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Opinion

NFL decides not to be sporting about journalists at pro events

The big leaguers in the newspaper industry — associations with acronyms and memberships of top editors — have been sending letters of protest to the NFL this summer. The fuss: new rules.

Professor surely wasn’t serious ... or was he?

I just finished reading the article “MU’s budget plan draws faculty criticism” in the July 24th Columbia Missourian, and I think there may have been an error in the article.

If it’s mostly ads, is it a newspaper?

I remember the days when newspapers had news. Now they have advertising. If they can’t get it all in the basic paper, they add whole sections which they insert. Advertising spilling out everywhere. Oh, I know about the financial foundation supplied to the “news”-papers by advertising.

Council should value people over property

Ed’s and Sunset Mobile Home Park residents organized and expressed their concerns during the July 2 Columbia City Council meeting that addressed the proposed annexation and rezoning of their mobile home parks.

City needs to give more support to Columbia public TV

Cable providers Mediacom and Charter Communications recently ended their funding of the Columbia Access Television Channel. This has left the channel in a terrible financial situation. CAT3 has less than $7,000 left to fund the channel, which is grossly inadequate.

Thanks for free concerts; please support the band

Thank you officers of Shelter Insurance for again sponsoring a wonderful summer concert series in the Garden. We Columbians are so fortunate to have a local company that gifts us not only with a free concert series every summer but with a beautiful garden year round.

Follow these tips and your tomatoes will thank you (and so will your tastebuds)

Since my own tomato plants are getting tall, flowering and beginning to develop fruit, this might be a good time to write about how to care for tomato plants.

Libby case a theatrical witch hunt

I am continually amazed at the torrent of political misinformation fed to us, much of which is by syndicated columnists secure in their knowledge that their loyal and gullible readership won’t bother to look for evidence to the contrary, regardless of its ready availability.

Changes in law needed to avoid planning errors

It is truly amazing what one savvy land owner can do to change the face of development in Boone County. All he had to do was donate a portion of land to the school board and — voilà — we have a new infrastructure problem.

Gunfire signals it’s time for attention to neighborhood decline

They are not gentle people,” my neighbor, who is Indian, observed over chai one night. We were talking about some of the people in our neighborhood, which has gone downhill over the past year.

25 years of change: U.S. values shrinking

As I celebrate my 25th year as a columnist I look back over my shoulder and think of the way my world has changed over the years and how my attitude toward life has changed because of it.

Private profits not council’s business

The recent Missourian article, “Stamper: Focus on Economy,” reinforces a common myth that a primary function of government is to promote economic development.

U.S. needs energy policy change

There’s a bill floating around that would let our government sue members of the OPEC for driving up the price of oil.

Bush’s Iraq strategies

I once belonged to the Book of the Month Club, as well as the Beer of the Month Club — but, I tell you, one thing I can’t subscribe to is George W.’s Iraq Strategy of the Month Club.

New route strengthens affection for Columbia

Hey, big shots, it’s time to care for vets

To President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and members of the House and Senate:

You’ve all been shocked — shocked to discover the care some of our wounded soldiers received was substandard. But what did you expect?

Looking for ways to help Columbia envision the future

On Wednesday, according to my newspaper, 13 citizen topic groups hit their deadline for turning in their ideas for what needs to happen to improve our town. I’m betting there will be interesting results.

No need for fairness doctrine

As the proverbial bad penny, there are fundamentally terrible ideas which continue to resurface from time to time. The latest in this parade, reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine came about largely as a result of yet another “foot-in-mouth” reaction by Trent Lott, the well-meaning but often judgmentally challenged Senate Minority Whip.

Vertical gardening offers a way to grow around limited space

Do you think you don’t have enough space to grow a lot of plants? If not, you could always try “growing up.” Vertical gardening, as the technique is called, is a great option for those who have limited space.

Level 3 labs need closer examination

Thank you for putting the MU level 3 biocontainment lab on the front page of the Missourian on Wednesday. In my experience, very few people in Columbia have known anything about it.

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