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Local Columnists

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.

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.

GUEST COLUMN: Health Saving Accounts are not the answer

HSAs discourage preventative care and do nothing to control high prices.

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.

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