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Opinion

Federal surveillance targets terrorists, not citizens' privacy

A recent panel gathering at MU to discuss the Bush administration’s wiretapping showed little promise of objectivity.

Spring brings blooming lilacs

By planting from the three varieties of lilacs, you can have blooms for up to six weeks. The plant's arrival in America dates back to the mid-1750s.

Resolve nation's problems by learning their cause

Unless we deal with the cause and effect of our nation’s problems, we’ll never be able to move past the disasters.

Tibetans continue struggle against China

With the Olympics coming to Beijing, the tension between Tibet and China has been renewed.

Letter: Vote against the 54-cent property tax for school funding

The Columbia School District doesn't need more money. It needs better budgeting.

Heated presidential race fuels politics junkies

George Kennedy writes about balancing politics with sports and other interests.

Major news events well served by both old and new media

Use of new technologies can give a fresh view on news stories.

Sneed family thanks community for support

The Sneed family thanks the community, neighbors, firefighters and police and MU Health care for their support following the explosion of their parents’ home on McNab Drive.

Letter: Sturtz would not take City Council responsibility lightly

Paul Sturtz would make the voices of First Ward citizens heard if he were elected to City Council.

March is a telling month for MU women’s basketball

Now is the time for rooting for the teams that still have a chance to be champions — and to look at the teams that never had a hope of going to the tourney.

True HMOs could fix health care system

Americans choose unhealthy lifestyles, take no responsibility for consequences and health care costs continue to rise as a result.

Letter: Fred Parry should be rewarded with a vote in the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees election

Fred Parry, as part of his trustee duties, negotiated a fair lease with BJC HealthCare and should be given a vote in the upcoming election.

Neighbors of Ragtag want consideration from theater’s owners

Construction of the new Ragtag Cinemacafe has been an interruption to the daily life of its neighbors, yet no one from the theater has acknowledged it.

It's the war economy, stupid

The Bush administration’s war spending is taking away from spending in other areas.

Garden journals help with building creativity

Keeping a garden journal can give you an outlet for creating and designing your perfect garden, as well as offering you space to record information about plants and seeds you selected.

Letter: Sturtz would make positive changes in First Ward

Paul is quietly inspirational, and his humility allows others to work together to make big ideas like the Ragtag Cinemacafe and the True/False Film Festival happen in Columbia.

Keep opinions off the front page

Karl Miller gives budding journalists the advice to leave their opinions and personal agendas out of news stories.

Letter: Vote Paul Sturtz as First Ward City Council member

Sturtz will work for clear council procedures and for a future Columbia that is sustainable and has the quality of life that many here desire.

Letter: Sturtz’s energy, commitment will benefit City Council

Paul Sturtz would represent the First Ward with the same kind of just, capable, well-informed and imaginative civic commitment he has applied to all his other work in Columbia.

It's time somebody took control of this country again

More government wouldn't hurt a thing — in fact, it's needed now. Left to their own devices, people and corporations generally can’t be trusted to do the right thing. We need government to step in and increase regulation.

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