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Local Columnists

Childhood memories keep Christmas alive

What has become a consumer holiday still ripe with the spirit that makes Christmas one of the most memorable and enjoyable holidays of the year.

On the front step or online, there's no place like home for newspapers

The Missourian will drop two days a week from its print edition to cut costs. Look around and you'll see newspapers around the country looking for answers as recession and digital formats force bottom lines to dwindle. 

Parents, teens at online loggerheads

Parents and teens don't see eye-to-eye when it comes to social networking sites such as Facebook because both have had very different experiences with the Internet.

Memories and legacies quietly shape our lives

There's something deliciously satisfying in thinking back through the years and remembering how things came to be the way they are.

Anarchists lead violent protests in Greece

Student riots in Greece are fueled by unrest concerning the economic situation, not merely the killing of a 15-year-old boy by a policeman.

Five Ideas: City taps brakes on red-light cameras

This week, we ask you to weigh in on the slow negotiations concerning red-light cameras, a Taser settlement offer given to the city, academic and athletic funding at MU, funding problems at the Humane Society and the cost-effectiveness of going green.

Talented journalists provide occasion to cheer

Three young journalists have transformed Adelante into a radio program, and one of them even got the radio program running as a podcast in iTunes. Also, Vox Magazine's Thursday edition on doctors in Columbia created another opportunity to marvel at young journalists.

GEORGE KENNEDY: 'Emaciated' MU can't take any more cuts

What to do instead, you ask? The only other choice is to raise revenue. That means raising tuition. The math is simple enough for even a journalist to attempt.

 

New presidency brings hope in bad economic times

Nationally and locally, economic and political news has been bleak, but there are signs that fortunes will change. The election of Barack Obama and signs that troops could be out of Iraq in the next two years are evidence that changes could happen in the near future.

GUEST COLUMN: Columbia faces animal care crisis

The Central Missouri Humane Society has taken in too many homeless pets and animals from the city and surrounding areas, and now faces limited resources to care for them. However, all is not lost.

Corrupt governments would prey on financially weak press

As its legion of critics cheer lustily, the newsgathering business continues to implode, with no end in sight. The Tribune Company, the newspaper and television chain that publishes the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, filed for bankruptcy protection on the very day that the news agenda convulsed with news of the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Unrealistic 'green' expectations must be lessened from autos

The fragile auto industry needs a bailout that will get to the source of the problems without destroying the qualities that Americans value in their cars.

For gardeners, seasonal plants offer holiday joy

Winter weather may keep outdoor gardens dormant for a few months, but the holiday season brings with it a variety of plants for decoration and gift-giving.

Sex health programs need realistic goals

Sexual awareness programs have good intentions, but initiatives such as free condoms in residence halls are much more realistic programs.

Difficult times make season for giving all the more important

People are experiencing more hardships than usual this holiday season. That should be a reason to put petty differences aside and focus on the things that really matter.

This year's hajj to Mecca went off without incident

Despite recent violence and political controversy regarding the hajj, this Muslim traditional emphasizes peaceful coexistence.

Anyone with $62 million out there?

With the prospect of a 25 percent reduction in state revenue to the UM System staring us down, it's likely that many Columbia residents — even those not directly affiliated with the university — will feel the impact.

Just because Columbia is able to build doesn't mean it should

Columbia residents need to rethink their vision for the future of their community.

Holiday meaning overshadowed by retail frenzy

With the holiday season in full swing, the shopping culture of Americans remains as popular as ever. Recent events at a Walmart in New York have called attention to the problems this culture may have created.

Columbia needs to pitch in, save the Humane Society

As the economy continues to falter and the number of animals the Humane Society is taking in each day goes up, Columbia must do their part to help raise enough money for a new budget.

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