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Opinion

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.

LETTER: Support the troops, support Senate Resolution 636

After listening to Senator Obama accept his party's nomination for president, I wanted to bring attention to Senate Resolution 636. The purpose of Senate Resolution 636 is to recognize the success of the surge and the troops dedicated to victory in Iraq.

Palin sounds unsolid on questions of national security

Sarah Palin should have known better about the “Bush Doctrine” in her interview with Charlie Gibson. This candidate for vice president scares me.

Obama’s tax plans need second look

The tax policy bogeyman deployed largely to excite class envy needs badly an exposure to sunlight.

Obama needs more than change and Bill to win

Obama has not done enough to bring the Democratic party together to have a succesful campaign. Obama is going to have to do more than just comparing McCain to Bush; he has to actively bring people together and campaign on his own policies.

College students needed for improving child education

Teach For America calls for participation that brings changes to children’s educational inequalities.

LETTER: Cutting rural wireless networks could hinder emergency response

Firefighters depend on rural wireless networks during fires and other emergencies.

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