ferguson show that county and state law enforcement is excessively militarized, and there appears to be little leadership or accountability at any level of government these days.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More leverage needed to fight factory farms

Factory farms bankrolled Amendment 1 so they can impose their unsustainable system of agriculture across Missouri.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop Opus from building an unnecessary student housing complex

The Opus student-housing complex is not needed and will add pressure to an already overwhelmed sewer system in downtown Columbia.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Five reasons to shop at a Missouri farmers market

In honor of National Farmers Market Week, Mark Cadle, state executive director of the Missouri Farm Service Agency, offers tips on how to celebrate the abundance of summer.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lack of Medicaid expansion stands in the way of health care success

Some states, including Missouri, have refused to expand Medicaid coverage as provided by the ACA, depriving 5 million low-income Americans of medical insurance and creating serious hardships for hospitals.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't believe scare tactics about farm amendment

Former state representative and family farmer Tom Loehner conceived the idea for Amendment 1 while sitting on his tractor. The bill will protect farmers, not harm them, he says.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' hurts farmers — and everyone else

The language of this bill is to keep "farmers" from being accountable. This helps corporate-style large farms, but hurts the family farmer, Ron Macher writes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' is for corporations, not families

The “right to farm” measure, in the form of Amendment 1, doesn’t make good sense as an amendment to our constitution.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nora Dietzel deserves votes for Boone County Recorder

Nora Dietzel has worked in the recorder's office for the past 17 years. Her experience would ensure a seamless transition from the current recorder.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Yes, we need mass transit, but we cannot neglect our highways

While we need to increase mass transit programs and reduce vehicular air pollution, we need not achieve that goal by neglecting our very necessary highways and bridges.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kimberly Shaw has experience to be circuit court judge

Kim Shaw practices in Division 5 several times a week. She is well-versed in both criminal and civil law. Having practiced for 25 years, she is a seasoned attorney. She’s what Boone County needs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Finley Gibbs right choice for circuit court

Finley Gibbs exhibits many of the characteristics desirable in a judge — fairness, compassion, rationality, and an ability to analyze complex situations and form a cohesive and persuasive argument.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Transportation sales tax positively impacts all Missourians

Gas tax revenue is an increasingly unstable revenue source. It would be shortsighted, and foolish, to present voters with a transportation funding solution that will have declining revenues from the very beginning of its passage.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Citizens deserve another option to save Boone County fairgrounds

Also not on the table is to initiate the next chapter in the fairgrounds history with real leadership to build a community-based nonprofit cooperative of perhaps the fair board, 4-H groups, FFA groups, equine enthusiasts and other caring citizens who are willing to ...  put the fairgrounds on a more financial, cultural and politically sustainable path for the future.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri farming needs regulation to prevent soil erosion

If we want to save our soil, then discredited farming practices must be abandoned — not enshrined in the bill of rights as Amendment 1 would.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' amendment threatens animal welfare

At the very least, the Amendment will eliminate the rights of some local governments to regulate factory farms within their borders.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Amendment 1 would protect all of Missouri's farmers, ranchers

State Sen. Michael L Parson says the "Right to Farm" amendment was drafted to ensure all Missouri farmers are able to operate without "unreasonable intrusion from outside interests."

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Storm cleanup work was phenomenal

David Wallace's home and yard became a major staging area for crews working to get the power lines back up. He expresses his gratitude for the work the teams did in the aftermath of the July 7 storm.

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