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Opinion

U.S. torture practices need to end

The controversies over waterboarding and the torture of Abu Ghraib prisoners are indicative of a much larger culture of torture in the American CIA and military.

Billboards pollute Missouri’s natural beauty

The advertisements in the “billboard jungle” along Interstate 70 are unsightly and sometimes distasteful.

Missouri should protect its parks from smelly farms

A former director of Missouri’s Division of Tourism says large factory farms threaten tourism to the state’s parks.

Eminent domain law needs revision

Missouri requires a consitutional amendment to improve the protection of private property.

Traditions should stay traditional

Some want to change to stories and traditions surrounding America's holidays, but enough is enough.

Conference a “long shot” to lead to peace between Israel and Palestine

It’s too early to tell if the one-day peace conference will lead to more than good words.

University presidents ought to be politicians

The majority of curators has made it clear that the primary criteria for a new president is not that he be a politician, but rather that he be an outsider and that he come from the business world.

New media, familiar truth: Columbia's stories abound

Training with a microphone and video camera is a great way to learn, Tom Warhover writes. There are more ways to cover stories than ever before, and a host of stories just waiting to be told.

Officials should not dismiss recent violent crimes

With stories of violent crime seemingly everywhere, official explanations that nothing unusual is going on are less than satisfying.

An oath is not to be taken lightly

The whining, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth by State Department and Foreign Service Officers over the administration’s decision to order them to service at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is appalling.

Children need a moral education

Implementing school voucher systems to allow parents to ensure their kids are getting a good education will help solve school violence and many of the problems we see today.

Recent attacks should draw more attention to violence against women

Drawing attention to last week’s assault against grad student Kendra Yoder is a step toward preventing these crimes.

Actions of Bush, Cheney make case for impeachment

An organization of West Point graduates and a U.S. representative are collecting evidence against President Bush and Vice President Cheney in hopes of getting them impeached.

Parents must take lead in protecting children

Americans need to step up and get involved in civic projects if they want to improve the country.

Plagiarism pits integrity, compassion against each other

The John Merrill plagarism scandal holds much to discuss about attribution and responsibililty.

Missouri misses chance to save the planet

Missouri was not represented at a recent conference of Midwestern governors gathered to address global warming.

Commentary: Missouri-Kansas rivalry intense enough without invoking Civil War memories

Sports hate can be enjoyable, but old-time real hate is something best left in the past.

Don’t forget donations in your budget

Put a little aside for those charities that really need the money.

Writers Guild strike isn’t scaring anyone

This isn’t 20 years ago: If TV and screen writers continue to hold out for better wages, audiences may well shrug and move on

Relocating I-70 further north in Columbia will help traffic flow, city growth

Expanding the existing highway will not solve long term issues; Columbians should consider creating an I-70 bypass further north.

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