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YouZeum wins over a skeptic

It isn’t every day — or even every decade — that Columbia gets a new attraction, so when I saw in the paper that the long-awaited YouZeum would open May 1, I decided I’d better get there early.

Happy, peppy people exercise

Exercise stimulates the mind and body and makes people happy and healthy.

View propaganda with an open mind

Propaganda is no longer just a government-sanctined tool, but not open to the citizen zealots.

U.S., Russia need to reverse arms race

Both the U.S. and Russia still have nuclear missiles despite their agreement to reverse the arms race.

Earth Day little more than a fashion statement

Environmentalism and conservation are admirable qualities, but they shouldn’t be practiced for the sake of being cool.

Letter: Prevention a more common-sense approach

Prevention, including contraception education, would help prevent more abortions.

Feeling disconnected in Kansas City

The author says she misses the friendly people and warm memories she had in her old hometown before progress caught up with the place.

Recipe for peace in the Middle East is elusive

President Bush’s meetings with Middle East leaders is one way of trying to leave a mark at the end of his presidency.

Independent civilian board needed to review complaints against police officers

Citizen complaints against police officers are 10 times more likely to be found valid if filed by a white resident than by a black resident.

Earthquake gives Boone County residents something to talk about

Missourian readers contributed to the community conversation via e-mail and Web site comments after a trembler in Illinois was felt nearly 300 miles away in Boone County.

Animals’ behavior keeps life interesting

Between the faithful watchdog and a window-flogging cardinal, there’s never a dull moment on Rancho DeLirious.

In the fight against global warming, we must see the big picture

Gov. Matt Blunt’s plan for Missourians to buy Energy Star appliances may actually increase our carbon footprint due to manufacturing costs.

Letter: Sean Spence for a bipartisan state

Sean believes not in bickering on the house floor but in reaching out to local leaders of the political opposition to create a working bipartisan system.

Letter: Christians should avoid literal translation, consider Bible’s spirit

Biblical words can often refer to abstract ideas and should therefore be loosely interpreted.

Letter: House bill on abortion disrespectful of women’s right to choose

The bill would expand the definition of “coerced” abortions to include women in domestic violence situations.

Letter: Midwives should be licensed in Missouri

Midwives and home births are safe, if not optimal, and the government needs to start taking action to empower women in making decisions over their own births.

Politics don't belong in the Olympics

The real point of the Olympics is athletic competition, not to make a political statement.

 

Americans must remember value of a good education

The America’s Promise Alliance reported recently that 1.2 million students drop out of high school annually. So what are we doing about it?

Impact of Iraq War worse than conveyed by Petraeus and Crocker

After five years, the Iraq War looks increasingly like a no-win situation.

Equal opportunity remains a goal, not a reality

UM System President Gary Forsee has strongly endorsed the value of diversity and walked the walk.

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