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Opinion

LETTER: Entrepreneurs need affordable health care options

Health care reform will help small business owners have more bargaining power.

LETTER: Health care reform needed for seniors

Government-run health care programs can be both efficient and effective.

Today's Question: Was the outcry about the Smith-Cotton High School band's T-shirts appropriate?

The T-shirts, which depicted stages of evolution while also including a brass instrument at each stage, were banned after parents complained about the concept of evolution being used.

New Japanese prime minister changes political dynamics of Asia

Journalists and Asian experts examine the effects that the new Japanese prime minister will have on Asian relations, America and the Asian economy.

*Past council disputes cross generations

A conflict that began years ago is being continued even though the principals are either retired or deceased. 

LETTER: Seniors deserve better health-care options

Coverage shouldn't be limited to what is approved by Medicare and your insurance company.

Today's Question: Is Anheuser-Busch’s 'Fan Can' marketing campaign inappropriate?

Anheuser-Busch is receiving criticism for its cans that come in college colors. Universities such as MU have asked the company to pull the cans off the market since they target underage students.

What Columbia's next mayor should accomplish

Jobs, public transportation and crime are just three of the issues the next mayor should concentrate on.

Today's Question: How to fill the void left by 'Pepper and Friends'

With the different media outlets in Columbia, members of the community can still be showcased in the aftermath of "Pepper and Friends" being cancelled.

Sedalia School District's educational credibility hangs in the balance

Sedalia School District's choice to remove band shirts reflecting evolution distort logic and categorize scientific theory with religion.

LETTER: Sharrows are not bike lanes

Bicyclists need to share the road without unnecessarily impeding traffic.

Today's question: What qualities would you like to see in a new mayor?

Mayor Darwin Hindman will leave with a legacy that includes contributions to economic development and the parks system.

Senate vacancies leave seats open for power grab

Kennedy's death brings discussion to gubernatorial apointments and special elections. Do these processes uphold democracy?  

Americans' weak sense of civic duty hurts health reform

Those who oppose health care reform don't understand a citizen's civic and moral duty to do what's best for the country as a whole. The lack of empathy springs from the breakup of families, the discontinuation of the military draft and the fact that some schools may not have civics classes anymore.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Students cut out of tailgating discussion

MSA President Jordan Paul details the efforts he and other student organizations made to help keep Reactor Field as a tailgating area.

A defense of Utah

This week, one of many Utahphobes I've met asserted that Utah has nothing to offer. So I decided it was time for a look at what underlies their state of aversion.

LETTER: Tour of Missouri continues to grow in its third year

Nearly half the teams involved in this year's race also raced in the Tour de France.

LETTER: Governor's budget cuts will negatively impact state tourism

The Missouri Department of Economic Development has forced a disproportionate amount of its $11.3 million in budget cuts upon the state's Division of Tourism. Cutting more than a third of the division's budget will reduce the state's ability to advertise itself and also to bring in crucial tourism dollars.

LETTER: If state cuts $7 million from tourism budget, hotel workers will lose jobs

Representatives of Missouri's hotel industry estimate that 2,500 hotel workers would lose their jobs if the Department of Economic Development follows through with $7 million in proposed cuts to the Division of Tourism's budget. .

LETTER: Keeping 'Pepper and Friends' would send responsible statement

KOMU should not be motivated only by a quest for profits and is morally obligated to retain the community-oriented program "Pepper and Friends" because of the services that show provides to central Missouri.

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