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Opinion writing teaches students to write real persuasive commentary

OK.  I admit it.  My journalism students are biased, outspoken and openly opinionated. They'd better be. Mine is the one class in the Missouri School of Journalism where that will earn you an "A".  And for the next few weeks, thousands of people across Missouri get to tally up my grade book.

 

GUEST COLUMN: Obama offers new direction for health care

Barack Obama says he will reduce health care costs by up to $2,500 per family and that people with pre-existing conditions will still be able to receive coverage.

GUEST COLUMN: Health Saving Accounts are not the answer

HSAs discourage preventative care and do nothing to control high prices.

Political commentary is ignoring serious issues, problems

The reaction to a recent assassination plot of Barack Obama sheds light on how we are handling our political discourse.

The FCC is disconnected from reality

The Federal Communications Commission thinks we need a "relief package" for the nation's largest telecommunications providers. It is just days away from voting on a proposed order that could end up costing millions of consumers millions of dollars on their monthly phone bills. We need to stop this vote.

Most people vote on informed decisions not on self-interest

Those who vote Republican tend to be conservatives who opt for lower taxes and free markets. Democrats lean more liberal and populist and look to taxation to level the playing field for the disadvantaged and those who don't wish to provide for themselves.

Health care is our responsibility, not our right

The Health Savings Account is a viable option for helping our country escape this crisis.

McCain health plan funds universal coverage and lowers cost

 The changes under McCaincare will include increased choices of health care plans and a different tax treatment.

Missouri ballot is loaded with important amendments, propositions

This election will signal the beginning of a new chapter in American history. How we progress is pretty much up to us.

LETTER: Questions still loom around Hickman incident

Members of the community should be asking many pertinent questions in order to protect  the school environment in the future.

Renewable energy on the ballot in Missouri

In November, Missourians will have the opportunity to become the 27th state to adopt renewable energy, and possibly become a national leader in the field.

From Hickman High School to YouTube

The scene of a fight at Hickman High School was reported on ColumbiaMissourian.com Friday morning, along with a link to the video. When YouTube removed it, the Missourian and other news organizations in town put the video back up on local news sites. A bunch of questions were asked and answered along the way.

When it comes to women in high-level politics, the U.S. lags behind

The intense focus on Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton during this year's presidential campaign highlights the underrepresentation of women in the U.S. political arena. However, in countries including Argentina, Chile and India, women enjoy a lot of political power.

Tiger fans should relish ranking

Considering the program's history of futility, fans should be pleased with where the team is at despite its recent failures.

It's time to forget the 'Fifth Down Game'

It's not easy being a Buffs fan living in Tiger country.

Voice of the voters is critical on Nov. 4

Your voice means nothing if you do not state your opinion openly. Your voice will be heard if you only take a little time to act.

Obama health care plan, voters beware

The single-payer health care system under Obama's plan will abolish individual rights to quality care and kill the market incentive to innovate, while it will not improve the cost efficiency better than a free market system.

The two branches need a joint effort, not one-party leadership

Our new president will have very little immediate effect on the problems at hand, but it is important to keep our executive and legislative branches bipartisan.

Behind the myth that few Americans have passports

The most recent statistics suggest the number of Americans with passports is much higher than assumed. For the average American, traveling abroad is not nearly so feasible, economically or logically.

It's time to move on from racism

Americans haven't gotten over the civil rights era enough to vote for a black presidential candidate.

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