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Reader Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Protecting rights of people is of utmost importance

The governor called HB 436 “unsafe.” If the governor thinks it's “unsafe” to make law enforcement officials (state or federal) accountable for infringing on the rights of the people, then he must not know much about history.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Drop in teen birth rate is victory for preventive care

People are getting smarter about how and when they have children, leading to drop in the teen birth rate.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote 'No' for military strike in Syria

Entering Syria's civil war could make the U.S. a future target.

GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. strikes in Syria would compound problems

Congress should push for diplomacy in Syria, not authorize military involvement.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri should fund each student's education equally

All unequal school property taxes on Missouri's homes, business properties and automobiles could be eliminated.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Say 'no' to military action in Syria

I would like to assure you that I understand the fundamental differences between what happened in Iraq and what is happening in Syria. What has happened in Syria is unconscionable, and something should be done, but that something should not be unilateral war-making.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Neighbors don't want development next to park

A public park is something that everyone owns equally.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columbia Council needs more facts about natural gas

We need time to gather information from nonbiased sources outside the profit-making natural gas industry pitch before agreeing to fueling stations.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Drivers, not registered owners, should be ticketed at red lights

When a driver runs a red light, a camera captures his or her license plate and mails a ticket to the registered owner of the vehicle. The new policy is unfair and will not deter drivers from breaking the law.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Enforcing parking ordinances could lead to better safety

Every house having driveways not full of vehicles belonging at that residence, should be fined if parked elsewhere, based on the two ordinances already in place.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Staff cuts at Ellis Fischel impact quality of patient care

We wanted Ellis Fischel simply because of the team approach they had. This included Advance Practice Nurses. We would rethink that decision now given the current circumstances.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Second Amendment protections vital

Constantine Randazzo: Second Amendment protection laws are vital to the continued defense of the U.S. Constitution.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hartzler should make decisions based on constituent needs

Writer Deborah Miller asks whether Rep. Vicky Hartzler votes based solely on her own opinions or on those of her constituents.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Petition asks for Shakir Hamoodi's sentence to be commuted

In May 2012, Shakir Hamoodi, a Columbia resident, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison because he sent money to his brothers and sisters in Iraq more than a decade ago.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The genius of energy conservation and clean energy adoption

Citizens must take collective responsibility to conserve energy and slow human-caused climate change in an attempt to protect the environment for future generations.

 

GUEST COMMENTARY: HB 253 veto should stand

Besides its inadvertent tax increases, HB 253 puts vital state services at risk through its tax cuts.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Honoring a father with reminders for better health

Columbia resident encourages regular colonoscopies after her father died of colon cancer in 1999.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columbia Access Television makes a difference in the community

An internship at Columbia Access Television meant valuable learning experiences. CAT fills a community gap in media and arts education that could not be filled otherwise.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Battle family thanks Columbia community

Without Eliot Battle's warm eyes and genuine smile to brighten each of our days, we each must continue to work harder to make this city the one he chose to touch, raise a family in, and proudly talk about.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: CAT-TV has helped educate residents, offer new opportunities

CAT-TV has educated me about the reality behind what we see on TV. Columbia Council members should be proud of the CAT-TV program.

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