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Opinion

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.

UM research suppressed by lawmakers

A reader says state lawmakers who are interested only in toeing the party line are hindering legitimate academic inquiry and scientific research at the university.

Nothing stems from blocked research

A reader living with paralysis worries that attacks on stem cell research infringe on patients’ rights.

Remote location for new high school could drain tax dollars

Money needed for infrastructure and busing costs would be better spent on education.

Walking for pleasure, errands and socialization may be a lost art

Rose Nolen recalls her days of living in a small town and tells why she loves walking.

New high school should be located in north Columbia

A good location for the new high school is Smiley Lane and Missouri 763.

Public deserves to be involved in final high school site decision

The Missourian has made coverage of Columbia's new high school site a priority.

Get to know thy neighbor

Rosman says in order to be truly holy, you need to accept the holy beliefs of others.

New high school should be pedestrian-friendly

Rising childhood obesity and increased fuel costs, among other factors, are reasons why Columbia should locate its new high school close enough that students can commute using nonmotorized modes.

Consider Cosmo Park as the site for the new high school

Cosmopolitan Park offers a number of reasons to be considered as the site for the city’s new high school.

Funding priorities should shift to infrastructure

State and federal politicians should spend tax dollars more wisely by pulling out of Iraq and re-investing in infrastructure.

Contact the newsroom

This provides an e-mail link to the Missourian newsroom.

Few living the American dream

Low wages, a lack of health benefits and the ever-increasing rate of bankruptcies and foreclosures has pushed the once-middle class into the ranks of the working poor.

Environment, trade focus of APEC

The leaders of 21 nations of the Asian-Pacific region gathered to meet in Sydney, Australia, this past weekend. President Bush held one-on-one meetings with all of these leaders in appreciation of how important their countries have become to the U.S.

Five Ideas

In this section, we present a few of the major issues that have come up in the public discourse in the past week. We end each subject with a quesion to encourage you to consider your own opinions about these issues and how they affect our community. Please take a moment and contribute to the dialogue.

Cities must take lead in immigration issues

Level-headed community leaders are needed to address the difficulties that immigration has brought.

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