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Opinion

Letter: Bad laws could be result of sloppy lawmaking

There is no reason the legislature should save the bulk of its workload to the last minute, but 60 percent of legislation recently passed in the House cleared in the final hours of the session.

Panelists see signs of hope in Middle East

Some important and hopeful things are happening in the follow-up to President Bush’s recent visit to the Middle East.

The good and the bad of legislative inaction

Missouri's 2008 legislative session is mercifully behind us.

Photos add life to any story

No matter the topic — an earthquake in China or the new Missouri Theatre — photos give a story the human element.

For legislators, politics gets in the way of governing

KBIA should make opera available to all

Several weeks ago, Bill Clark devoted one of his fine columns to his love of opera, both from Grand Ol’ Opry and from the Metropolitan Opera.

Letter: Missourians need health care now

We are paying enormous amounts for the administration and marketing of our health care system, rather than for actual health care.

Letter: Education funding should be state, federal priority

College graduates today are struggling with debt, and their struggles have ripple effects in the economy.

Increase punishment for vandals

J. Karl Miller thinks recent vandalism points to the need for harsher punishments.

Avoid the rain; stay inside and read

Severe weather conditions have caused people to prepare for the worst. Nolen is avoiding the bad weather by staying inside and catching up on reading.

10 ways that Bush shows his ineffectiveness

Bush is fiddling like Nero did in Rome, while our country falls apart.

Nagging needed to make community planning a reality

The slow-down has arrived. Over the past 10 days or so, the Missourian has published the numbers. Taxable sales in Columbia fell by $4 million last year, and they show no sign of turning around so far in 2008.

Watching the watchdog: Tell Columbia's news media what you think

Missourian editor Tom Warhover encourages citizens to engage in debate about the state of the news media.

Voter ID Act is an attempt at absolute power

The Voter ID law is, in fact, “fear-mongering” by the conservative end of the political spectrum.

Letter: YouZeum’s admission fee is too high

Places that are subsidized by taxpayer money, like the YouZeum, should be required to have lower fees to welcome more Columbians.

Evangelicals’ ties should be to the Bible, not to political parties

An Evangelical Manifesto urges evangelical Christians to focus on a biblical agenda, not partisan politics.

President Bush should be impeached for war crimes

The interrogation techniques used on prisoners of war were authorized by the White House and should be considered war crimes.

Letter: Arab Palestinians must accept Israel as a Jewish state

References to Israel's 41-year occupation of Palestinian territories could be misleading, without some insight on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Regulation of credit card companies is long overdue

The fact that these companies have gotten away for years with raising interest rates and treating their customers like criminals when they fall behind in their payments has given us a fair idea of whose side the government is on.

The country is not as bad economically as critics portray it to be

Gloom and doom economic forecasts overlook the fact that the economy corrects itself - without government interference, too.

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