Diversity is a code word for social excellence and progress these days. The aim of the U.S.: Have as diverse a population as possible. The aim of the professions: Get great diversity. And of television programming: Diversify. And of race relations: Get diversity. And religion: Diversity is better. Of schools: We need more diversity. On and on we could go with this objective of diversity.
A proposal to change Missouri’s judicial nominee process has parties arguing over issues of partisanship and undue political influence.
Mark Musso, president and CEO of Special Olympics Missouri, thanks everyone who contributed to the success of the 2007 State Outdoor Sports Classic and encourages involvement in other Central Area activities.
The city's plan to use Worley and Ash streets to diffuse congestion creates heavier traffic and safety issues in central Columbia neighborhoods.
Children today have too much freedom and too many choices. Educators looking to improve the school system should place more emphasis on tried-and-true methods.
We’re going to try to make some sense out of the so-called credit crunch or drop in stock markets around the world.
It looks like President George W. Bush is going to leave the Iraq mess for our next president. He has opened up Pandora’s box in the Middle East and doesn’t know how to close it. His only answer is to stay the course.
At Warner Bros. 65 years ago this month, the cast and crew finished shooting what they thought was just another movie.
When it comes to gardening, I wish I could just sleep through August. By August my garden is a bit unruly. Some areas are downright neglected, and noxious weeds and insects seem to be taking over the world.
Simplicity, brevity and short words, we are told, are the ingredients of good conversation. No doubt about it. I’m trying to learn from the teenagers the essence of this bit of wisdom. They’ve got it down pat.
On August 1, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP). I would like to applaud the members of the House who voted in favor of the bill. Unfortunately, Rep. Kenny Hulshof was not one of them.
From the multitudinous government bureaucracies to the minions of private (nonprofit?) agencies to the likes of talk show host Bill “I am looking out for you” O’Reilly, we are privileged to enjoy a freedom from any responsibility of making our own decisions and provided an escape clause from the consequences of our actions.
Although most of my family lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and at least a couple of them, including my son, used the ill-fated, collapsed bridge across the Mississippi River on a daily basis, none of them were involved in the tragic incident.
Our discussion today is about a crisis that some experts say began 20 years ago this month with a speech in the Field of Blackbirds, where in 1389 a Serbian army lost to an Ottoman army but where 20 years ago a man named Slobodan Milosevic declared the unity, the independence and the pride of Yugoslavia.
Teacher reviews in the various states seems to be a big issue these days. Here in Missouri teachers must spend a five-year probationary period before they get job security. In Nebraska it’s only one year. Why such a discrepancy? And why the need for teacher reviews at all?
The big political question is whether affluent America is under full sail out of the Republican harbor or just drifting due to displeasure with the Bush administration.
Corporate bottlers are overseen by the Food and Drug Administration, which requires them to test their water sources only once a week — and the results are kept secret by the corporations.
On Tuesday, your Missourian published a story about the refusal by leaders of Columbia Public Schools to provide a list of property owners they contacted during the search for a site for a high school. The article appeared on the front page, below the fold, but with a headline large enough to grab your attention.
Was this news? It’s a valid question. Let’s face it.
Taxes. We hate them. Unfortunately, society cannot survive without them. We hate paying property taxes and the 7.55 percent Columbia sales tax tagged on to most purchases. Yet the services we receive in return, including trash removal, snow removal, filling potholes and police and fire protection, are usually worth every penny.