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Opinion

GUEST COMMENTARY: Catholic principles should be applied to health care reform

With Catholic hospitals providing such a large percentage of medical care, the voice of the Catholic Church should be heard in the health care debate.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia deserves the best in city government

Kurt Albert, a Columbia resident, explains the need for a city ordinance that would stop staff deception in the local government.

LETTER: Politicians named 'Nixon' seem to always deceive the public

By refusing to come clean about when his office learned about the E. coli levels at the Lake of the Ozarks, Governor Jay Nixon is living up to the name that former President Nixon degraded.

LETTER: Current health care system prevents many from getting care

Many Americans live without health insurance, and even more are close to losing it.

LETTER: It's time for MU to lessen its use of coal

Coal is an incredibly dirty and polluting source of energy, and according to the World Coal Institute, the use of coal will increase by 60 percent in the next 20 years.

LETTER: Coal's price tag is not cheap

Replacing coal as a power source is essential to protecting the health of our community.

Today's Question: Now ranked, is Missouri football under more pressure?

Missouri football is now ranked No. 24 in the AP Poll and No. 18 in the Coaches' Poll. Do those rankings put the Tigers under more pressure with the Nebraska game looming?

Today's movies filled with not with fun, but filth

The charm of classic movies has fallen to the wayside as nudity and explotion grabs the limelight.

Nostalgia for the old neighborhoods warrants change

What happened to the old black neighborhoods that were safer, more cohesive and friendlier, and where young men and young women addressed each other in respectful terms? We need to get back to those ideals and we need to do it now.

LETTER: Not all doctors support Obama's public option plan

Reporters who busted ACORN did so with an agenda

The right-wing agenda of the two "investigative reporters" has been nurtured by conservative media training and has negatively affected ACORN and real journalists.

Today's Question: Is there enough evidence to successfully prosecute Johnny Wright?

The man suspected of killing Becky Doisy was arrested last week in Georgia. After 33 years, the challenge now is to gather enough evidence for a conviction.

Time for a talk with Jesus

Through prayer, we too can reach our Lord and experience the intimacy that God desires to have with each of his children.

Can we admit that legal drugs are as deadly as the illegal variety?

Experts said the 2008 death of a high school football player was at least partly caused by a prescription amphetamine and an over-the-counter muscle builder. This should serve as a reminder that coaches need to keep track of what their players are taking, and that something can be legal without being safe.

UN Security Council addresses Iran's plans for nuclear energy

Iran's nuclear energy program brings questions from U.N. Security Council and countries within range of its missiles.

DEAR READER: We want to know community schools better

Some schools aren't getting the coverage they should.

Today's Question: Is the YouZeum worth saving?

The YouZeum has been facing issues since its opening more than two years ago. Attendance is down from what was expected and future funding for the museum by the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau will likely not be approved.

Luetkemeyer's health care message raises many questions

The message Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer mailed out makes some interesting conclusions about the cost and access of health care.

Americans make enemies with people over politics

American's inability to separate government from people leads them to make enemies with entire cultures based on political decisions.

Today's Question: Should Obama fly to Copenhagen for Olympic bid?

With the domestic problems the U.S. is facing and the possibility Chicago might not be chosen as the 2016 Summer Olympics host city, President Barack Obama's trip is seen by some as risky.

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