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Local Columnists

It's time for everyone to move on past the racial divide in this country

It's been my experience that people who have not moved past racial divisiveness by now, may never do so, and so those of us who are willing to move on, should keep going.

Flick a switch and light up a global controversy

Journalists who specialize in climate change issues can connect the dots for citizens — if these specialists can survive the large-scale layoffs in newsrooms.

Newspapers' future rough, but survivable

Huge profit expectations and overspending have put some of the nation's largest newspapers in troubling positions.

Secular, multi-lateral government needed to solve Gaza conflict

Religious and politcal idealogies are the root of the problem.

Smoking bans should be enforced

What is the point of an indoors smoking ban if nonsmokers have to walk through a cloud of it to enter a building?

CHANGE IN '09: The changes you want to see

Missourian reporters asked folks around Columbia what changes they would like to see happen in 2009. These are their responses.

Change, whatever it may mean, is on the way

For this recent graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, the transition from college to the working world has given her a set of nine goals for 2009. First up: Get a job.

Resolved: The nation must move toward civility

The insults toward President George Bush continue until his final days. Here's to a pledge to treat the new president with more honor and integrity.

Liberal rules of linguistic etiquette

Post-colonial theorists make a great argument for why words like "Oriential" are hurtful, even if the intent is not to be.

LETTER: Make federal road dollars stretch as far as possible

MODOT should take an in-depth look into ready-to-go projects and ensure each is fiscally sound.

Resolve to help each other in 2009

Now that the economy is forcing us to review our excesses, more of us should realize the importance of sharing our good fortunes.

Smoking ban a good first step toward a healthier lifestyle

Eliminating smoking and fast food on campus would go a long way toward promoting healthier lifestyles.

Five Ideas: 2008 was a milestone year for many people

This week, we ask you to weigh in on the new year, the popularity of the "Twilight" series, why Columbia residents blog, helping families in need and granting rights and benefits to LGBT couples.

Love 'em and challenge 'em — that goes for sports fans and journalists

Some people called the MU-Northwestern game on Monday the "Journalism Bowl" because of the long-standing rivalry between the universities' journalism schools. Journalists and fans alike love to expose weaknesses and challenge authority, always asking pointed questions.

Getting the change we both deserve and demand

Changes are guaranteed both nationally and locally as we see transition in government leadership. But not all changes in 2009 are going to be positive: The economic picture continues to worsen.

Citizens should share views on change

Community members discuss what they believe needs to be improved in police regulations, snow removal policy and power supply laws.

Mid-Missouri should develop industrial friendly zones

Economic news in 2008 and rumors of the Columbia Mall closing don't bode well for 2009. But Boone County governments could resolve to cooperate and create a more industrial-friendly environment.

Four things we need to change for a better 2009

The American government's 2009 resolutions should be to limit out-of-control spending and increase accountability to the people. As citizens we should strive to get along and create a more diverse transportation community.

Social networking isn't a waste? Duh

A study published by the MacArthur Foundation concluded that social network sites like Facebook and MySpace actually don't waste kids' time. Hadn't you heard?

2008: A year of bad news for news

In 1946, almost 36 percent of Americans read a daily newspaper. Now only 18 percent read either a daily or Sunday edition.

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