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Opinion

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.

LETTER: Sen. Graham does not deserve re-election

Sen. Chuck Graham violated voters' trust with prior arrests.

LETTER: MU fans are friendly and welcoming

Football visitors remark on kindness of Missouri fans during Saturday's game.

LETTER: Tucker Prairie should be treasured, not forgotten

The Missourian's article on Tucker Prairie is a melancholy reminder of troubling changes to Missouri life and land.

Political warfare useless amid financial crisis, real-life problems

Under the circumstances, I really don't care to hear any more debates. According to the financial experts, no one knows how long this crisis will last, so there are no answers to the important questions being asked. So, we will all just have to tough it out as best we can.

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.

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