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Opinion

TODAY'S QUESTION: Does Mark McGwire's admission of steroid use change your opinion of him?

Putting to rest a question that dogged him for years, former St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire has admitted to steroid use. The admission comes on the heels of accepting a job as the Cardinals' hitting instructor.

LETTER: Obama's promised transparency has not come to fruition

Power brokers continue to dominate the way government is run.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Journalism's dreamers must keep eyes on statistics

Popular perceptions of what is happening with journalism don't always match up to how readers and viewers want their news.

LETTER: Frigid weather makes the homeless visible

Our community needs to remember the homeless throughout the year.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should the death penalty be abolished in Missouri?

Grass-roots organizations are calling for a moratorium on executions in Missouri until a study is conducted.

LETTER: Health care reform bill needs to be flushed

The bill is nothing more than a treat for the insurance industry, not real reform.

DEAR READER: Sometimes the commentary becomes the news

A lively debate over the performances of the bands at the Texas Bowl offerered differing and unique perspectives of fans and band members.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What are you doing to keep your home safe from burglaries?

During November, 42 burglaries were reported, and 74 were reported in December, including 21 on Christmas Eve.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Will Yemen be tomorrow's war?

The attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound jet has raised questions about the nation's committment to fighting terrorism.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What changes should be made to the National School Lunch Program?

Concerns over cost and quality of meat has spurred Congress to pledge a review of the Child Nutrition Act this spring.

LETTER: No link between antibiotics used in livestock production, resistance in people

American farmers use antibiotics to keep livestock healthy and safe for consumption.

COLUMN: Examining a few bills about to be taken up by General Assembly

As state legislatures around the country get ready to debate bills, here is an analysis of a few bills proposed in Missouri, covering topics from protection for faith-based health care to eminent domain.

COLUMN: Ethics reform in Missouri legislature must include contribution limits

The best ethics reform would be to let the citizenry finance all campaign costs, but that's never going to happen.

LETTER: MU apology to Navy rings hollow

Marching Mizzou was selfish for playing five songs at the end of the game before allowing the Midshipmen to play their revered alma mater.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Disney makes a crowd-pleaser for black community

"The Princess and the Frog" is packed with dazzling characters led by Princess Tiana.

COLUMN: Are our national security expectations reasonable — or realistic?

Even if the security flaws that gave Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab a chance to blow up a plane on Christmas Day are fixed, lapses in security will always exist.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hundreds of unfilled jobs in Missouri? You've got to be kidding

There's a growing number of open jobs in the Missouri allied health professions, but schools don't have the capacity to fill them.

TODAY'S QUESTION: If the state budget needs to be cut, where should that happen?

The governor has already cut $600 million from a $23.7 billion state budget. With another $200 million in cuts looming, what do you think should be targeted?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Four things Columbia did badly in 2009

A small group of high-profile individuals get to make the most important decisions about our community.

COLUMN: A good editor would help the legislative process

Legislation should be written as simply and concisely as possible without any hidden tricks or hastily passed provisions.

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