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Opinion

Election polls expose some Americans' racism to the world

An Associated Press-Yahoo poll showed that many white Americans would not vote for a candidate because of the color of his skin. It's time for America to move on and get over themselves.

 

LETTER: TV inappropriately depicts women's violence during rape awareness week

The sensationalizing of violence against women during a week designated against it is unproductive and raises questions about ethics in media.

Community Conversation: Let's talk about the next president and our town

I have no doubt that Columbia will be a different place four years after the election. Which candidate is promoting the policies that will leave mid-Missouri residents better off four years from now? 

Urban pioneers transform mule barn into innovative space

Neither steers nor butchers would feel at home. What you see is a beautifully stripped down and cleaned up 18,000 square feet of what Brian and Joy Pape are calling, and hoping will become, "upscale commercial space."

$700 billion equals what?

All the populace knows is that somewhere there is $700 billion that will be used to fix another fine financial mess we have gotten ourselves in.

Education and alternatives are crucial in solving abortion issue

 Pro-life means you should support abortion alternatives, which help the woman decide to keep her baby. A woman needs to feel she can have help to raise her baby properly.

Letter: What are Columbia's City Council's priorities?

Is the will of the people that all of these facilities be built, or is it the will of our City Council?

Print ads can't keep up with the morning train — or school bus

As audiences continue to splinter across the explosion of Web pages, they mostly commute on the same trains, walk the same blocks and drive the same roads as before the Internet. The train advertisement is spectacularly, and eerily, effective.

Providing the check on open-source journalism

As the Internet provides a larger forum for citizen journalists, the need for control of accuracy and fraud is becoming more apparent.

Palin breaks glass-ceiling, much to dismay of media, feminists

Most of you remember Dinah Washington's "What a Difference a Day Makes."  If one transposes that thought to "What a Difference a Political Ideology Makes," there is an excellent analogy of the mainstream media's and of the syndicated editorial columnists' reaction to Sen. McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate. Like the "Energizer Bunny," it just keeps on going.

LETTER: Long-term energy plan needed to solve problems

A long-term energy plan, not just the decision to institute offshore drilling, is needed to protect our national security, rejuvenate our economy and save our planet.

LETTER: Time to take action on illegal activities in Paquin Park

The chronic drinking and drug activities in Paquin Park, which is directly behind the Lee Elementary, can or could affect the children nearby.

Economic downturn no surprise to average Americans

Years of deregulation of corporations and borrowing from other countries has set the U.S. on a dangerous trajectory. Meanwhile, many Americans are focused on putting food on the table and keeping a roof over their families' heads and remain unaffected by Wall Street's fluctuations.

LETTER: Palin lacks truthfulness, tact and tolerance

Gov. Sarah Palin exhibits several negative qualities that are reminiscent of the current administration.

Top financial correspondents weigh the world-wide economies

Correspondents delve into the housing market, AIG, government intervention and skiddish investors as a sign of the times in a sagging economy and what the future holds.

Fact-checking Web sites are good news in a muddy presidential race

These Web sites are actually focusing on the candidates’ positions, something the press should be doing.

Floods, fights constitute strange week in Columbia

In a week filled with Ike floodwaters, a drowning death an a fight that spread across a large swath of downtown, the Missourian helped citizens separate rumor from fact and put events in context.

LETTER: Kudos for taking care of MKT trail

As a daily four mile walker on the MKT trail for more than 20 years I am very grateful to have such a great exercise spot available in Columbia.

MSNBC makes right call by taking Matthews, Olbermann off anchor desk

MSNBC's decision last week to replace the team of Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann as anchors of its live political coverage for the rest of the presidential campaign season cheered conservativesand angered liberals.

LETTER: Hulshof works for companies, not people

For the past 12 years, Congressman Kenny Hulshof has been part of the problem in Washington.

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