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Opinion

U.S. presidential election followed closely around the world

The U.S. economic crisis has brought even more attention to the presidential election.

Columbia doesn't need to park another garage downtown

Our automotive schizophrenia has been even more evident than usual the past couple of weeks.

LETTER: Bailout will not improve economy

Robin Hood was considered an outlaw because he robbed the rich for the poor. What do you call the rich who rob the poor for the rich? This is what the $700 billion bailout for the rich is doing.

LETTER: McCain presidency would pose threat to farmers, ethanol standards

McCain has consistently voted against ethanol standards, which have not only promoted clean air but have also provided extra income for rural communities.

LETTER: Don't believe the hype about arctic drilling

They tell us: "We're only going to drill in 2,000 acres of the Arctic Refuge — We swear!" But Big Oil's "2,000 acres" will sprawl across the entire Arctic Refuge just like 1,800 acres of Turnpike slices all across New Jersey.

Radio Adelante reaches out to Latino community

After speaking with many people in the Spanish-speaking community, I have learned Radio Adelante is filling a gap by providing news from the perspective of the Latino community, as opposed to that of an outsider looking in. As far as we know, Radio Adelante is the only student-run Spanish-language radio news show in the Midwest.

LETTER: Voting for Chris Kelly will help squelch partisan policymaking

My reason for supporting Chris Kelly as 24th District representative is a distaste for single-party rule at any level of government.

Responsible citizenship means voting

Will voters recognize the difference between candidates being "politically correct" out of respect for the audience versus those who use "political correctness" to exaggerate or pander, leaving the voter wondering what the candidate's real stand is on an issue?

No 'normal' setting exists in today's economy

Understanding that "normal" does not exist, and never really existed in the first place, is very important to the caretakers of our future.

LETTER: Operation Share-the-Road ensures safety for cyclists

The PedNet Coalition views bicycling as a legitimate and overwhelmingly practical mode of transport for local journeys. Most trips to work, school, shopping or social events in Columbia are five miles or less, so the time saved by driving is negligible.

 

Save money by shopping smart

The government got us jump-started by dropping a trillion dollars to absorb free radicals from our financial system. It’s probably time for us to bypass the pomegranate juice. $4 for a vial of POM isn’t the most thrifty way to eliminate antioxidants. There are ways to save money by spending some, though.

LETTER: U.S. must solve financial crisis

The government's bailout won't fix everything. The national economy needs a lasting solution.

LETTER: Thoughts on the 2008 election

On Nov. 4, voters have the choice of voting for a Warrior King or a community organizer.

Debates do little more than entertaining

I have never been favorably impressed with the content or the conduct of presidential debates, but I have watched some of every debate since the Nixon/Kennedy face-off in 1960. My indifference stems from several factors — artificial questions, lack of moderator control, dependence on soundbites and cliches as opposed to actual debate, but, most of all, because of their limited effect on the election's outcome.

Solutions to financial problems up to individuals

People should not rely on or wait for the government to solve economic problems but should figure out ways to cope on their own. Politicians should stop blaming each other, and those who allowed deregulation should be replaced.

LETTER: McCain doesn't have middle class interests in mind

Barack Obama and Joe Biden understand the woes that the average American are experiencing and truely have our country in mind

Experts weigh in on the global effects America's economy

Countries across the world are reacting differently to the economic slowdown that has the US reeling.

Public suffers when Congress, Wall Street aren't transparent

With the current economic troubles, a lack of transparency is a major problem in the government and on Wall Street right now.

Police should offer more information on their use of Tasers

An environment of openness and transparency should replace the current landscape surrounding the use of Tasers by the Columbia Police Department.

Purple is this season's red or blue state

There is one place for reds and blues. All 11 of Missouri's electoral votes in 2004 went to Bush. In the Electoral College, to the victor goes the color.

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