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Opinion

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.

Superintendent finalists face new priorities, public evaluation

The Columbia Public School Board is narrowing down its list of five candidates to focus on economically savvy, community-involved individuals. The final candidates will be announced by Sunday and will answer public questions in meetings next week.

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.

Horrors of Gaza war seen up close and personal

An MU student arrived in Israel when rockets started to fly and riots began last month.

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