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Opinion

We built this city on sewers

Even sewage systems factor into decisions made on Election Day.

Baby falls asleep but doesn’t stay asleep

Audrianna is just one month old, and she has been keeping her parents awake at night.

Discriminatory language still unbelievably prevalent

Hateful language flows too often and too easily, and sometimes comes from unlikely sources ... and it needs to be stopped.

Neighborhood association member trusts John Clark

The association, now an incorporated entity, thinks John Clark could help it set up places open at night for children.

61-year-old grandmother recalls her first Republican caucus

Jane Stuart attended her first political caucus in March. She said the votes were close, and she enjoyed participating in the unique process.

Federal Reserve System should stay out of market

Interest rate cuts are only going to make more problems, when the Fed. should just let the rates adjust themselves.

Letter: Sturtz can solve First Ward’s problems

Sturtz is creative, understands economic issues, is a strong communicator, easily accessible, and uninfluenced by special interests.

Supreme Court should recognize Second Amendment

The Supreme Court should let stand the D.C. Federal Appeals Court’s decision that D.C.’s ban on handguns violates the Second Amendment.

Citizens and the government should take responsibility for mortgage, food crisis

We lost a lot in our move from an agricultural to an urban society: Such things as realizing the importance of families working together, a willingness of neighbors to help neighbors, an appreciation of our relationship with nature and an understanding of death in the natural order.

Letter: Segert’s school board candidacy exciting

Ines Segert would bring energy and open-mindedness to the Columbia School Board.

Continuing to cover changes in the Iraq war from a local and national standpoint

Byron Scott, a veteran newspaper and magazine journalist, is professor emeritus, Missouri School of Journalism and director of The European Union Center at MU. He was filling in for Stuart Loory, who holds the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies at the MU School of Journalism, regular moderator of the weekly radio program “Global Journalist.” It airs at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays on KBIA/91.3 FM or at globaljournalist.org.

On the fence about school tax vote

Sewer bond issues are a definite yes, but the school tax is a harder call.

Balance of mind, body and spirit essential for living

One cannot live life to the fullest with anything less than a perfect balance.

A larger issue of race: discussing real-life problems in the First Ward

Community members as well as the press need to effectively discuss the issue of race in the First Ward, especially as the April 8 election approaches.

Sturtz is the best choice in the First Ward

Paul Sturtz offers a vision that goes beyond just the issues of the First Ward.

Letter: Paul Sturtz the best candidate for First Ward seat on City Council

Good ideas, solid people skills, intelligence and the correct values make Sturtz the best choice for First Ward voters.

Me-first mentality plagues Columbia Public Schools

Everyone from the superintendent to the public have their pet projects, but nobody is willing to give one up.

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.

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