Unrealistic 'green' expectations must be lessened from autos

The fragile auto industry needs a bailout that will get to the source of the problems without destroying the qualities that Americans value in their cars.

LETTER: Colorado right to ban soda in public schools

Soda is an addictive, damaging product that should not be readily available to children in school or at home.

For gardeners, seasonal plants offer holiday joy

Winter weather may keep outdoor gardens dormant for a few months, but the holiday season brings with it a variety of plants for decoration and gift-giving.

Sex health programs need realistic goals

Sexual awareness programs have good intentions, but initiatives such as free condoms in residence halls are much more realistic programs.

Difficult times make season for giving all the more important

People are experiencing more hardships than usual this holiday season. That should be a reason to put petty differences aside and focus on the things that really matter.

LETTER: Steinmetz column inaccurate in depiction of obesity programs

Child obesity in Columbia, as well as national, is a real problem, and the PedNet Coalition is creating many beneficial programs to promote healthy lifestyles for our youth.

This year's hajj to Mecca went off without incident

Despite recent violence and political controversy regarding the hajj, this Muslim traditional emphasizes peaceful coexistence.

Anyone with $62 million out there?

With the prospect of a 25 percent reduction in state revenue to the UM System staring us down, it's likely that many Columbia residents — even those not directly affiliated with the university — will feel the impact.

Holiday meaning overshadowed by retail frenzy

With the holiday season in full swing, the shopping culture of Americans remains as popular as ever. Recent events at a Walmart in New York have called attention to the problems this culture may have created.

Just because Columbia is able to build doesn't mean it should

Columbia residents need to rethink their vision for the future of their community.

Columbia needs to pitch in, save the Humane Society

As the economy continues to falter and the number of animals the Humane Society is taking in each day goes up, Columbia must do their part to help raise enough money for a new budget.

Media needs to be more thorough with foreign coverage

The way the media reports on international issues greatly affects the way Americans react in the polls.

Leave decision on Tasers to the pros

Despite wide-spread public outcry for their removal, Tasers provide a more appropriate solution to the problems officers face in the field.

Despite abortion stance, Obama takes Catholic vote

Catholics weighed more than just that issue in deciding their vote, and some suggest that even priests and Bishops cast their vote for the president-elect.

LETTER: Thanksgiving recipe was scrumptious, much appreciated

The turkey recipe published in the Columbia Missourian provided a delicious, unforgettable recipe that will continue to be used.

The greatest dog history forgot

While one dog has become a national hero, it is the story of another that deserves all the praise.

Abortions contribute to violent culture

President-elect Obama's abortion policies are lending to our culture of death, and it is important that Congress oppose the Freedom of Choice Act.

Individual interpretation of First Amendment brings problems

Abuse of freedoms are an unfortunate side effect of the First Amendment. Families must work together to combat illiteracy and survive difficult times.

Questions about Mumbai attacks unanswered

Who is responsible for the terrorist attacks that killed more than 170 people in India is unclear.

Looming budget struggles paint bleak future for Missouri

With University leaders being asked to envision budget cuts of up to 25 percent, no one — students, faculty, citizens, taxpayers — can dodge the impact of this recession or the state government's response to it.