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Opinion

Peace movement needs agitators to be effective

Agitators are necessary to draw the public’s attention to the cause, but all peace activists should not be lumped into this category.

With friends like Musharraf, who needs enemies?

Trouble arises when the United States abandons its moral principles to side with the lesser of two evils.

Consider options for transportation

The Missouri Department of Transportation's engineers should be considering ways to encourage other ways to get where we need to go.

Quick attack of Sen. Graham’s arrest is a political mistake

The Republican Party’s reaction to his arrest under suspicion of driving under the influence is unseemly and silly, Karl Miller says.

Transplanting trees takes some care

Fall planting is ideal for most trees and shrubs because it allows the roots to set well in the new location before spring growth begins.

Brooker Act is an unnecessary measure that stifles learning

If Rep. Cunningham’s legislation passes, it will pressure educators into representing unacademic and religion-based ideologies.

Moral issues must always be monitored

A bad habit, common to many of us, is the tendency to believe that once we have identified a problem and addressed it, we have fixed it for all time.

New department shows splintering of education

As departments and majors become more specific on college campuses, important information will be left out of the coursework.

With problems mounting, Gov. Blunt looks for support

Gov. Matt Blunt appeals to his conservative base as state struggles continue to grow.

Reporting that serves the good of the people

The Missourian’s standard, which requires detailed descriptions of criminal suspects before publication, is needed to serve the public the right way.

Understand your goals and go for them

The key to happiness is keeping your personal goals alive instead of worrying about other people’s goals for you.

Local View: War chest would be better spent at home

It doesn’t matter if we pull our troops out of Iraq this year or ten years from now. The only difference will be the number of our troops’ lives that will be lost.

Blunt’s anti-abortion task force is bad politics

Gov. Matt Blunt convened a biased task force to answer questions concerning the effects of an abortion on the physical and psychological health of a woman.

Blunt’s new task force is a travesty

The new task force is a waste of time and taxpayer money.

Americans suffer when major oil companies put taxpayer money to unintended uses

The diversion of taxpayer money to import biodiesel from South America has resulted in idle production capacity for American farms. Organized groups should take legal action against major oil companies and let them know their actions are not for the good of the country.

Personal landscapes: Yard art brings expression to a new medium

From sculptures to plastics to old farm tools, artwork has found a place in the American home garden.

MU women’s basketball team deserves fan support

The team plays well and provides great entertainment for Columbia residents.

For safer roads, reduce highway speed limit to 60 mph near city limits

When it comes to preventing highway deaths, reducing the speed limit on U.S. 63 is a better solution than building a fence.

Holidays a time for reconnecting with and helping others

In these troublesome times, the holidays are a good way to get back together and forget your worries.

Bleak budget numbers worry MU faculty

Despite budgetary decline, Provost Foster assures that “the sky is not falling.”

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