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Opinion

FIVE IDEAS: Columbia finds new superintendent, police chief this week

This week, we also ask you to weigh in on the stimulus package, an increase in gun sales and the success of the Missouri men's basketball team.

Strike a blow for open government

The two words — open government — don't always go together. Fight for transparency with the new schools superintendent and new police chief.

Sub collision reminds world there's still a nuclear threat

The collision of two nuclear submarines, one French and one British, earlier this month is a reminder that nuclear weapons are still around, despite the attempts to reduce their prevalence.

LETTER: Obama can't change America on his own

American citizens could help Obama by speaking up to Congress.

MU budget problems make employees' February bleak

Bad news for MU employees abounds as benefits cuts exacerbate an already frustrating financial situation.

Tax plans look good on surface, rotten underneath

Examining the truth behind the Fair Tax Act and MoDOT's tax plans shows schemes to take residents' money.

LETTER: Ameren Ratepayers shouldn't have to assume risk

Ameren customers shouldn't be forced to bear the burden of financing a new nuclear power plant, which wouldn't provide energy for 10 to 20 years or more. CWIP provisions will hurt Missouri's economy.

Uncertain future of journalism

The journalism industry is losing skilled reporters left and right because it can't afford to keep them, but the public can't afford to lose the benefits of journalism in the process.

GUEST COLUMN: America must change its views on homosexuality

America is degrading its people, and everything Americans do against gay people is against our founding fathers’ words.

Big papers need to learn to plow through the season

Newspaper industry giants could find a lesson in staying power in the little guy's perspective.

The Beat: Mixed martial arts is no show for MU alum Ben Askren

Sports editor Greg Bowers and reporter Robby Lewis talk about Askren's athletic career.

Secret-ballot voting is fundamental right

Upon enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act, when a simple majority of the employees signs an authorization, union recognition is mandatory, thus making election by secret ballot unnecessary. But the right to vote by secret ballot has protected the individual voter for more than 100 years.

The Beat: Tigers defeat Jayhawks

Sports editor Greg Bowers and reporter Luke Thompson talk about Missouri’s unexpected victory over the defending national champions.

Get a jump on spring by growing paperwhites

Learn how to easily grow and maintain  paperwhite narcissus, bright and fragrant flowers that can bloom throughout winter.

Politically correct 'he or she' does little for feminism

This construction should be put in a group with other obsolete, politically correct constructions. There are gender battles worth fighting, but pronoun placement isn't one of them.

Trying economic times can bring families closer

Whatever the worst is that we have to bear, it can be borne more easily with the love and support of family on hand to help us through.

Israeli election leaves future of government in question

A large divide between the main political parties leaves little optimism for progress in the peace process.

A voice for Columbia is more quiet now

Jefferson City's move to all-syndicate radio is cause for fear at Columbia's KFRU.

THE BEAT: How the Columbia Missourian is faring during the economic slowdown

The Columbia Missourian's managing editor, Jeanne Abbott, talks to KBIA’s Sean Powers about the economy’s impact on the news business.

LETTER: Who is Barnes to bash Limbaugh?

There's a reason why 20 million people per day listen to Rush Limbaugh.

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