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.

American citizens should fight for their veterans

American politicians and citizens should fight for better benefits for the people who fight for their country.

Leaders must support troops with action, not just words

We must call on our legislators to provide better treatment to veterans.

Spider plant requires little maintenance

Spider plants reproduce easily and purify the air.

High oil prices are a political problem

Different nations have different responses to the rising price of oil.

Government working with biodiesel industry to make alternative fuel a reality

Readers need to know “the rest of the story” about what’s being done to ensure biofuel incentives are used for the right purposes.

Public demands more from media on presidential candidates

According to public opinion polls, the public isn’t satisfied with the limited information the media provides on the presidential hopefuls.

Community and reporter dialogue possible through newspaper’s blogs

New Missourian blog The Watchword focuses on Columbia and Boone County government news, and it is meant to foster community conversation.

New baby brings lifestyle changes

Expecting parents brush up on carpentry and accounting skills in preparation for their new family member.

Anti-militarism not the same as anti-military

J. Karl Miller’s column criticized anti-war protests at the Memorial Day Salute to Veterans Air Show. Anti-war protests are acts of good citizenship, not denigration of the military.

Tugging at Katy Bridge could put Union Pacific in troubled waters

The historic structure is a major Missouri landmark, one that will not be let go of easily.

Merrill touched lives as journalism professor

John Merrill stumbled, but he is one of the best journalism professors ever to have taught, advised and mentored students at the J-School.

School district should listen to public concerns

The Columbia Public School District should model good citizenship and find alternative ways of communication with citizens.

Carelessness is not plagiarism

After the cancellation of his Missourian column, John Merrill questions the deeper meanings of plagiarism.

Protests during Air Show are disrespectful to veterans

Although everyone has the right to free expression, a federal appeals court made the wrong decision in allowing protests during the Salute to Veterans Air Show.

Looking back on the past provides peace of mind for the future

In the chaos of war, looking back on good memories is a way to keep sanity and survive hard times.