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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.

The election is over, time to act like adults

Regardless of party affiliation, Obama is your next president, and we as a country need to move forward with him.

COMMENT: Faith takes a backseat to actions

When it comes to Christians and their faith, actions should be taken at face value, regardless of the validity of their beliefs.

Education is the fuel for future changes

Education has taken a back seat in our society. To move forward succesfully, we need to make it cool again. 

The world reacts to an Obama presidency

Obama has received congratulations on winning the presidential election from countries around the world. However, questions remain in Pakistan, Russia, Brazil and Colombia about how this will change those countries' relationships with the U.S.

Tuesday proved that sometimes we can

Obama's win proved that as a nation we are able to make a difference. Although some of the decisions Missourians made were contradictory, Tuesday was a good day for America.

Election Day showed the strength of Missourian staff and reporters

The Missourian staff was able to put out a complete and thorough coverage of the election thanks to perserverance. They showed that journalism is still one of the most important functions in our democracy. 

Let's move forward with race relations, regardless of party

With threats of violence surfacing from either outcome, people from both political parties hope the next president will ease racial tensions.

Obama: Nothing to fear here

It’s too early to tell what an Obama presidency will bring, but there is great news. He is not a socialist, communist or terrorist.

Christmas comes early for Obama supporters

President Bush's failed policies have brought us Barack Obama.

Not helpful to second guess police decisions

Several incidents have come into question recently regarding the actions taken by police officers, and those without all the information should not be criticizing them.

Zimbabwe's economic conditions remain unstable

Global attention and the removal of President Mugabe might save Zimbabwe from further economic collapse as the country's currency hyperinflates and the quality of living lowers.

For many, elections are a time to argue

Voting should go beyond candidate and party bashing, with more time spent on educating people on policies and civics.

Bush made the right move with North Korea

By beginning a war with North Korea, the U.S. would have continued to lose its power and make more and more enemies. With wars still being waged with Afghanistan and Iraq, can we really afford to take on another war?

Uncertainties in China's melamine milk scandal linger

China's melamine milk scandal has taken the backseat to stories about the presidential election and financial crisis, but the question of which products might be contaminated still lingers.

Negative tone of national campaign becomes local

Highly critical advertisements have become common place in state and U.S. House races this year, leaving voters counting down until election day passe

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.

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