December 1, 2009
Cortez King, 15, student at Hickman High School: He does not agree with sending more troops. "I don't want more people dying," King said. In his opinion, the United States should not play a role in Afghanistan. "It's their problem, not ours," he said.
Johnny Northcutt, 51, Salvation Army volunteer: "We need to get over there and get it done and some other countries should help with the war. China should help because all their cars are over here."
D'eray Hall, 20, Stephens College student: Some of her friends are fighting in Afghanistan and she wants the war to end, though she acknowledged it can't be stopped "all at once." "I don't even know what we're fighting for," she said.
Gary Riess, 50, works for the city of Columbia in the Solid Waste Department: "The United States is taking up the role of being the peacekeeper. Since we started that, I guess we have to keep going. It'd be nice if everyone kept the peace."
Mark Haim, 60, director of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks: He opposes the war and wants all troops brought home as soon as possible, and he expressed concern over the increased economic and psychological costs of military action in Afghanistan. "We are perpetuating a cycle of violence that really needs to be defused," he said.
Laura McKee, Truman Veterans Hospital employee: She said she can see both sides of the issue. “I don’t know. I think it’s a no-win situation," she said. "I don’t have a strong opinion either way because either way, more people will die.”
Matthew Smith, 36, student and former Marine: While he supports the president, and wants the troops to have extra support if needed, he said military troops are not adequately trained to police a country. "If this is going to go on and on, bring them home," he said.
Nick Cundert, 26, student and internal vice president of the Mizzou Student Veterans Association: "It's really about eliminating terrorists and eliminating the threat they have on the Afghanistan community and the U.S. I would hope the idea of sending more troops over there would mean that."
Missouri senior forward Keith Ramsey led Murfreesboro's Siegel High School to the Class AAA Tennessee state championship.
Richard Oliver, PhD, is dean of the University of Missouri School of Health Professions.
The basketball court at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium rises above the first rows of seats like a stage.
Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium can give basketball fans the feeling they are watching a game in a theater.
Paul Rolfe is the faculty coalitions coordinator for the student group Coal Free Mizzou.
Ryan Doyle is a Sierra Club organizer with the Beyond Coal Campaign
John O'Connor is a guest columnist for the Missourian.
November 30, 2009
Friends and classmates of killed student Emily Kahler gather for a candlelight vigil Monday at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy holds a candlelight vigil on Monday for former student Emily Kahler, who was killed Saturday. Several members of the community spoke at the short memorial.
Rebecca Jones, associate director of academic support at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, speaks at a candlelight vigil for first-year student Emily Kahler, who was killed in Kansas over the weekend. Jones encouraged students to use the available counseling resources and advised them to "stick with each other to get through the tough times."
Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) is tackled by a swarm of Seahawks defenders in a 27-17 loss Sunday in St. Louis.
This home near Burlingame, Kan., was the scene of a triple homicide Saturday afternoon. A 12-hour manhunt ended Sunday with the arrest of James Kraig Kahler, 46, the former director of Columbia Water and Light.