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Opinion

War spreads war

In his recent opinion piece, “National Defense Deters War”, Col. J. Karl Miller quotes George Washington as saying: “There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.” In other words, war preparation deters war. The basic question regarding that assumption is: “How’s that working for us?”

Fall isn’t necessarily end of planting season

Many plants flourish in containers in cooler weather.

Military impersonators get no respect in today's society

Individuals who falsify rank and wear medals without authorization are being called out and prosecuted for their subterfuge, while true defenders are celebrated for their actions.

Flawed system leaves good days behind

With a surge in national debt and health care costs, the economy may never be the same unless a change is made in the system.

Poor Missourians need safety net

With all the medical expenses not covered by Medicaid, people do not have enough money to live on.

Blunt’s curators working against UM’s best interest

A political divide is growing in the UM Board of Curators, and it may negatively affect other aspects of the university.

Che’s doctrines outdated, but idea of reforming government is not

For years, we’ve seen Che Guevara’s likeness printed on T-shirts, wall posters and any kind of souvenir around the world.

Sense of optimism surrounds news industry’s latest innovations

This year’s Associated Press Managing Editors conference was full of stories of newspapers reinventing themselves and embracing technology to deliver news in new ways.

Over time, our values may change

We should be careful of our strong reactions, because the things we find important may be different in the future.

MU Muslim Student Organization spokesman retracts statement about Ramadan

Allison Ross wrote a great cover piece on Quran recitation during the month of Ramadan. It was insightful, and for once, Muslims looked like quite amiable people in the news. Until I had to open my big mouth.

New constitutional amendment needed to fix presidential campaigns

With hard work, great organization and lots of money, a Campaign Reform Amendment can become a reality.

Candidates lack leadership in presidential election

The democratic candidates are not showing enough leadership to be successful future presidents.

Outer space: the new battleground

The United States’ move from defensive applications in space to offensive weapons, including particle beams, lasers and rocket and missile launchers is a dangerous gambit.

Fall season gives gardeners time to prepare for spring

Fall is the perfect time to get ahead on your gardening by pruning shrubs and trees and clearing leaves from the beds.

Selling park land for new high school is a win-win situation

The City Council and Columbia Public School District would benefit from using Cosmo Park land for the school.

A strong national defense is best deterrent to war

While striving for peace should be lauded, the nation must remain prepared for war.

Rep. Ed Robb should rethink importance of several state universities

At a recent luncheon, Robb characterized several state universities such as Harris-Stowe State University as unnecessary and a waste of state funds.

Health insurance program produces healthy children

The expansion of the program was vetoed by President Bush despite a bipartisan compromise by both of Missouri’s U.S. senators.

‘Support our troops’ meaningless without support for veterans

Those who have served this country deserve the same support and care as those who are serving now.

Space remains a new frontier

Fifty years after Russia launched Sputnik, nations are still figuring out the importance of space exploration.

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