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Opinion

Reporters' patience and hard work yield results for public

Missourian reporters worked on the transportation development districts story for eight months, reviewing about 10,000 pages of documents and interviewing key players.

MU professor faces big hurdles in bid for Sudanese presidency

MU professor Abdullahi Ali Ibrahim is planning to run for president of Sudan in February. Given the brutality of Sudan's current president, Omar al-Bashir, and the many economic and humanitarian issues in the country, Ibrahim will have to make great strides to win the election.

Pray for those you've lost touch with

Maj. K. Kendall Mathews writes about losing selfishness and reconnecting with people from the past.

Today's Question: Are TDDs good ways for developers to fund roads, or should there be more bureaucracy in place to oversee they are not abused?

Over the past three years, Columbia shoppers have paid $8.4 million in sales tax to fund development projects.

Battle over Broadway isn't just for property owners

Even though the changes for western Broadway are some time away, community discussions are being held and sketches of the busy street's solutions are being presented.

Social networking changes concept of conversation

Increased dependence on social networking and technology has diminished the quality of personal relationships.

E-mail hoaxes abound, beware

E-mail pleas and promises of fortune should be cause for warning. Internet hoaxes can be checked at hoax-slayer.com.

Today's Question: Is Sen. Specter's party switch a game changer?

Sen. Arlen Specter switched political parties Tuesday from Republican to Democrat. Will the switch make a difference as the president tries to push through his policies? Or is it merely symbolic?

Today's Question: How serious is the swine flu scare?

With the growing amount of reported swine flu cases and deaths in the U.S. and Mexico, should we be worrying about it in mid-Missouri?

Good things happening in Columbia

With a humane society makeover in the works, a record number of volunteers for a Cleanup Columbia event and a successful NFL draft for Mizzou, it's a good time to be living in Columbia.

Today's Question: Is NASCAR doing enough to keep its drivers safe?

NASCAR uses restrictor plates to prevent cars from traveling at unsafe speeds, but an unintended consequence is that cars bunch up in large packs, creating more opportunities for collisions. Do you think NASCAR needs to do more to ensure the safety of its drivers?

Belittling, second-guessing is lazy journalism

Name calling and insults are not becoming to any columnist, no matter his or her political leanings.

GUEST COLUMN: Investigative reporting may have helped overturn wrongful conviction

A class project for journalist Ben Poston, investigating the possible wrongful conviction of Josh Kezer, finally came to a conclusion almost two years after he graduated from MU when Kezer was exonerated by a Cole County judge. Poston published an article in 2007 that broke the news that the case had been reopened after 14 years. It also highlighted new witnesses and evidence not presented at the original trial.

LETTER: Tell the Missouri General Assembly to support fair tax

House Joint Resolution 36 would pass the fair tax at the state level, and help attract businesses to Missouri. Show your support by calling your senators today.

We need to act to solve addiction problem

The War on Drugs has not succeeded because we are too quick to write off the problem. To solve the drug crisis, we must realize that addicts — many of whom are in our own families and friend groups — are trying to cope with the stresses and anxiety of life.

The Beat: MAP testing program replaced

Columbia Missourian reporter Kim Tran talks about the new exams and what students have to say about the change.

LETTER: Are concealed weapons allowed in the House?

Missouri citizens voted against concealed weapons and state legistlators shouldn't overturn the outcome of that referendum. After all, are concealed weapons allowed in the House chamber of the state capital building? If not, why not?

Today's Question: Missouri football players prepare for the NFL

Six former Missouri football players were picked in the NFL draft. Which former Missouri football players do you expect to see get significant playing time for their new teams next season? Who landed in the best situation?

Today's Question: How should Columbia deal with hate groups?

An anti-gay group is scheduled to stop in Columbia to protest the City Council's unanimous approval to create a domestic partnership registry. What is the best way to deal with hate groups coming to Columbia?

International journalists in jail

Stuart Loory looks at the dangers of being a journalist in foreign countries and what is being done to free those in jail.

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