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Opinion

Be thankful for hope, if not for the status quo

Filled with war, economic tumult and pollution, 2008 may not have much to be thankful for. But if you retreat, find your own Walden Pond and embrace the small joys in live, you might find the strength to use your single voice, with others, to make a difference.

Former Marine reflects on Corps' courage and sacrifice

During the celebration of the Marine Corps' 233rd birthday, former Marine Karl Miller recalls the tradition of the birthday celebration and reflects on the values that have come to define the Corps.

LETTER: Central Humane Society needs community's help

The nonprofit agency, which has provided a service in mid-Missouri for 65 years, is having difficulty accommodating its growing needs.

Terrariums make unique holiday gifts

Because terrariums recycle their moisture, they can go a long time without being watered. Here's how to make one.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Media shows leftist bias in coverage of e-mail controversy

Coverage of a request by three Missouri media outlets to obtain e-mails from Gov. Matt Blunt's office has been inaccurate and untruthful, the governor's chief of staff says.

Pronunciation: Be comprehensible, not pretentious

Using foreign words and accents will likely alienate those around you.

Poor public schooling creates uneducated voters

Because I am always on the side of the underdog, I have always wanted to be the kind of person who could champion public schools. Unfortunately, most of them have not met up to my expectations.

U.S. signs agreement to remove military forces

By the middle of 2009, all American troops in Iraq will be restricted from active duty unless the Iraqi government calls on their assistance. There are mixed opinions on the likely efficacy of this agreement.

LETTER: Cheney's actions warrant impeachment

An impeachment trial is the best way to uncover all the wrongdoing that Cheney has had a hand in.

A front page suitable for framing

Advertising and circulation revenues continue to decline at newspapers nationwide, and journalists shouldn't feel apologetic when public enthusiasm garners papers a little extra revenue.

Watchdogs get it right; take down Blunt administration

We journalists like to talk about our "watchdog" role. We see it as not only the fulfillment of our First Amendment responsibility but as the public service that counter-balances the sensationalism, celebrity glorification and mindless shouting that are the dark side of our freedom.

LETTER: Women's health should be a priority for new Missouri legislators

The change of power of Missouri politics should also represent a change in the way we begin to improve access to emergency contraceptions.

A new airline has revitalized the Columbia Regional Airport

Mesaba Airlines was chosen as the new provider for mid-Missouri, and the success of the airport is growing every month.

LETTER: Visiting scholars appreciate hospitality

Lesley Sapp, from Asian Affairs Center at MU, shares the gratitude of Asian scholars and the parting words they provide before leaving.

Young journalists can learn from Sarah Palin's mistakes

Lesson to be learned from Gov. Sarah Palin's shortcomings: Know your strengths and weaknesses and assess them as honestly as you can.

Art of lobbying isn't all negative

President-elect Obama has banned lobbyist donations, giving the profession an unwarranted, immoral connotation.

Bush, Cheney should be impeached

White House leaders can still damage the country during their final two months in office.

LETTER: University needs to remember its land-grant mission

MU needs to focus back to its land-grant mission and stop spending money on frivolous studies.

Men also self-conscious about magazines featuring 'ideal' women

A new study suggests that men feel more self-conscious when confronted with a gorgeous woman than a handsome gent because of men's "strict" standards of appearance.

Recession vastly different from Great Depression

As it is, with winter progressing and the country sinking deeper into recession, I'm glad I have Geronimo, the cat, around to keep me focused. It's so easy to get depressed when you hear thousands are losing their jobs and their homes, everyday. And you could drive yourself crazy, realizing there is nothing you can do to stop it.

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