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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.

Former Finnish president wins 2008 Nobel Peace Prize

Martti Ahtisaari won for his work as an international negotiator, particularly his most recent work bringing a peace settlement between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement. Meanwhile, questions remain regarding the durability of the agreement made last week between the U.S. and North Korea.

 

In character, judgment, policy, Obama's the better choice

My guy is a deeply religious Christian with one wife, one house and one car. He has been consistent throughout his public career in his commitment to social justice and his opposition to the wrong war. His opponent is, by his own account, a reformed playboy who dumped his faithful wife for a beer heiress.

Keep presidential attacks on policy, not personal, please

Karen Tumulty wrote for Time.com that McCain volunteers were being encouraged to use negative campaign talking points: that Obama is somehow connected with Bin Laden, that Obama "won't salute the American flag" and that Obama was not born in America. These are not policy attacks, they are personal.

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