Community Conversation: Let's talk about the next president and our town

Thursday, September 25, 2008 | 9:30 a.m. CDT; updated 2:48 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 26, 2008

Dear Reader:

How will Columbia be affected by the next president?

For all the hoopla, media coverage and debate surrounding the presidential election, that's a conversation I haven't heard. I've heard lots of talk about whether each candidate is ready to lead, who has the best experience and who is more out-of-touch with us.

But what about life at home? I have no doubt that Columbia will be a different place four years after the election. Which candidate is promoting the policies that will leave mid-Missouri residents better off four years from now?  

So let's look into our crystal balls and predict how a McCain-Palin or Obama-Biden administration would change Columbia. How do you see your life changing — for better or worse — depending on who wins the White House?

Here's how you can get involved:

  • Write a letter to the editor. E-mail it to, send it in via fax, 882-5702, or through the postal service, PO Box 917, Columbia, MO 65205. Please make sure you include your name and daytime phone number, in case we have any questions.
  • Leave a comment at I've asked Missourian columnists to make their own predictions about life under the next administration. Log on and let them know why you believe their predictions will be correct or dead wrong by leaving a comment. You can do this with the folks who are writing letters to the editor, too.
  • Share your thoughts in an article on

During the week of Oct. 19, we'll feature your ideas, arguments and predictions in the Missourian's opinion section, online and in print. I've asked students in the editorial writing class at the Missouri School of Journalism to share their thoughts.

And while we're on the subject of elections, let's not forget other important races that are certain to affect our lives. Share your thoughts on races for governor, U.S. representative and state representatives through letters to the editor and guest columns, comments at and articles to

All election-related letters and editorials must be received by noon Oct. 31 for inclusion in print and on the Web. We'll continue to publish those submissions through Sunday, Nov. 2.


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