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Local Columnists

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.

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.

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.

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.

Media needs to be more thorough with foreign coverage

The way the media reports on international issues greatly affects the way Americans react in the polls.

Leave decision on Tasers to the pros

Despite wide-spread public outcry for their removal, Tasers provide a more appropriate solution to the problems officers face in the field.

Despite abortion stance, Obama takes Catholic vote

Catholics weighed more than just that issue in deciding their vote, and some suggest that even priests and Bishops cast their vote for the president-elect.

The greatest dog history forgot

While one dog has become a national hero, it is the story of another that deserves all the praise.

Individual interpretation of First Amendment brings problems

Abuse of freedoms are an unfortunate side effect of the First Amendment. Families must work together to combat illiteracy and survive difficult times.

Questions about Mumbai attacks unanswered

Who is responsible for the terrorist attacks that killed more than 170 people in India is unclear.

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