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Opinion

Master Gardeners help others learn to grow

Masters volunteer their time and talents in their communities, offering up-to-date horticulture information and gardening help. Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life through horticulture education.

Smarter choices needed for government to change

Americans need to take a look at the education system before a real change can happen.

Russia, Georgia are latest countries in a string of conflicts

New century brings more wars, big and small, and the United States is involved in many of them.

How would you feel about leaving online condolences in the life stories section?

Columnist Tom Warhover shares his thoughts on the new design of ColumbiaMissourian.com and adds suggestions.

Politicians: They lie, they lie, they lie

The FBI's claim that Bruce Ivins was behind the 2001 anthrax attacks doesn't add up.

Letter: Finding truths about oil prices

Voters must consider the candidates' platform and position on off-shore oil drilling and production.

Dress codes exist to discourage bad behavior

A grand opening in Kansas City caused controversy when organizers imposed a dress code, with some calling the dress code racist

Letter: Best to keep Columbia's trails unpaved

Extending and connecting the trails, rather than covering them in concrete, is a solid alternative to GetAbout Columbia's plan.

Cable outrage is result of society becoming more complicated and less satisfied

I don't know if the warpath against the cable loss means people are seriously addicted or they feel that things are falling apart so fast in the world around them that they look upon the boob tube as their last frontier.

Anthrax source still debated

The FBI says Bruce Ivins, an anthrax germ warfare specialist, was the man who killed five people and injured 17 others after the 9/11 attacks, but others say its case has holes.

Journalism: a discipline of verification

Anyone can blog a rumor, but a good journalist presents verified information.

Better late than never not true for Warren Funeral Chapel

The Warrens gave their time and efforts to afford everyone a proper burial or cremation. But no one was helping them when the first signs of trouble began.

It's inhumane to use Tasers, ever

First Ward resident finds use of Tasers to be disturbing, sad and sickening.

Public administrator as parent is inappropriate analogy

It is never appropriate for any government official to analogize that their position is parental in any fashion. An adult person with a disability is first and foremost a person. If they require a conservatorship or guardianship, they currently have the inability to manage their proprieties and have additional concerns and strife that the average person is fortunate enough not to have. They do not deserve being patronized.

Self-placed politicians on pedestals must end unwanted mudslinging

When these political characters start attacking people because of their political beliefs, their insults do not always land where they were meant.

MU dean questions the cause of the failing schools

Why are Columbia Public Schools failing the MAP? Many Columbia Public Schools failed to score ‘proficient’ on standardized tests.

Columbia artist maintains Beijing ties

Lampo Leong, chairman of MU’s art department has half a dozen mixed-media paintings at the Raab Galerie in Beijing.

International war crimes arguably most important since Nuremberg

Take candidates’ promises with a grain of salt

The 9th District race is shaping up to be the most interesting of Tuesday’s primary.

Letter: Cande Iveson has experience needed for state legislature

Her history of advocacy for family and children's issues makes her a strong candidate for 23rd District state representative

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