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Opinion

The new year needs to bring a new attitude for change

There are plenty of good ideas to make this country run smoother, but the United States is in need of a strong leader to execute these plans.

Good government provides opportunity, not perfect equality

This notion of a level playing field is wishful thinking in that it ignores fundamental differences among people. We are all human; however, our dissimilarities abound.

Results of foreign elections bring uncertainty

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela lost a referendum that would have made him president for life, while President Vladimir Putin of Russia gained more control over parliament.

The John Merrill debate: As journalists and educators, this much we know for certain

Though debate rightfully rages over the consequence of John Merrill’s quote-lifting column, MU School of Journalism faculty say its ethical problem is set in stone.

Save college football like Blunt saved Christmas

Good news: Gov. Blunt says it's acceptable to say 'Merry Christmas. Bad news: The BCS bowl selection system is flawed.

Merrill's columns should be reinstated

Professionals in the news business weigh in on John Merrill's unwarranted firing.

Remarkable season gives Tigers well deserved front-page coverage

MU football's recent benchmarks mean it’s time to sit up and take notice in a different way.

Preparing pets for a new baby

There are several ways to get your pets ready for a new addition to the family.

Religion and politics are like oil and water

The U.S. Constitution unambiguously says that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

Gardeners use science to measure taste

Devotees of the Brix scale think it is the most accurate indicator of the flavor of produce.

U.S. torture practices need to end

The controversies over waterboarding and the torture of Abu Ghraib prisoners are indicative of a much larger culture of torture in the American CIA and military.

Billboards pollute Missouri’s natural beauty

The advertisements in the “billboard jungle” along Interstate 70 are unsightly and sometimes distasteful.

Missouri should protect its parks from smelly farms

A former director of Missouri’s Division of Tourism says large factory farms threaten tourism to the state’s parks.

Eminent domain law needs revision

Missouri requires a consitutional amendment to improve the protection of private property.

Traditions should stay traditional

Some want to change to stories and traditions surrounding America's holidays, but enough is enough.

Conference a “long shot” to lead to peace between Israel and Palestine

It’s too early to tell if the one-day peace conference will lead to more than good words.

University presidents ought to be politicians

The majority of curators has made it clear that the primary criteria for a new president is not that he be a politician, but rather that he be an outsider and that he come from the business world.

New media, familiar truth: Columbia's stories abound

Training with a microphone and video camera is a great way to learn, Tom Warhover writes. There are more ways to cover stories than ever before, and a host of stories just waiting to be told.

Officials should not dismiss recent violent crimes

With stories of violent crime seemingly everywhere, official explanations that nothing unusual is going on are less than satisfying.

An oath is not to be taken lightly

The whining, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth by State Department and Foreign Service Officers over the administration’s decision to order them to service at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is appalling.

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