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Local Columnists

Individual resourcefulness will solve economic troubles

Knowing how to do things yourself comes in handy in times of economic strife.

Nonviolent elections a good sign in Iraq

Hardly any violence accompanied Iraq's elections last month.  What does this convey about the country's future?

Conversations with journalists can add depth, context to stories

A new project between KBIA and the Missourian, The Beat, allows reporters to better explain daily stories, which isn't always possible on deadline.

GUEST COLUMN: What we need in a new superintendent

The search for a public school superintendent is fraught with challenges. Ken Green, co-founder of Youth Alternative Learning Exchange, offers advice from educators and his own personal experience.

 

 

Five-day delivery by USPS might help cure procastinators

Facing economic difficulty, the United States Postal Service has proposed Congress eliminate a federal mandate for delivery six days a week. While e-mail and other advancements have diminished its role in some situations, the Postal Service has come in handy for procrastinators mailing their last-minute, Saturday material.

Know both sides, then argue abortion

An encounter with a stranger prompts a man to re-examine his views on abortion.

Limbaugh is hurting Republicans with criticism of Obama

With President Barack Obama's current popularity, Rush Limbaugh's controversial comments won't help the Republican Party's image.

GUEST COLUMN: Employee Free Choice Act would empower workers to unionize

Pending legislation would only change who gets to choose how to form a labor union. It would make that the choice of the workers instead of the choice of their boss.

Optimism is better stimulant for America

Calm minds and foresight will boost the country, not a quick-fix economic stimulus.

Hypothetical desert island continues to captivate

Being stranded on a desert island is a scenario that has fascinated for centuries. No matter how cliché it becomes, we continue to find it irresistible. What exactly is it about the idea that so easily captures our imaginations?

As Congress fails to act, America must push for a new direction

In these troubling economic times, Congress needs to focus on helping the people of the U.S., working across party lines. In the future, a new party may serve as an answer to the constant power struggle between Democrats and Republicans.

Leadership lacking in post-crisis world

As many nation's economies are in crisis, no visible leaders have stepped forward with clear solutions.

What's all this Super Bowl fuss about?

Columnist David Rosman suggests staying away from the parties and sports bars on Super Bowl Sunday. Rosman wonders why the Super Bowl receives so much hype.

Don't worry — we're keeping the comics

The newsroom has had a long week of moving furniture, and many more tough decisions will have to be made by the end of February.

History offers lessons in selecting superintendent

Columbia Public Schools have been in tough spots before. This time the district needs a superintendent who will stick around to restore the system.

Obama's plan will create jobs we need

A review of the president's stimulus proposal and that of Republicans shows Obama has the right idea for getting Americans back to work and the economy back on track.

How will Nixon pay for his grand ideas?

The governor laid out some important promises in his State of the State speech Tuesday night, including reiterating his call for no budget cuts to higher education and a pledge of balancing the budget with no new taxes.

School choice up to parents

What if public schools are eventually federally consolidated in essence, and other choices regulated awayunder the guise of "quality control" – in order to essentially protect us from ourselves?  Well, at least we'd be free from the concerns of having a local school board to complain about.

Closing Gitmo may be more complicated than it seems

A quick closure of Guantanamo is beyond the parameters of simply executing an executive order. Of the 245 or so detainees remaining there, many are far too dangerous to be released here or in their home countries.

Horrors of Gaza war seen up close and personal

An MU student arrived in Israel when rockets started to fly and riots began last month.

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