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Opinion

Upside of pain is that it teaches life lessons

As more and more things are being marketed to protect your children from harm's way, letting them experience pain may be the best form of parenting.

Ramifications of releasing the Lockerbie bomber

The Scottish Justice Secretary's decision to free a member of the Libyan security forces, who was in jail for the murders of 27 people, because he has prostate cancer has sparked debate over whether there was a deal between the British government and Libya to create favorable trade conditions.

The embedded link is an important part of today's journalism report

The embedded link helps readers find out where journalists found their information. It helps reader discover information that goes beyond just the story itself.

Today's question: What can be done to prevent health care misinformation?

At a town hall meeting Wednesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill tried to dispel rumors about health care legislation. But many attendees said misinformation often comes from politicians, as well as the media and factions from both parties.

Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman about to pedal into the sunset

There are no definite candidates for mayor as of yet, but a good fight is expected between the pro-development and preservationist forces.

Remembering Woodstock: A time of ills and dreams fulfilled

Looking back on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, it was a time of turmoil and celebration.

Today's Question: How do we combat meth use when it’s now so much easier to make?

The highly powerful and addictive drug has never been easier to access or manufacture, so how do we stop people from using it?

LETTER: Come support a moral vision for health care reform

Members of Rock Bridge Christian Church have scheduled an outdoor candlelight vigil 8 p.m. Saturday at the church. The vigil will act in support of a health care reform.

Remembering Ted Kennedy: The impact the Kennedys left on America

For many baby boomers, Kennedy was a political luminary. Many from that era, and possibly future generations as well, will continue to be inspired by his activism.

Reflections on last days of summer

Although the serenity and freedom of summer are coming to an end, students can still look forward to what is yet to come.

Today's question: How effective was the 'cash for clunkers' program?

Car dealerships in Columbia found the program increased car sales — but they also said the rules could be confusing and difficult to navigate.

Lithium is the key to powering a new generation of automobiles 

Bolivia is in the process of building its first lithium plant, giving it the opportunity to dominate the lithium-battery market.

Obama Power must deliver as promised

The Obama administration needs to demonstrate that it can bring about the hope and change promised during the campaign.

Few willing or able to change irresponsible youth culture

Teen pregnancy, high-school dropout rates and other indicators of an unrestained youth culture may foretell America's slide into dicatorship and Third World status. Unless attitudes change it won't be easy to alter the course.

LETTER: Surveillance cameras are not the answer

City Councilman contends cameras are fine in high-risk public areas but are an invasion of privacy in general public areas.

LETTER: Americans unaware of costs of nationalized health care

The middle-class will bear the brunt of the cost for health care reform, but do these Americans really know what they are getting into?

Today's Question: Should red light camera tickets result in points on your record?

Two cameras, located at Stadium Boulevard and Worley Street and Providence Road and Broadway, will begin charging drivers a $120 fine and 2-point penalties staring Sept. 3.

LETTER: Correcting some mistakes about Hearnes' legacy

Gov. Warren Hearnes was not the first governor to be re-elected in Missouri. He was the first one re-elected to a second consecutive four year term.

LETTER: Shame on the community for not supporting 'Pepper & Friends'

A member of the Columbia community protested the cancellation of the show "Pepper & Friends" on KOMU and expressed doubt as to whether the cancellation was truly due to lack of funds.

Today's Question: How can students save money on books?

Paying for college doesn't just stop at tuition— textbooks often cost students hundreds of dollars. However, there are several choices available to save money this semester.

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