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Opinion

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.

Children need a moral education

Implementing school voucher systems to allow parents to ensure their kids are getting a good education will help solve school violence and many of the problems we see today.

Recent attacks should draw more attention to violence against women

Drawing attention to last week’s assault against grad student Kendra Yoder is a step toward preventing these crimes.

Actions of Bush, Cheney make case for impeachment

An organization of West Point graduates and a U.S. representative are collecting evidence against President Bush and Vice President Cheney in hopes of getting them impeached.

Parents must take lead in protecting children

Americans need to step up and get involved in civic projects if they want to improve the country.

Plagiarism pits integrity, compassion against each other

The John Merrill plagarism scandal holds much to discuss about attribution and responsibililty.

Missouri misses chance to save the planet

Missouri was not represented at a recent conference of Midwestern governors gathered to address global warming.

Commentary: Missouri-Kansas rivalry intense enough without invoking Civil War memories

Sports hate can be enjoyable, but old-time real hate is something best left in the past.

Don’t forget donations in your budget

Put a little aside for those charities that really need the money.

Writers Guild strike isn’t scaring anyone

This isn’t 20 years ago: If TV and screen writers continue to hold out for better wages, audiences may well shrug and move on

Relocating I-70 further north in Columbia will help traffic flow, city growth

Expanding the existing highway will not solve long term issues; Columbians should consider creating an I-70 bypass further north.

American citizens should fight for their veterans

American politicians and citizens should fight for better benefits for the people who fight for their country.

Leaders must support troops with action, not just words

We must call on our legislators to provide better treatment to veterans.

Spider plant requires little maintenance

Spider plants reproduce easily and purify the air.

High oil prices are a political problem

Different nations have different responses to the rising price of oil.

Government working with biodiesel industry to make alternative fuel a reality

Readers need to know “the rest of the story” about what’s being done to ensure biofuel incentives are used for the right purposes.

Public demands more from media on presidential candidates

According to public opinion polls, the public isn’t satisfied with the limited information the media provides on the presidential hopefuls.

Community and reporter dialogue possible through newspaper’s blogs

New Missourian blog The Watchword focuses on Columbia and Boone County government news, and it is meant to foster community conversation.

New baby brings lifestyle changes

Expecting parents brush up on carpentry and accounting skills in preparation for their new family member.

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