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Keeping the candidates — and the Missourian — accurate

Although the Missourian Watchword live debate blog was clunky to use, it provided readers with real-time fact checks, comparing candidates' words with the truth. Now that we've held candidates accountable for the truth, we're launching a "stand-down for accuracy" to keep the Missourian accountable too.

Economic crisis is good news for renters

Increasing forclosures and falling rent prices offer a silver lining for buyers in the midst of our economic crisis.

Russian, Venezuelan leaders distract people from real issues

Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin each face slipping economies and waning support,  and rely on nationalism as a distraction.

Lead up to economic crisis should have raised red flags

The catalyst for the economic crisis, the housing market crash, should have been easy to forecast.

Political warfare useless amid financial crisis, real-life problems

Under the circumstances, I really don't care to hear any more debates. According to the financial experts, no one knows how long this crisis will last, so there are no answers to the important questions being asked. So, we will all just have to tough it out as best we can.

U.S. presidential election followed closely around the world

The U.S. economic crisis has brought even more attention to the presidential election.

Columbia doesn't need to park another garage downtown

Our automotive schizophrenia has been even more evident than usual the past couple of weeks.

Radio Adelante reaches out to Latino community

After speaking with many people in the Spanish-speaking community, I have learned Radio Adelante is filling a gap by providing news from the perspective of the Latino community, as opposed to that of an outsider looking in. As far as we know, Radio Adelante is the only student-run Spanish-language radio news show in the Midwest.

Responsible citizenship means voting

Will voters recognize the difference between candidates being "politically correct" out of respect for the audience versus those who use "political correctness" to exaggerate or pander, leaving the voter wondering what the candidate's real stand is on an issue?

No 'normal' setting exists in today's economy

Understanding that "normal" does not exist, and never really existed in the first place, is very important to the caretakers of our future.

Save money by shopping smart

The government got us jump-started by dropping a trillion dollars to absorb free radicals from our financial system. It’s probably time for us to bypass the pomegranate juice. $4 for a vial of POM isn’t the most thrifty way to eliminate antioxidants. There are ways to save money by spending some, though.

Debates do little more than entertaining

I have never been favorably impressed with the content or the conduct of presidential debates, but I have watched some of every debate since the Nixon/Kennedy face-off in 1960. My indifference stems from several factors — artificial questions, lack of moderator control, dependence on soundbites and cliches as opposed to actual debate, but, most of all, because of their limited effect on the election's outcome.

Solutions to financial problems up to individuals

People should not rely on or wait for the government to solve economic problems but should figure out ways to cope on their own. Politicians should stop blaming each other, and those who allowed deregulation should be replaced.

Experts weigh in on the global effects America's economy

Countries across the world are reacting differently to the economic slowdown that has the US reeling.

Public suffers when Congress, Wall Street aren't transparent

With the current economic troubles, a lack of transparency is a major problem in the government and on Wall Street right now.

Police should offer more information on their use of Tasers

An environment of openness and transparency should replace the current landscape surrounding the use of Tasers by the Columbia Police Department.

Purple is this season's red or blue state

There is one place for reds and blues. All 11 of Missouri's electoral votes in 2004 went to Bush. In the Electoral College, to the victor goes the color.

Rod Gelatt gave radio conversations life

You learn soon that he (Gelatt) is a giant in the world of journalism. In the top floor studio of Jesse Hall, he brought light to the "cave."

The Primes: Finally, a reasonable name for the decade

Without a name, it is difficult to give weight to concepts and ideas. There's no entry point. And, measuring time in sets of 10 years is a fairly new, American idea.

Characteristics and requirements for a president

One of the early political lessons I learned from my dad was this evaluation of presidents: "Franklin Roosevelt showed us that an individual could be president for life; Harry Truman that anyone could be president; Dwight Eisenhower that we may not really need one; and several others that we might be better off without one."

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