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Opinion

Student reminds me: No room for insensitivity in newspapers

Dressing sexy doesn’t justify rape

When I read an article in which a professor of psychology is quoted as stating that wearing these costumes “can be an invitation to trouble”, I get a little riled up.

MU’s Greek houses desperately need better fire protection

Columbia’s lawmakers need to make fire safety at fraternities and sororities a higher priority.

Dishonesty leads to disorder in our nation

The United States should learn from past mistakes of countries that have crumbled.

China’s Communist Party plans the country’s future direction

The 17th Party Congress will have a major impact on how China conducts its economic and political policies.

Playing it safe in 2008 campaign

Current presidential contenders could take a cue from Al Gore, a man not afraid to share big ideas.

No room for insensitivity in the newspaper

Jabs at political correctness are no excuse for a newspaper to print inappropriate words, and the Missourian encourages readers to think about and comment on the stories we run.

Give the patrolling kitties a voice and people will listen

A Three Stooges bottle opener, a dog and ever-vigilant cats are the inspiration for a million-dollar idea.

Gore’s Nobel efforts promote peace from the earth up

The former vice president was recently awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for preaching the dangers of global warming. David Rosman explains why that all adds up.

Worker struggles with medical needs long after accident

John Fry tells his story of his uphill battle with the health care system and his struggles to live without insurance.

War spreads war

In his recent opinion piece, “National Defense Deters War”, Col. J. Karl Miller quotes George Washington as saying: “There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.” In other words, war preparation deters war. The basic question regarding that assumption is: “How’s that working for us?”

Fall isn’t necessarily end of planting season

Many plants flourish in containers in cooler weather.

Military impersonators get no respect in today's society

Individuals who falsify rank and wear medals without authorization are being called out and prosecuted for their subterfuge, while true defenders are celebrated for their actions.

Flawed system leaves good days behind

With a surge in national debt and health care costs, the economy may never be the same unless a change is made in the system.

Poor Missourians need safety net

With all the medical expenses not covered by Medicaid, people do not have enough money to live on.

Blunt’s curators working against UM’s best interest

A political divide is growing in the UM Board of Curators, and it may negatively affect other aspects of the university.

Che’s doctrines outdated, but idea of reforming government is not

For years, we’ve seen Che Guevara’s likeness printed on T-shirts, wall posters and any kind of souvenir around the world.

Sense of optimism surrounds news industry’s latest innovations

This year’s Associated Press Managing Editors conference was full of stories of newspapers reinventing themselves and embracing technology to deliver news in new ways.

Over time, our values may change

We should be careful of our strong reactions, because the things we find important may be different in the future.

MU Muslim Student Organization spokesman retracts statement about Ramadan

Allison Ross wrote a great cover piece on Quran recitation during the month of Ramadan. It was insightful, and for once, Muslims looked like quite amiable people in the news. Until I had to open my big mouth.

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