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Opinion

Closing Gitmo may be more complicated than it seems

A quick closure of Guantanamo is beyond the parameters of simply executing an executive order. Of the 245 or so detainees remaining there, many are far too dangerous to be released here or in their home countries.

THE BEAT: Missourian coverage of the races for City Council

There are a couple of seats coming up for re-election on the City Council. One in the Sixth Ward is currently held by Barbara Hoppe, who plans to run for re-election. The other in the Second Ward is held by Chris Janku, who has pledged not to run for re-election when his term ends in April. To sort out the races, political editor Scott Swafford talks to KBIA's Sean Powers.

THE BEAT: Elizabeth Brixey discusses search for school superintendent.

Following the retirement of Phyllis Chase as superintendent of the Columbia Public Schools, the search has been on for her successor. After more than a dozen finalists, five remain. K-12 Education Editor Elizabeth Brixey talks to KBIA's Sean Powers about where the Columbia Public School Board is in hiring a new superintendent.

Neo-Nazi nonsense best ignored

By getting up in arms about a racist group's involvement in the Adopt-A-Highway program, we're doing nothing but giving more power and credence to people we should try to collectively ignore.

LETTER: Claims of Bisphenol-A safety are questionable

Industry-funded studies of the chemical found in hard plastics and metal food cans cannot be trusted.

LETTER: City shouldn't waste time with wind

A wind turbine farm in Boone County will not generate enough energy for Columbia.

Personal responsibility takes backseat in society

Americans must adopt a desire for greater individual responsibility to improve our society and avoid negative outcomes like the current economic crisis.

LETTER: Stealing from handicapped son is really low

A Columbia resident expresses anger over the theft of her son's paycheck. With the loss of the money, her and her family's lifestyle is being affected.

Obama's international impact yet to be seen

President Obama has already taken several steps toward building international relations, but some say it's still too early to tell how much his presidency will actually affect U.S. global affairs.

LETTER: School system could be improved with more like Segert

School Board member Ines Segert should be commended for doing what she thinks is right for both her family and community.

FIVE IDEAS: Reversing Bush administration policies on terror suspects

This week, we ask you to weigh in on Obama's decision to close Guantanamo Bay, the deal struck between Gary Forsee and Jay Nixon to stop tuition increases, the proposed statewide smoking ban, the killing of protected birds and another killing at Virginia Tech University.

LETTER: Ending uncontrolled borders could save the American Dream

Immigration law and border control should be addressed with a positive approach.

Missourian to pursue how race matters

Mr. Obama is making history as President Obama. His presence also has sparked discussions about race. It still matters. But how has the discussion about race changed over the years? What problems exist today? The Missourian starts a yearlong effort to tell the stories about Columbia.

As Obama distinguishes new direction from old, America benefits

Calls for bipartisanship can be heard from both parties, but President Obama should remember why America chose him and stay true to the policies he promised.

Obama lays it out in plain terms: Every American needs to help save country

Mr. Obama did not lead us into false hope and dreams that nothing is wrong but stated clearly and precisely what was broken and that we, all of us, were responsible for the repair to our national body.

Mayor, City Council need to rethink ethics of eminent domain

Using government power to seize the property occupied by two downtown businesses to build a new facility for the State Historical Society of Missouri is unethical.

LETTER: No morality exists in Gaza conflict

The blockade in Gaza is illegal under international law, yet the U.S. government continues to arm Israel.

Cell phones are a hard habit for drivers to break

The roads would be a lot safer if there was a ban on using cell phones while behind the wheel.

LETTER: You'll work hard walking in the shoes of another person

In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., everyone should try to increase their awareness of the extra work society requires of some people and not others.

YOUR TURN: Share your thoughts on Obama's speech

The following are excerpts of President Barack Obama's inauguration speech, as released by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. We've posed questions from his speech to you as inspiration for starting a community dialogue about this new chapter in America.

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