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The sad fall of the American car industry

GM was so successful in the 1950s that the company suspended its advertising and promotion efforts whenever sales volume approached 60 percent of the industry mark. But how could a company of such wealth and even popularity now go so bad and end up in Congress, hat in hand, looking for a handout? Better they should have come with a plan. Shocking they didn’t. The Congress had to tell them what to do.

Economics are not ecology

The economy is built around people and shouldn't be treated as a science.

Tell us what you think needs to change in 2009

Let's get into some specifics about change and talk about ways to improve our local, state and national communities. I hope you’ll accept this invitation to share your thoughts on change in the coming weeks. Pick the medium you’re most comfortable with and share your thoughts. Maybe it’s through a video diary or a podcast. Maybe it’s through illustration or animation. Or maybe it’s via the good ol’ written word. The important thing is to express it.

Count our blessings more than our MU budget

I joined about 20 faculty members on Nov. 21 to hear Provost Brian Foster and Budget Director Tim Rooney, who have the responsibility of drafting next year's university budget, explain some of the challenges they face. The future looks uncertain but grim. Foster, a man who measures his words, described the economy as "incredibly volatile."

Fight prevention raises more questions than answers at Hickman High

A cell phone video captured what students and graduates of Hickman High School will tell you what happens too often: a fight between two students being broken up by either a police officer or an assistant principal. In the video recorded on Oct. 15, Officer Mark Brotemarkle can be seen pulling the girls apart and throwing them to the floor, pinning one of them to the ground before handcuffing her.

What is there to be thankful for this Thanksgiving?

War, a dragging economy and life's little problems may have you thinking there is nothing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Three editorial writers argue otherwise.

Be thankful for hope, if not for the status quo

Filled with war, economic tumult and pollution, 2008 may not have much to be thankful for. But if you retreat, find your own Walden Pond and embrace the small joys in live, you might find the strength to use your single voice, with others, to make a difference.

Former Marine reflects on Corps' courage and sacrifice

During the celebration of the Marine Corps' 233rd birthday, former Marine Karl Miller recalls the tradition of the birthday celebration and reflects on the values that have come to define the Corps.

Terrariums make unique holiday gifts

Because terrariums recycle their moisture, they can go a long time without being watered. Here's how to make one.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Media shows leftist bias in coverage of e-mail controversy

Coverage of a request by three Missouri media outlets to obtain e-mails from Gov. Matt Blunt's office has been inaccurate and untruthful, the governor's chief of staff says.

Pronunciation: Be comprehensible, not pretentious

Using foreign words and accents will likely alienate those around you.

Poor public schooling creates uneducated voters

Because I am always on the side of the underdog, I have always wanted to be the kind of person who could champion public schools. Unfortunately, most of them have not met up to my expectations.

U.S. signs agreement to remove military forces

By the middle of 2009, all American troops in Iraq will be restricted from active duty unless the Iraqi government calls on their assistance. There are mixed opinions on the likely efficacy of this agreement.

A front page suitable for framing

Advertising and circulation revenues continue to decline at newspapers nationwide, and journalists shouldn't feel apologetic when public enthusiasm garners papers a little extra revenue.

Watchdogs get it right; take down Blunt administration

We journalists like to talk about our "watchdog" role. We see it as not only the fulfillment of our First Amendment responsibility but as the public service that counter-balances the sensationalism, celebrity glorification and mindless shouting that are the dark side of our freedom.

A new airline has revitalized the Columbia Regional Airport

Mesaba Airlines was chosen as the new provider for mid-Missouri, and the success of the airport is growing every month.

Young journalists can learn from Sarah Palin's mistakes

Lesson to be learned from Gov. Sarah Palin's shortcomings: Know your strengths and weaknesses and assess them as honestly as you can.

Art of lobbying isn't all negative

President-elect Obama has banned lobbyist donations, giving the profession an unwarranted, immoral connotation.

Bush, Cheney should be impeached

White House leaders can still damage the country during their final two months in office.

Men also self-conscious about magazines featuring 'ideal' women

A new study suggests that men feel more self-conscious when confronted with a gorgeous woman than a handsome gent because of men's "strict" standards of appearance.

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