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GUEST COLUMN: What we need in a new superintendent

The search for a public school superintendent is fraught with challenges. Ken Green, co-founder of Youth Alternative Learning Exchange, offers advice from educators and his own personal experience.

 

 

Five-day delivery by USPS might help cure procastinators

Facing economic difficulty, the United States Postal Service has proposed Congress eliminate a federal mandate for delivery six days a week. While e-mail and other advancements have diminished its role in some situations, the Postal Service has come in handy for procrastinators mailing their last-minute, Saturday material.

THE BEAT: Discussion of mayor's appearance on CNBC

The Columbia Missourian's managing editor, Jeanne Abbott, talks to KBIA's Janet Saidi about how Columbia is fairing compared to national economic trends.

Know both sides, then argue abortion

An encounter with a stranger prompts a man to re-examine his views on abortion.

Missouri woman convicted in 2003 slaying

Paula Hall, 42, of Sparta, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 68-year-old Freda Heyn of Oldfield. A man accused of cleaning up the crime scene is still at large.

LETTER: Just say no to Ameren's proposal

The energy company's proposal puts the risk of building another nuclear plant on customers.

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.

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