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Opinion

A love letter for the NYMEX

Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and ... the New York Mercantile Exchange?  Why the NYMEX is now, in a time when all things Wall Street have a bad rap, one of my favorite things.

Today's Question: Finding the future ideal School Board member

What qualities in candidates should the Columbia School Board consider in choosing a replacement for Tippin?

For jailing journalists, Cuba is the little island that can

U.S. media take no notice as the director of an independent Cuban news agency is sent to prison for three years and the Comittee to Protect Journalists reports that 22 journalists are in prison on the island.

International reaction to North Korea's nuclear tests

On Memorial Day, North Korea detonated a nuclear device. Here, four journalists discuss the United Nation's reaction to the nuclear test.

LETTER: Looking at the whole issue of abortion

Anti-abortion activists aren't looking at the whole issue and often neglect to focus on alternatives to abortion.

LETTER: Keep 'Pepper & Friends' on the air

The show has spent years educating and entertaining the community. Please help keep it on the air.

Today's Question: Did GetAbout Columbia put too much money toward advertising and education?

City officials are split on whether GetAbout Columbia is spending enough of the federal grant money on infrastructure.

Bill Ferguson's pursuit of son's acquittal is worthy of praise

For five years, Bill Ferguson has been fighting for his son's freedom. Ryan Ferguson was convicted in 2005 in the murder of Kent Heitholt, the sports editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune.

America's enemies also come from within

Throughout history, the U.S. population has acquired a distrust toward "Them," any outsiders that American citizens would consider the nation's enemy. This distrust has grown so blind that we often forget just how many enemies actually lie within our own borders.

LETTER: Roots 'N' Blues festival should be open to all

If the City Council approves admission fees, Columbia taxpayers should not subsidize this private-for-profit event.

Today's Question: Regulating TDDs

On this session's last day, the General Assembly passed the economic development bill, which includes a few paragraphs regulating transportation development districts. Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to sign the bill into law.

'Summer Columbia' offers array of festivals, concerts

During the summer, Columbia might seem like a dull town to some, but the city in fact hosts a wealth of films, festivals and concerts.

Civilized debate over merits of death penalty worth the conversation

Particularly cruel murderers should be able to receive the death penalty, when judges and juries deem it just.

Today's Question: How should the UM System deal with budget woes?

Eliminating positions and leaving others unfilled could save the UM System more than $2 million. But is it the best way to deal with a declining operating budget and revenues?

Text messaging while driving is wrong regardless of driver's age

Text messaging isn't the only problem. Talking on the phone, applying makeup and drinking coffee take a driver's attention away from where it should be: the road.

Today's Question: Finding opportunity in a down economy

More people than ever are applying for graduate schools in the face of a tough economy. But with more people earning advanced degrees, the job market is becoming flooded with "overqualified" workers. Is the deflated economy a good opportunity to pursue a advanced degree?

Media should be careful with 911 calls

The media needs to be thoughtful about when and how emergency recordings are used. Using them for scream-value alone is to risk a valuable means of protecting public safety and endanger the privacy of victims for something that often looks like an inane attempt to turn the news into "24."

GUEST COLUMN: The valor of patriots remembered on Memorial Day

The holiday was first begun to honor those who died in the Civil War. Today, we celebrate the brave soldiers who protect the peace at home and overseas.

GUEST COLUMN: What makes a great city?

Are the characterstics and qualities of a great city different for ethnic minority residents?

Guests often become friends for Pepper and Mouser

Many of the people who have appeared on "Pepper and Friends" over the past 27 years have been more then interview subjects. And they have been a variety of characters. "We run the gamut, I think, in local community television," co-host James Mouser said.

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