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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.

Recession vastly different from Great Depression

As it is, with winter progressing and the country sinking deeper into recession, I'm glad I have Geronimo, the cat, around to keep me focused. It's so easy to get depressed when you hear thousands are losing their jobs and their homes, everyday. And you could drive yourself crazy, realizing there is nothing you can do to stop it.

Auto sales stalling across the globe

The downturn in the American economy is having a negative effect on many of the world's biggest automakers.

I get it: Daniel-Vandiver story didn't fit moment

In making the decision about placement, several editors said they worried about “voter fatigue” – so many heavy stories in such a short span. They underestimated the continuing hunger for hard news, which frankly newspapers haven’t seen from readers for a while now.

$1 billion MU raised won't go toward assistant professors, classrooms

Donors hardly ever want to underwrite the basics. Understandably, they want their names on something new and, preferably, highly visible. The basics — from steam pipes to classrooms and what goes on in them — are supposed to be provided by the state. ... Less than half the flagship's budget now comes from the state.

County Clerk deserves praise for smooth election day

Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren is responsible for a smooth election day in Boone County.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Former YouZeum director deserved better

There are always two sides to any story and sometimes many more. I write now to show another side of what has turned out to be an unfortunate public airing of problems in a non-profit organization that has struggled for its very existence since its inception.

Spiders' bad reputation might be undeserved

Despite their reputation, spiders are more useful and less dangerous than we think.

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