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Opinion

Limbaugh is hurting Republicans with criticism of Obama

With President Barack Obama's current popularity, Rush Limbaugh's controversial comments won't help the Republican Party's image.

GUEST COLUMN: Employee Free Choice Act would empower workers to unionize

Pending legislation would only change who gets to choose how to form a labor union. It would make that the choice of the workers instead of the choice of their boss.

THE BEAT: The debate over City Council member compensation

Missourian public life editor Scott Swafford rehashes the debate with KBIA’s Janet Saidi.

Optimism is better stimulant for America

Calm minds and foresight will boost the country, not a quick-fix economic stimulus.

Hypothetical desert island continues to captivate

Being stranded on a desert island is a scenario that has fascinated for centuries. No matter how cliché it becomes, we continue to find it irresistible. What exactly is it about the idea that so easily captures our imaginations?

THE BEAT: The search for Columbia's next superintendent continues

K-12 reporter Joshua Nichol-Caddy talks to KBIA's Sean Powers about the latest developments on the search for Columbia Public School's next superintendent.

As Congress fails to act, America must push for a new direction

In these troubling economic times, Congress needs to focus on helping the people of the U.S., working across party lines. In the future, a new party may serve as an answer to the constant power struggle between Democrats and Republicans.

Leadership lacking in post-crisis world

As many nation's economies are in crisis, no visible leaders have stepped forward with clear solutions.

LETTER: Senate should look deeper at Economy Recovery Bill

The measure includes funding for alternative transportation and would help create the "green jobs" that President Barack Obama has promoted.

What's all this Super Bowl fuss about?

Columnist David Rosman suggests staying away from the parties and sports bars on Super Bowl Sunday. Rosman wonders why the Super Bowl receives so much hype.

Don't worry — we're keeping the comics

The newsroom has had a long week of moving furniture, and many more tough decisions will have to be made by the end of February.

LETTER: Don't let convicted terrorist walk free

Don't forget the bombing of the USS Cole in the changed political atmosphere; instead, contact your representatives — local, statewide, nationwide — to voice your opinion on the trial of suspected terrorist Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

THE BEAT: Gang members indicted on drug, gun charges

Missourian public safety editor Katherine Reed talks about the significance of these charges with KBIA’s Sean Powers.

Five ideas: Is Obama on the right track with the stimulus package?

This week, we ask you to weigh in on the stimulus package, the search for a new schools superintendent, Gov. Jay Nixon's plans for the UM System, parking at the public library and the impeachment trial of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

History offers lessons in selecting superintendent

Columbia Public Schools have been in tough spots before. This time the district needs a superintendent who will stick around to restore the system.

Obama's plan will create jobs we need

A review of the president's stimulus proposal and that of Republicans shows Obama has the right idea for getting Americans back to work and the economy back on track.

THE BEAT: Coverage of the governor's State of the State address

KBIA's Sean Powers talks to managing editor Jeanne Abbott about Gov. Jay Nixon's first State of the State address.

LETTER: U.S. must develop its own energy

Besides wind and solar energy, nuclear power offers the next best alternative to securing America's energy-independence.

How will Nixon pay for his grand ideas?

The governor laid out some important promises in his State of the State speech Tuesday night, including reiterating his call for no budget cuts to higher education and a pledge of balancing the budget with no new taxes.

School choice up to parents

What if public schools are eventually federally consolidated in essence, and other choices regulated awayunder the guise of "quality control" – in order to essentially protect us from ourselves?  Well, at least we'd be free from the concerns of having a local school board to complain about.

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