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Opinion

LETTER: Vaslow distorted Obama's health care plan

Obama's health care plan actually helps more people get coverage

Kelly's record qualifies him to represent 24th District

Chris Kelly's experience and record on bipartisan politics makes him the best candidate.

LETTER: Take time to question Obama

Are we about to elect a rock star or a president?  Do we think that being a polished performer is more important than consistent, unwavering service to our country?  Do we really know enough about this new phenomenon named Barack Obama to elect him to the highest post of our country?

Voice of the voters is critical on Nov. 4

Your voice means nothing if you do not state your opinion openly. Your voice will be heard if you only take a little time to act.

LETTER: Abortion shouldn't determine vote for president

Pro-lifers should consider other issues before feeling compelled to vote Republican.

Obama health care plan, voters beware

The single-payer health care system under Obama's plan will abolish individual rights to quality care and kill the market incentive to innovate, while it will not improve the cost efficiency better than a free market system.

LETTER: Reject Proposition B, doesn't include standards for accountability

One issue on Missouri's ballot — Proposition B — will ask voters to decide whether the state should create a "Quality Home Care Council" to organize workers hired to provide personal care services. Voters should reject this proposition as "too good to be true."

The two branches need a joint effort, not one-party leadership

Our new president will have very little immediate effect on the problems at hand, but it is important to keep our executive and legislative branches bipartisan.

Behind the myth that few Americans have passports

The most recent statistics suggest the number of Americans with passports is much higher than assumed. For the average American, traveling abroad is not nearly so feasible, economically or logically.

It's time to move on from racism

Americans haven't gotten over the civil rights era enough to vote for a black presidential candidate.

Former Finnish president wins 2008 Nobel Peace Prize

Martti Ahtisaari won for his work as an international negotiator, particularly his most recent work bringing a peace settlement between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement. Meanwhile, questions remain regarding the durability of the agreement made last week between the U.S. and North Korea.

 

In character, judgment, policy, Obama's the better choice

My guy is a deeply religious Christian with one wife, one house and one car. He has been consistent throughout his public career in his commitment to social justice and his opposition to the wrong war. His opponent is, by his own account, a reformed playboy who dumped his faithful wife for a beer heiress.

Keep presidential attacks on policy, not personal, please

Karen Tumulty wrote for Time.com that McCain volunteers were being encouraged to use negative campaign talking points: that Obama is somehow connected with Bin Laden, that Obama "won't salute the American flag" and that Obama was not born in America. These are not policy attacks, they are personal.

LETTER: Prop C increases use of renewable sources

If approved, the proposition would require Missouri's investor-owned utility companies to purchase or generate 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2021.

Keeping the candidates — and the Missourian — accurate

Although the Missourian Watchword live debate blog was clunky to use, it provided readers with real-time fact checks, comparing candidates' words with the truth. Now that we've held candidates accountable for the truth, we're launching a "stand-down for accuracy" to keep the Missourian accountable too.

LETTER: Tailgating trash creates piles of problems

Garbage leftover from home football games will take its toll on the earth.

LETTER: Tigers fans' treatment of visitors embarrassing

Food was thrown at them, nasty names and obscenities were yelled and after the game they were physically threatened by a group of MU fans wielding a baseball bat.

Economic crisis is good news for renters

Increasing forclosures and falling rent prices offer a silver lining for buyers in the midst of our economic crisis.

Russian, Venezuelan leaders distract people from real issues

Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin each face slipping economies and waning support,  and rely on nationalism as a distraction.

Lead up to economic crisis should have raised red flags

The catalyst for the economic crisis, the housing market crash, should have been easy to forecast.

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