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Opinion

Letter: Farm loans available to socially disadvantaged applicants

The Farm Service Agency can make and guarantee loans to applicants to buy and operate family size farms and ranches.

Letter: Railroads could be more cost-effective way to move freight

Increasing rail systems instead of building additional lanes on Interstate 70 for trucks could be more cost-effective.

Contain your affinity for fresh produce; fresh produce possible without full-sized gardens

Green thumbs that want fresh vegetables but are restricted by living conditions: there is hope. Growing a garden in a container can be just as good as a regular garden.

McClellan’s book reveals no new information, rehashes Democrats' arguments

Press secretary Scott McClellan’s book simply rehashes already stated and reviled feelings of the Democrats.

Letter: McCain has conflicting views on war

Republican presidential candidate John McCain's television commercials appear contradictory.

Letter: Bob Pund would be advocate in state legislature

Pund, a candidate for the 25th District seat has a diverse background that would make him a strong state representative.

Iowa floods create hardship for community

A former Columbia KOMU/Channel 8 anchor talks about the devastation of flooding in Iowa, and how journalists are helping keep residents informed.

Hard times, emergencies make us realize we’re all in this together

The neighbor’s house and property should not have to be destroyed by a weather or fire event for people to discover that we are all human beings.

Letter: Families feeling money crunch

The community can do more to make the financial bind less serious for families.

Nations uncertain on how to adjust to oil prices

While American drivers take the fuel increases in stride and do little to object to record profits by petroleum companies or the inactivity of government in keeping prices down, protests have been growing around the world.

Columbia School District should use surplus to pay teachers

The school board showed two budgets to the public at its meeting Thursday. One would cause the teachers to endure a cut in salary.

Technology helps journalism evolve into engaging readers with what’s important to them

New ideas come from a conference focused on civic media and people-to-people journalism.

Rating the candidates’ public speaking skills

McCain needs to stop smiling so much and return to his impromptu speaking style. With comparisons to Kennedy, Obama’s the man to beat, but his great oratory skills don’t necessarily mean he will win.

Letter: U.S. tactics must evolve with terrorism warfare

Outdated war rules may not be serving overseas soldiers well.

Letter: City Council retreat far from unproductive

Several ideas for city development were discussed, with stakeholder views in mind at the City Council retreat.

Letter: Bike trail would be asset to Vanderveen neighborhood

City land should be enjoyed by all, not just a few residents in Vanderveen.

Civilian review board no help to Police Department

By trying to fix something that wasn’t broken, the civilian review board hampers a sound police department and may slow the search for a new police chief.

Gas-price crisis calls for improved energy-use solutions

To deal with rising gas prices and a global demand for more energy, current politicians and business owners need to break from past policies and turn to new solutions.

Summer movies raise fascination in spying

Because new spy movies are playing in theaters this summer, the guests of Global Journalist talk about the fascination and future of what some call the world's second-oldest profession: spying

In contrast to England, presidential election offers distinct choices

Unlike England, the upcoming U.S. presidential election will offer distinct candidates with distinct policy positions.

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