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Opinion

Cheering for the other Black and Gold this weekend

Over the years, I have written about things that have made my readers angry. Now, I am taking another stance that is certain to upset a few more readers. This weekend, I will NOT be cheering for the Tigers.

Today's Question: Are some banks really too big to fail?

The banks that received bailout funds have benefited, but smaller banks have failed in record numbers.

Despite industry problems, Missourian taking the right steps

According to the Columbia Journalism review, journalism is in need of reconstruction. The Columbia Missourian and KBIA are already taking its recommended steps.

The Beat: (the)CoMoYouKnow

Listen to Missourian editor Scott Swafford and reporter Jim Holt discuss (the)CoMoYouKnow, a new project that would be an online encyclopedia for Columbia.

The Beat: Covering the Missouri women's volleyball beat

Columbia Missourian sports editor Greg Bowers and reporter Lenny Goldman talk about finding interesting human interest stories during the volleyball season.

 

Truth about football academics obscured by PR, academic contracts

Vox magazine tried to look deeper into rumors about a lax attitude toward academics among some MU football players, but was met with a strong wall of public relations officials and faculty and tutors hamstrung by contractual restrictions. Efforts to get beyond those obstacles were only partially successful.

Halloween: Destroying post-feminism through costumes

Trying to win a race to the bottom, women demean themselves by dressing provacatively on Halloween.

LETTER: Initiative petition would bring improvement, transparency to Missouri courts

The elections called for in the petition would be less mysterious than the current process for selecting appellate judges.

LETTER: Marching Mizzou kept spirits up during Homecoming game

A MU fan thanks Marching Mizzou for being a highlight of the Homecoming game.

Honor Flight: A belated but heartfelt thank you

A program allowing aging World War II veterans a free trip to visit that war's monument is "virtually impossible to overstate," Miller says. By the end of November, 40,000 veterans will have had the opportunity to view the monument.

Don't let someone else fight for your health care

It's time for Americans to get back their fighting spirit and do something for themselves about health care. Don't depend on others to do the battle for you.

Today's Question: How should Missouri handle excess public defender cases?

A study from last week ranked Missouri's public defender system 49th of all 50 states and stated that the attorneys are responsible for too many cases. How should Missouri address this problem?

LETTER: Advocates can help prevent child abuse in Missouri

With the help of volunteers and advocates, Missourians can reduce the number of deaths caused by child abuse and neglect.

The Beat: Columbia Regional Airport's master plan for the future

Columbia Missourian Public Life editor Scott Swafford and reporter Chris Canipe joined Eric Durban on KBIA's "The Beat" to discuss the airport plan.

Why it's hard to love Twitter

Editor Evan Smith last week told students at MU about his Twitter conversion: He went from "hater to a zealot." I would love to follow his lead, but Twitter, for all its good points, is still hard to love.

Today's Question: What would be an appropriate sentence for Charles Williams III?

Last week a Boone County judge threw out the initial sentencing of a Columbia teen convicted of second-degree robbery, citing an error made by the prosecution in its closing argument. What should the jury recommend in his new trial for sentencing?

LETTER: We must not let Afghanistan turn into Vietnam

Carolyn Doll writes that we must learn from our past military failures and find a new approach to combating al-Quaida in Afghanistan.

The Beat: A look inside the 'One in 50 Million' health care feature

Missourian health editor Katherine Reed and reporter Angela Hamilton visited The Beat to talk about the feature.

Liberal, conservative terms can be too broad to mean much

Everyone knows what they mean, and they mean something different to everyone.

Today's Question: Would you support a competitive, government-run insurance option?

Polls show that many Americans would support one a government-run insurance option ... as long as it's not called a public option.

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