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Reader Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Speculation of gender bias gives MU a bad reputation

The media has primed society’s way of thinking, giving men the upper hand of power and women the ritualization of subordination.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Police should focus less on giving MIP citations

The Columbia Police Department is putting its efforts toward the unattainable goal of eliminating underage drinking rather than focusing on more pressing problems in the community.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cursive writing shouldn't be lost in education

"Digital era" learning is emphasizing typing while placing cursive writing on the back burner. The state needs to incorporate cursive into the Common Core State Standards. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe cares about Columbia, not just Sixth Ward

Columbia residents Diane Booth and Jeanne Sebaugh share their endorsement of Barbara Hoppe.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Leftover snow removal funds should be used for public transit

Public transportation needs all the assistance it can get, and should benefit from at least half the city's $400,000 surplus.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe knows her ward, Columbia

Barbara Hoppe, Sixth Ward councilwoman, works "on behalf of the collective best interests of our city and all its citizens."

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri men's basketball team deserved No. 1 seed

Missouri's better record and number of tournament titles earned this year makes the team more deserving of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament than some of the ones that received that designation.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe sees the whole picture

Barbara Hoppe works on behalf of "genuine progress in our community," paying attention to details and the bigger picture.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Initiative process is public and transparent lawmaking

The initiative process has led to some of the most important and fundamental reforms we enjoy today. In the end, it is a much more public and transparent lawmaking process than the lawmaking process in Jefferson City.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hoppe advocates for Columbia's welfare

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe is for "smart growth," but her opponent, Bill Tillotson, is for "unfettered growth."

GUEST COMMENTARY: Proposed enhanced enterprise zones create Internet backlash

A new citizens group — CiViC, Citizens Invested and Involved in Columbia — seeks to question the widsom of blighting large portions of the city and county in the name of economic development.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Red Cross Month is perfect time to support community

Anyone can help the Heart of Missouri Chapter by making a donation, becoming a volunteer or giving blood.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: As councilwoman, Barbara Hoppe has improved East Campus

Barbara Hoppe has addressed a variety of issues, including: trash collection, late-night noise and street improvements.

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.

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