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Opinion

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.

Hidden costs of bottled water lead to discouraged consumption

Low recycling rates and millions of gallons of oil needed to produce and transport the bottles makes tap water all the more appealing.

Both Fox and Sally Field followed their codes of morality

Sally Field had a right to say what she wanted, but Fox Entertainment also had the right to censor what was broadcast.

Could airport funds create a monopoly?

Instead of running the risk of creating a monopoly by luring one airline to the area, the airport would be better served extending the runway and bringing in more traffic.

Vicious attacks on Petraeus cross the line

Missourian columnist Miller says it’s nice to get away from the world of news for a week, but coming back home leads one to find that very little has changed.

Society values wealth and conveniences more than personal relationships

As Americans, we spend more time showering our children and elderly with goods rather than investing time and caring in them.

Foreign scholars being denied entry into U.S.

The U.S. government has been denying visas to foreign scholars, often without giving them a reason why.

Part of the herd and leader of the pack

Rewarding thought processes and life experiences is important because it helps a person feel included and gives them the confidence to stand out.

Reporters' efforts help open a process that shouldn't have been closed

The Columbia School Board has learned that choosing a high school site in secret doesn’t always generate the best site and can lead to a public backlash.

Speaking with ‘one voice’ silences important discussion

Public bodies that only give the party line are dangerous to the health of meaningful talk in our town.

Columbia’s best businesses make customer service top priority

David Rosman doles out praise to local establishments that live by good hospitality.

Read in the morning? Pleasant moods, take warning

Snatching up the news is a good way to spoil a fine day.

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