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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Christmas comes early for Obama supporters

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

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.

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.

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