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Opinion

Sex health programs need realistic goals

Sexual awareness programs have good intentions, but initiatives such as free condoms in residence halls are much more realistic programs.

Difficult times make season for giving all the more important

People are experiencing more hardships than usual this holiday season. That should be a reason to put petty differences aside and focus on the things that really matter.

LETTER: Steinmetz column inaccurate in depiction of obesity programs

Child obesity in Columbia, as well as national, is a real problem, and the PedNet Coalition is creating many beneficial programs to promote healthy lifestyles for our youth.

This year's hajj to Mecca went off without incident

Despite recent violence and political controversy regarding the hajj, this Muslim traditional emphasizes peaceful coexistence.

Anyone with $62 million out there?

With the prospect of a 25 percent reduction in state revenue to the UM System staring us down, it's likely that many Columbia residents — even those not directly affiliated with the university — will feel the impact.

Just because Columbia is able to build doesn't mean it should

Columbia residents need to rethink their vision for the future of their community.

Holiday meaning overshadowed by retail frenzy

With the holiday season in full swing, the shopping culture of Americans remains as popular as ever. Recent events at a Walmart in New York have called attention to the problems this culture may have created.

Columbia needs to pitch in, save the Humane Society

As the economy continues to falter and the number of animals the Humane Society is taking in each day goes up, Columbia must do their part to help raise enough money for a new budget.

Media needs to be more thorough with foreign coverage

The way the media reports on international issues greatly affects the way Americans react in the polls.

Leave decision on Tasers to the pros

Despite wide-spread public outcry for their removal, Tasers provide a more appropriate solution to the problems officers face in the field.

Despite abortion stance, Obama takes Catholic vote

Catholics weighed more than just that issue in deciding their vote, and some suggest that even priests and Bishops cast their vote for the president-elect.

LETTER: Thanksgiving recipe was scrumptious, much appreciated

The turkey recipe published in the Columbia Missourian provided a delicious, unforgettable recipe that will continue to be used.

The greatest dog history forgot

While one dog has become a national hero, it is the story of another that deserves all the praise.

Abortions contribute to violent culture

President-elect Obama's abortion policies are lending to our culture of death, and it is important that Congress oppose the Freedom of Choice Act.

Individual interpretation of First Amendment brings problems

Abuse of freedoms are an unfortunate side effect of the First Amendment. Families must work together to combat illiteracy and survive difficult times.

Questions about Mumbai attacks unanswered

Who is responsible for the terrorist attacks that killed more than 170 people in India is unclear.

Looming budget struggles paint bleak future for Missouri

With University leaders being asked to envision budget cuts of up to 25 percent, no one — students, faculty, citizens, taxpayers — can dodge the impact of this recession or the state government's response to it.

Breaking down this year's headlines, Twitter-style

The important issues can be explained in 140 characters or less.

Go ahead, blame the media

It might seem like the media's trying to launch the public into panic mode, and sure, some blame's warranted. Blame the media for the stories that were missed a year ago — even three years ago. But don't blame the media for reflecting today's reality.

Parents hold the key to fixing childhood obesity

Subtle changes to diet over time will work much better than changing a child's eating habits all at once.

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