In this section, we present a few of the major issues that have come up in the public discourse in the past week. We end each subject with a quesion to encourage you to consider your own opinions about these issues and how they affect our community. Please take a moment and contribute to the dialogue.
Level-headed community leaders are needed to address the difficulties that immigration has brought.
Missourian coverage of where to put a new high school helped force a more public discussion.
As local war opponents and a soldier’s family search for answers on Iraq, many questions fall on closed ears.
The use of diplomacy instead of military strength in North Korea could lead to better relations.
Take some lessons from the recent Missourian article, entitled “The Saga of the Warrens” (Aug. 25) if you want to know how African-Americans are really regarded by some of the Columbia community and MU.
It’s easy to get lost, whether on a winding drive home or along life’s many curves. Being a good pathfinder means knowing where you’ve been and where you’re going.
Missourians understood the stem cell amendment when it was passed, and efforts to reverse it are undemocratic.
Better use of tax dollars will fix our roads and bridges, and the politicians know it.
With all the trouble facing the American middle class, Rose Nolen has trouble finding reasons to smile.
A new book highlights the important role journalism plays in a democracy.
A national decline in selfishness has led to a lack of concern for the nation’s interests.
Could the old-fashioned resolve of America’s most resourceful TV lawyer restore honesty to modern politics? That’s a tall order, says Mary Lawrence.
There is still room for argument on the effects of global warming and secondhand smoke.
Success in Afghanistan requires more than money and troops.
Columnist recalls his growing friendship with Columbia resident George Godas, who recently offered 80 acres of land to Columbia Public Schools to build a third comprehensive high school.
Liz Heitzman, the Missourian’s immediacy editor, describes the newspaper’s new approach to delivering news — constant and immediate coverage via the Web site.
Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler railed against the practice of waging wars for profit in his book “War is a Racket.” Smedley’s lessons can be applied to the current war in Iraq, Bill Wickersham writes.
Diversity is a code word for social excellence and progress these days. The aim of the U.S.: Have as diverse a population as possible. The aim of the professions: Get great diversity. And of television programming: Diversify. And of race relations: Get diversity. And religion: Diversity is better. Of schools: We need more diversity. On and on we could go with this objective of diversity.
A proposal to change Missouri’s judicial nominee process has parties arguing over issues of partisanship and undue political influence.