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Opinion

It's time to bring Columbia back to economic equilibrium

The statistics show the U.S. economy is sinking, and the citizens of Boone County are feeling its effect.  It's time for local regulators and associations to devise a plan to bring Columbia back to equilibrium.

LETTER: Congress abandons Obama's clean energy jobs promise

By abandoning these promises, integral parts of the Clean Air Act have been repealed.

CARTOON: Supreme Court Gladiators

Leonard Griswell's take on Judge Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.

LETTER: 'Fair Tax' not all it's advertised to be

A "Fair Tax" rally will be held at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday. If approved by the legislature, Missouri could be the first state to have a fair tax in place.

GUEST COLUMN: West Broadway plan a folly of Titanic proportions

Did City Council want to show off the painted GetAbout Columbia paths and love of a parkway, or did it want to create a workable street where cars and bikes and residents can coexist in harmony?  If it was the latter, it has certainly failed miserably.

Today's Question: The conversion to digital TV

Should the government have been more active in making sure the public knew of the switch to digital TV?

Every citizen has the power to lead

President Obama is the commander in chief of the United States, but he's not its only leader.  All citizens have a responsibility to keep themselves informed and stay active in order to lead the country toward a better future.

Today's Question: 'Pay as you throw' proposal for garbage collection

Is "pay as you throw" the best method for dealing with excess garbage in Columbia?

Show me the photos!

The president's decision to withold telling photographs of prisoner abuse "is a betrayal of America's professed cherished values."

LETTER: 'Pepper & Friends' important to community, KOMU's mission

A loss of "Pepper & Friends" from KOMU is a loss to Columbia, too.

Attention to detail the missing ingredient in sandwich art

Columnist Andrew Del-Colle pleads with his favorite sandwich artists to improve their approach to the art of the perfect sandwich.

Big banks' greed giving bad name all bankers

Gone are the days when bankers wanted to be user friendly their customers. The industry is taking advantage of the ugly financial situation to improve its bottom line.

Good jobs are hard to fill

While technological advances kill off positions for journalists and assembly-line workers, the teachers, nurses and IT personnel of the world remain or become more in demand.

Catching the big one: Casting a line for the Lord's love

Let’s follow the example of Christ and bait the hook of God’s promises and trust Him to make the big catch of that lost and wandering fish. So, the next time you feel like a big fish in a little pond, remember, God has the right bait to catch to put you out and give you just what you need to face to challenges of today.

Big news comes in small packages with the neighborhood newsletter project

Missourian's Neighborhood Newsletters has been fairly successful so far — e-mail newsletters are now delivered to 10 neighborhoods, and almost 1,000 people have subscribed.

Today's Question: Government involvement in GM

Despite President Barack Obama's assertions that he wants to stay out of the auto industry, GM's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy would give the government a 60 percent stake in the American industrial giant.

GM, automaker crisis shakes world's economies

Now that General Motors and Chrysler have filed for bankruptcy, restructuring the American automobile industry may be necessary to re-establish supremacy in the market.

Proposed Columbia city ordinance would deal with graffiti problem

 Laura Nauser's proposed city ordinance fills in the gaps in the current ordinance by defining and outlawing graffiti. It would also set up a fund so property owners don't have to fix the damage themselves. The next step is to prevent kids from property destruction in the first place, by giving them opportunities through economic development.

Sotomayor political circus pulls into D.C.

 It isn't the "greatest show on earth," but expect lots of flamboyant promotion, unnecessary acrobatics and sleight of hand from the media.

Not much to show from GetAbout funds that benefits bicyclists, walkers

There's a nice new sign at the entrance of the MKT Trail, for instance, but how does that increase safety pedestrians and bicyclists?

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