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Opinion

Letter: An apology for lack of notification

On behalf of the city of Columbia, and the Columbia Police Department, we wish to publicly apologize to the Harris family, and to the customers of their business who were present on the evening of July 16 and affected by our activity.

Diverse religions must accept each other, stop pushing beliefs on others

Closed-minded persons are restricting the freedoms of others by not looking beyond their own religion.

U.S. exports economic problems

The economic problems affecting the U.S. are also showing up in the United Kingdom, Spain, Australia and Ireland.

The British hear more about the U.S. than we are about them

Much of the news from Britain is similar to the U.S., including the problems with the economy and violence. A main difference is that knives instead of guns are used in the British killings.

Letter: Trails are great for residents and property owners

The economic, environmental and recreational benefits of new trails far outweigh the complaints raised by the project’s opposition.

The Columbia Missourian is updating its interactive Web site

Improved access to advertising, photos, multimedia, stories and blogs are just a few of the improvements being made on ColumbiaMissourian.com.

Student vote on board of curators would lead to positive results

The chairman of ASUM, the student lobbying organization, say ASUM did not "agitate" legislators into passing the bill to allow a student curator to vote as a George Kennedy column said.

‘Give peace a chance’

Watching the disturbing television news on a peaceful Sunday afternoon should cause American policy to mirror John Lennon rather than the current pointless conflict.

Mary Still is strong candidate for state representative

Support of Missouri schools is support of Missouri’s future; Mary Still, running for the 25th seat in the Missouri House of Representatives, supports both.

‘Welfare’ is a misused term

The Monday article ‘Circles Help People Looking To Get Out of Poverty’ says the Temporary Assistance for Program for needy families was formerly known as welfare. But "welfare" is a generic term, not the name of a real program.

Evening garden offers oasis after a day of work

Our eyes see differently at night, and colors tend to take on a different look. An evening garden relies heavily on flowers that are white or light-colored and so are visible even on a moonless night.

Patriotism shouldn’t be questioned, just taught

Whether one exhibits symbols on his or her clothing, automobile or residence has absolutely nothing to do with patriotism.

Letter: Discussion must be led without anonymity to have impact

No one should be ashamed of statements made during a discussion that was for the public's benefit.

Patriotism is not seen in actions of Americans

Most people believe that practicing the rules of good citizenship is proof enough of their patriotism.

Gov. Blunt right, for once, to veto student curator vote

Why not a voting student curator? Because, it seems to me, that undercuts the broadly representational nature of the board. If the students deserve a vote, then surely the faculty does. You can probably think of other legitimate claimants.

Community discussion on the roles of the media beg certain questions

The Columbia Missourian is sponsoring “Watching the Watchdogs,” community forums meant to better understand the role that media should serve in our changing democracy. To what extent should voices in the community be required to identify themselves, and to what extent should they remain mere voices?

Musings on moving

The logistics of moving are more complicated than we admit.

U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn handgun ban restores lost rights

As a result of the court’s decision, individuals now have the right to own handguns, meaning that the good guys can protect themselves against the bad guys.

Age really doesn’t mean much nowadays

People young and old share so many of the same vulnerabilities that age is not a definitive enough way to judge anyone.

King of Beers? Only in America

While patriotic Missourians groan at the prospect of an international takover of Anheuser Busch, InBev offers a more diverse and better-tasting selection.

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