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Opinion

Nations are getting on board with biodiversity efforts, but more can be done

The Convention on Biological Diversity held in Bonn, Germany, and attended by more than 100 nations, aims to get the international community involved in discussions about the implications of decreasing biodiversity.

Putting wind energy into perspective

After we ran an Associated Press story that identified bird deaths as one of the downsides of wind energy, one reader pointed out that wind turbines aren’t as detrimental to birds as many people think.

Mesa Airline’s takeoff leaves mid-Missouri travelers unaffected

High gas prices should make regional air travel a viable option, but travelers in this area seem content driving rather than dealing with airline hassles.

Letter: League of Women Voters urges climate legislation improvement

Scientific research illustrates the need for pollution reduction to slow the negative environmental changes resulting from global warming.

Letter: Reducing speed could help drivers save on gasoline

Drivers should be looking for ways to save on fuel costs.

Energy independence requires cooperation

America has the technology to let loose of our dependence on oil; now all that’s needed is the will to move forward.

Ignoring immigrants isn't helping anyone

It really does not make sense that Americans who are so concerned about foreign terrorists should be content to leave the country’s borders wide open for individuals to cross at will.

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.

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.

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.

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