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Opinion

Increasing education funds should come before increase in gun sales

It is somewhat comforting to know that Missourians aren't all worried about mortgage payments and keeping their jobs but are willing to engage in hobbies such as hunting and gun sports.

LETTER: First Night Columbia events should be free

Charging admission sends a cold, negative message that “some families” can participate and “other families” cannot.

Childhood memories keep Christmas alive

What has become a consumer holiday still ripe with the spirit that makes Christmas one of the most memorable and enjoyable holidays of the year.

On the front step or online, there's no place like home for newspapers

The Missourian will drop two days a week from its print edition to cut costs. Look around and you'll see newspapers around the country looking for answers as recession and digital formats force bottom lines to dwindle. 

Parents, teens at online loggerheads

Parents and teens don't see eye-to-eye when it comes to social networking sites such as Facebook because both have had very different experiences with the Internet.

Memories and legacies quietly shape our lives

There's something deliciously satisfying in thinking back through the years and remembering how things came to be the way they are.

Anarchists lead violent protests in Greece

Student riots in Greece are fueled by unrest concerning the economic situation, not merely the killing of a 15-year-old boy by a policeman.

Five Ideas: City taps brakes on red-light cameras

This week, we ask you to weigh in on the slow negotiations concerning red-light cameras, a Taser settlement offer given to the city, academic and athletic funding at MU, funding problems at the Humane Society and the cost-effectiveness of going green.

LETTER: Tasers are not safe

Taser use is too important to leave up to the police.

 

Talented journalists provide occasion to cheer

Three young journalists have transformed Adelante into a radio program, and one of them even got the radio program running as a podcast in iTunes. Also, Vox Magazine's Thursday edition on doctors in Columbia created another opportunity to marvel at young journalists.

GEORGE KENNEDY: 'Emaciated' MU can't take any more cuts

What to do instead, you ask? The only other choice is to raise revenue. That means raising tuition. The math is simple enough for even a journalist to attempt.

 

New presidency brings hope in bad economic times

Nationally and locally, economic and political news has been bleak, but there are signs that fortunes will change. The election of Barack Obama and signs that troops could be out of Iraq in the next two years are evidence that changes could happen in the near future.

GUEST COLUMN: Columbia faces animal care crisis

The Central Missouri Humane Society has taken in too many homeless pets and animals from the city and surrounding areas, and now faces limited resources to care for them. However, all is not lost.

LETTER: Ameren's request for rate increase is unfair

AmerenUE should not ask ratepayers to cover a cost it deems imprudent to pay on its own.

Corrupt governments would prey on financially weak press

As its legion of critics cheer lustily, the newsgathering business continues to implode, with no end in sight. The Tribune Company, the newspaper and television chain that publishes the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, filed for bankruptcy protection on the very day that the news agenda convulsed with news of the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Unrealistic 'green' expectations must be lessened from autos

The fragile auto industry needs a bailout that will get to the source of the problems without destroying the qualities that Americans value in their cars.

LETTER: Colorado right to ban soda in public schools

Soda is an addictive, damaging product that should not be readily available to children in school or at home.

For gardeners, seasonal plants offer holiday joy

Winter weather may keep outdoor gardens dormant for a few months, but the holiday season brings with it a variety of plants for decoration and gift-giving.

Sex health programs need realistic goals

Sexual awareness programs have good intentions, but initiatives such as free condoms in residence halls are much more realistic programs.

Difficult times make season for giving all the more important

People are experiencing more hardships than usual this holiday season. That should be a reason to put petty differences aside and focus on the things that really matter.

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