Reader Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Beware of money behind Your Vote Counts campaign

If the Your Vote Counts measure passes, the Missouri Constitution will be amended to require a large majority vote to change ballot initiatives, essentially creating a direct democracy.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re-elect smart growth candidate Barbara Hoppe

Barbara Hoppe's accomplishments in the Sixth Ward and throughout Columbia show she deserves to be back in City Hall.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medicare and Social Security are sustainable

Both Medicare and Social Security are supported by premiums. Just as any other insurance, your Social Security card at the very top says "health insurance." Congress adjusts both premiums annually. It cannot and will not go broke.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't trap students in new districts

Steve Spellman argues there's an infinite number of reasons why parents might want to transfer their children away from their assigned school and Columbia Public Schools needs to change its transfer policy to reflect those.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe part of why Columbia is a great town

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe has been instrumental in the controlled growth and development of Columbia and continues to make it a great place to live.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tiger Transit Movement seeking solutions

The Tiger Transit Movement is working with the city manager's office to explore how other college transit systems are self-sustaining without "overburdening" the students.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Two conflicting Missouri Senate bills on home inspections

One bill would allow home inspectors to write standards for what is defective in a home, while another would allow homeowners to create their own standards for building and maintaining their homes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Keep it easy to vote

Requiring photo IDs to vote would hinder the democratic process.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Watch out for the misinterpretation of statistics

J. Karl Miller's recent column skewed statistics and muddled important details of the effects of increasing minimum wage.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bourn Avenue deserves public road closure hearing

Councilman Daryl Dudley side-stepped a public road closure hearing even though the issues and many of the neighbors' feelings are well-documented.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't blame smokers for revenue shortfall

Politicians are passing the blame to smokers while ignoring the problem of Missouri's revenue shortfall and the country's financial collapse.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ron Paul is best option for peace

Ron Paul, the only peace candidate in the upcoming election, has received more donations from military personnel than any other presidential candidate.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pentagon should have to cut its spending, too

The Pentagon budget has grown far too quickly over the past 10 years. Everyone else is cutting back, so the Pentagon should have to as well.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe quick to respond to neighborhood's needs

Barbara Hoppe, Sixth Ward councilwoman, helped draw attention to road problems in Timberhill Road neighborhood.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ron Paul's service record distinguishes him from others

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Do what you can to help displaced mobile home park residents

Like the Salvation Army bells, this is an urgent call to individuals, non-governmental agencies and philanthropists to reach out to these residents by any means they can.