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Opinion

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.

Auto sales stalling across the globe

The downturn in the American economy is having a negative effect on many of the world's biggest automakers.

I get it: Daniel-Vandiver story didn't fit moment

In making the decision about placement, several editors said they worried about “voter fatigue” – so many heavy stories in such a short span. They underestimated the continuing hunger for hard news, which frankly newspapers haven’t seen from readers for a while now.

$1 billion MU raised won't go toward assistant professors, classrooms

Donors hardly ever want to underwrite the basics. Understandably, they want their names on something new and, preferably, highly visible. The basics — from steam pipes to classrooms and what goes on in them — are supposed to be provided by the state. ... Less than half the flagship's budget now comes from the state.

LETTER: Religious beliefs influence shared meanings

The tangible result isn't the only measure of what an action really means, and the "obvious" isn't always the answer.

County Clerk deserves praise for smooth election day

Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren is responsible for a smooth election day in Boone County.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Former YouZeum director deserved better

There are always two sides to any story and sometimes many more. I write now to show another side of what has turned out to be an unfortunate public airing of problems in a non-profit organization that has struggled for its very existence since its inception.

LETTER:Important to scrutinize religious texts

It's dangerous to excuse actions just because they're based on religous beliefs.

Spiders' bad reputation might be undeserved

Despite their reputation, spiders are more useful and less dangerous than we think.

The election is over, time to act like adults

Regardless of party affiliation, Obama is your next president, and we as a country need to move forward with him.

LETTER: More important topics than Daniel and his girlfriend

What is the necessity for the cover piece that was dedicated to Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel's girlfriend? For one, it was just two days after one of the biggest elections of our lifetime. And the fact that the Humane Society requires funds to stay afloat received such little coverage on your front page.

Education is the fuel for future changes

Education has taken a back seat in our society. To move forward succesfully, we need to make it cool again. 

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