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Opinion

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.

Developers’ free lunch will get smaller

Even with a bump in city fees for new houses, Columbia falls well below the rest of the country.

Search malfunctions frustrate Missourian editor

Missourian editor provides helpful links that direct the public to stories of interest.

Doctor’s news leaves to-be parents jarred

An expecting father recalls what he felt when a doctor told his wife that their baby won’t have a full uterus in which to grow.

In their own words: Into the wild with Jack Schultz

A researcher and administrator by day, Schultz is also a music enthusiast who has been known to carry a guitar into the wild.

Local government must actively respond to economic problems

Layoffs at 3M and 172 home foreclosures should have our elected officials worried about the local economy.

Delicious meals can be made with the finest local ingredients

Dennis Sentilles tells how meals can use local ingredients and produce a taste some say is “to die for.”

Ahmadinejad visit illustrates colleges’ balance between free speech and irresponsibility

Academic freedom is all well and good but it shouldn’t promote obscenity.

‘Troublemakers’ taking troubles out of the world

People who are labeled as ‘troublemakers’ advocate for better changes and find remedies for tough dilemmas.

Russia, France reassert themselves

Russia and France are taking steps to show they are world powers.

Heartland Global Action to Prevent War takes positive steps for peace

The Columbia organization is one in a coalition of 21 around the world that advocates a three-step plan toward peace.

Decision to hold back names not taken lightly

The Missourian is in the business of revealing, not concealing. So you deserve to know more about our rationale for withholding names twice in the last two weeks.

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