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Opinion

Money matters more than we think

As gas hits record highs, speculators are getting richer. Some who have committed financial misdoings are still praised for making a few people rich. It seems money counts for more than people want to think.

Columbia is paradise for hip replacement surgery

Getting hip surgery confirms the fact that Columbia is paradise after dealing with doctors, surgeons and a recovery center staffed by angels.

New Missourian site launches; tell us what you think

The new design of our Web site was launched Tuesday night. Help us work out the bugs. Is it working? Are you having trouble viewing a story or video? Please go here to leave a comment, share your ideas for future improvements and see what others have to say.

GetAbout trails close to homes should not cause concern

Residents shouldn't be upset that trails will be built near their homes.

Panhandling should be illegal in Columbia

Panhandlers don’t deserve my money I work hard for. Keep these people off the streets, Columbia Police Department. They are a menace to society.

We should trust the police to use Tasers safely and fairly

Tasers make the job of being a police officer a little less hazardous.

Letter: An apology for lack of notification

On behalf of the city of Columbia, and the Columbia Police Department, we wish to publicly apologize to the Harris family, and to the customers of their business who were present on the evening of July 16 and affected by our activity.

Diverse religions must accept each other, stop pushing beliefs on others

Closed-minded persons are restricting the freedoms of others by not looking beyond their own religion.

U.S. exports economic problems

The economic problems affecting the U.S. are also showing up in the United Kingdom, Spain, Australia and Ireland.

The British hear more about the U.S. than we are about them

Much of the news from Britain is similar to the U.S., including the problems with the economy and violence. A main difference is that knives instead of guns are used in the British killings.

Letter: Trails are great for residents and property owners

The economic, environmental and recreational benefits of new trails far outweigh the complaints raised by the project’s opposition.

The Columbia Missourian is updating its interactive Web site

Improved access to advertising, photos, multimedia, stories and blogs are just a few of the improvements being made on ColumbiaMissourian.com.

Student vote on board of curators would lead to positive results

The chairman of ASUM, the student lobbying organization, say ASUM did not "agitate" legislators into passing the bill to allow a student curator to vote as a George Kennedy column said.

‘Give peace a chance’

Watching the disturbing television news on a peaceful Sunday afternoon should cause American policy to mirror John Lennon rather than the current pointless conflict.

Mary Still is strong candidate for state representative

Support of Missouri schools is support of Missouri’s future; Mary Still, running for the 25th seat in the Missouri House of Representatives, supports both.

‘Welfare’ is a misused term

The Monday article ‘Circles Help People Looking To Get Out of Poverty’ says the Temporary Assistance for Program for needy families was formerly known as welfare. But "welfare" is a generic term, not the name of a real program.

Evening garden offers oasis after a day of work

Our eyes see differently at night, and colors tend to take on a different look. An evening garden relies heavily on flowers that are white or light-colored and so are visible even on a moonless night.

Patriotism shouldn’t be questioned, just taught

Whether one exhibits symbols on his or her clothing, automobile or residence has absolutely nothing to do with patriotism.

Letter: Discussion must be led without anonymity to have impact

No one should be ashamed of statements made during a discussion that was for the public's benefit.

Patriotism is not seen in actions of Americans

Most people believe that practicing the rules of good citizenship is proof enough of their patriotism.

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