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Reader Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stephens College bridges should be more thoroughly inspected

New bridge designs proposed by Stephens College seem to hide beams, plates and bolts, which won't allow for easy safety inspections.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nixon has improved business in Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon has strengthened the Missouri workforce and infused the state with a rush of entrepreneurial activity. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trayvon Martin, the media and blaming the victim

The killing of the Florida teenager has the parents of many black boys wondering: "Is my son the next Trayvon Martin?"

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe has outstanding record

She has proven she cares about making Columbia a better place for all its citizens, not just a wealthy few.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hoppe exemplifies leadership for Columbia

Barbara Hoppe cares for her constituents, listens to their concerns and actively engages in the issues.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hoppe promotes healthy transportation choices in Columbia

By supporting many trails, sidewalks and intersection improvements and participating in safe transportation programs, Barbara Hoppe has shown she cares about Columbia in every area.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hoppe represents all Sixth Ward residents

Barbara Hoppe has demonstrated that she can bring neighbors, homeowners, studentsand businesses together to find common solutions that benefit everyone.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri's teacher retirement system remains healthy

Despite a weak economy, the Public School & Education Employee Retirement System of Missouri remains 85 percent pre-funded. A strong retirement system is vital to attracting qualified teachers to the state.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama's birth control policy preserves religious rights

Employers with religious objections to birth control aren't required to "provide a penny of support for the birth control services."

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe stays away from attack ads

Sixth Ward City Council candidate Barbara Hoppe has not responded to attack ads from the opposing campaign.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We can't often brag about our elected officials

Barbara Hoppe has shown "intelligence, diligence and balanced approach" as an elected official.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hoppe is the 'Solon' of Columbia

Hoppe ran for office for the same reason any "true statesperson ever runs, because it is a natural evolution of a dedicated citizen."

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe has supported smart growth and progress

Hoppe’s continued presence on the Columbia City Council will do much to move us further toward the kind of growth and change most beneficial to all.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe's decades-long service beneficial to Columbia

Hoppe has been proactive and engaging in neighborhood, Sixth Ward and citywide issues, successfully helping make Columbia a better place to live.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe committed to keep Columbia a quality, livable, growing community

Hoppe's work as Sixth Ward council member has helped make Columbia one of the most livable small cities in the country.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Incredibly proud of Missouri basketball team

Missouri had a wonderful season, and Norfolk State was a worthy opponent to end it.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe's activity and concern for the community is invaluable

Barbara Hoppe should be reelected because she has an unrivaled concern for Columbia and its residents. She has improved the state of student housing and the city's bus system during her term.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Similarities exist between gender gaps, minorities

The gender gap that exists in math and science is comparable to being an immigrant in America. People should take advantage of their differences as a means to push themselves further.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe's strengths add to her appeal for City Council seat

Dedication to Columbia's welfare, the ability to see the big picture and to understand complex issues makes Barbara Hoppe a strong candidate for City Council.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mayor McDavid needs to be honest about bus plans

Mayor Bob McDavid needs to answer the hard questions. The city needs to fix what is broken in Columbia instead of looking at bus programs in Lawrence, Kan., and Ames, Iowa.

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