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Opinion

Teen driver story moves mom

A reader responds to the Missourian article, "Teens on the Road."

Blunt has achieved his goals — now can the state recover?

When Gov. Matt Blunt issued his surprising declaration of non-candidacy Tuesday, he explained his decision not to run again by saying that he has accomplished everything he set out to do as governor — and then some.

So he has. The question he leaves us with is how, and whether, Missouri can recover.

Missouri needs major health care remedy

Gov. Matt Blunt has done more harm than good to the Missouri health care system.

Pictures reflect Missouri’s natural beauty

Photos of Missouri landscapes remind Columbia resident to appreciate the state’s great outdoors

Campaigns focusing on superficial issues

Few candidates do more than promise things they cannot deliver. A record of leadership and accomplishment should be the real test for our nation’s next commander-in-chief.

Only action can bring change

Our brave troops have done their part in defending our country from outside force; now it’s our turn. We are losing our freedom from within because of lack of interest in the affairs of our government and world events.

Citizens must become more proactive

Unless people become activists and work for change, the world will remain in the shape it’s currently in.

Bush’s two-state solution in Middle East far off

The U.S. president tries to jump-start peace negotiations between the Arabs and Israelis.

Added costs of police protection is price of growth

Shifting personnel and money to cover added expenses aren’t addressing the root of the problem that Columbia faces.

Hospital policy could be reactionary or cautionary

Publishing birth announcements in the newspaper lets new parents share their excitement with the community, and it can be cause for alarm since some kidnappings have been directly linked to such publication.

Take advantage of right to vote

People who don’t vote have no right to complain.

Ferns require humid conditions

Ferns are beautiful indoor plants, but they require the right level of humidity, sunlight and food.

Change begins with younger generation

The twenty-something generation inherited a world of violence, corruption and tragedy. Change will happen by investing in the U.S. economy.

Running the UM System is big business

The selection of Gary Forsee, former Sprint Nextel CEO, marked the culmination of a search for a UM System president. While one can empathize with faculty disappointment with Forsee’s lack of advance degrees and pro-business experience as opposed to academic credentials, it remains a fact that the UM System is now big business as well as an institution of higher learning.

Uncertainty looms in Pakistan after Bhutto assassination

Foreign journalists working and covering Pakistan say the Bush administration needs to come to a better grip with what the Pakistani people think is in their interest.

Mo. legislators paying no attention to issues at hand

It appears that, when what we really need is more revenue to improve state services, both parties will be looking for ways to cut taxes, especially for veterans and senior citizens.

Coordinating development lacking in East Columbia

It is obvious in the selection of East Columbia Environmental Impact Study of major street alternatives that no consideration was given to the development of viable neighborhoods.

Efforts to save money will eliminate some regular print features

The Missourian is dealing with the double whammy of stagnant revenue and increasing cost. It’s not unique. At a conference this week in New York on improving journalism, every panel eventually turned to how the media can pay for the news they produce.

Forget impeachment, think criminal prosecution instead

The process of impeaching President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney would take too long, but criminal charges after they’ve left office aren’t out of the question.

There's no justification for U.S. government spying on citizens

The U.S. government has a long history of domestic spying carried on by several agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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