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Letter to the Editor: Award selections should be based on merit

A reader writes in response to an email exchange recently printed in SBJ.

Missouri Family Health Council official says, “Further investment in the health care safety net is needed, especially at this time when reproductive health care is already in deep crisis.”

Brandon Jenson, Springfield city councilmember: "The Southern Hills Transportation Development District represents a missed opportunity to more fully realize Forward SGF. "

Mark Comfort, political activist based in St. Louis: "Anyone chasing the dream of retirement security needs as much certainty, reliability and affordability as they can get."

Show-Me Institute's Patrick Ishmael: "I hope the House will seize the moment in 2023 and, if necessary, reconsider its own changes to the bill so that real and substantive parental empowerment can be signed into law."

Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins says the veto will strain landowners’ time and resources in navigating the new ruling.

Carl Herd, former SPS teacher and member of SPS’ 2022 Community Task Force on Facilities: "Buildings don’t teach. Focus on basics. Raise the bar."

Jonathan Newman, of Springfield, says "our schools should prioritize academic rigor over social and political agendas."

Mike Moeller of Missouri Home Dock Cities Association: "These rogue gambling operators who are placing machines in businesses shouldn’t be rewarded with sweetheart deals."

Maria Rivero and David Stokes of Show-Me Institute: "Ultimately, the decision rests in the hands of voters, who should weigh the pros and cons of the tax relative to the circumstances of their own community and vote on what they deem best in April."

Taynia Kisner of Compassus brings the concept to the forefront after former President Jimmy Carter’s decision to enter care.

Nixa Public Schools Superintendent Gearl Loden says addressing teacher pay is critical step to keep educators in the state.

Greg Byler of Blue Iguana Car Wash responds to recent crime stats reported to City Council by the chief of the Springfield Police Department.

Jason Gaynor, of Springfield: "Blaming law-abiding citizens for the failures of our criminal justice system might be convenient for some city leaders, but it is certainly not the solution to combating violence within our city. "

Kristen Haseltine, president & CEO of Show Me Christian County, writes in support of the ballot issues.

Dr. Roy Holand, of Springfield, opposes the recreational marijuana ballot measure.

Lonnie Funk, of Rogersville: "Question 1 is more about multifamily development in Springfield in the future than it is about Galloway."

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