Local Columnists

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.

Looming budget struggles paint bleak future for Missouri

With University leaders being asked to envision budget cuts of up to 25 percent, no one — students, faculty, citizens, taxpayers — can dodge the impact of this recession or the state government's response to it.

Breaking down this year's headlines, Twitter-style

The important issues can be explained in 140 characters or less.

Go ahead, blame the media

It might seem like the media's trying to launch the public into panic mode, and sure, some blame's warranted. Blame the media for the stories that were missed a year ago — even three years ago. But don't blame the media for reflecting today's reality.

Parents hold the key to fixing childhood obesity

Subtle changes to diet over time will work much better than changing a child's eating habits all at once.

No thanks to Fairness Doctrine part deux

I am heartened by the demonstration of some adult leadership on both sides of the political fence, to include President-elect Barack Obama, who indicated opposition to its reinstatement as late as June 2008.

Awaiting change: Obama's chance to earn his chops

After an election season filled with promises of change, our country is anticpiating a time where stump speech proposals may become the reality of a truly changed America.

Responsibility for world problems is ours

Many people feel hurt and angry because of the economic crisis, which has also resulted in large unemployment rates. This downtown in the economy is related to decisions made earlier, during the escalation and throughout the Iraq war.

Self-discipline, creativity work together to spark new ideas for society

While advances in technology have altered the way we perceive art and information, one has to question whether we are being aided, enthralled or simply over-stimulated.

The sad fall of the American car industry

GM was so successful in the 1950s that the company suspended its advertising and promotion efforts whenever sales volume approached 60 percent of the industry mark. But how could a company of such wealth and even popularity now go so bad and end up in Congress, hat in hand, looking for a handout? Better they should have come with a plan. Shocking they didn’t. The Congress had to tell them what to do.

Economics are not ecology

The economy is built around people and shouldn't be treated as a science.

Tell us what you think needs to change in 2009

Let's get into some specifics about change and talk about ways to improve our local, state and national communities. I hope you’ll accept this invitation to share your thoughts on change in the coming weeks. Pick the medium you’re most comfortable with and share your thoughts. Maybe it’s through a video diary or a podcast. Maybe it’s through illustration or animation. Or maybe it’s via the good ol’ written word. The important thing is to express it.

Fight prevention raises more questions than answers at Hickman High

A cell phone video captured what students and graduates of Hickman High School will tell you what happens too often: a fight between two students being broken up by either a police officer or an assistant principal. In the video recorded on Oct. 15, Officer Mark Brotemarkle can be seen pulling the girls apart and throwing them to the floor, pinning one of them to the ground before handcuffing her.

Count our blessings more than our MU budget

I joined about 20 faculty members on Nov. 21 to hear Provost Brian Foster and Budget Director Tim Rooney, who have the responsibility of drafting next year's university budget, explain some of the challenges they face. The future looks uncertain but grim. Foster, a man who measures his words, described the economy as "incredibly volatile."

Be thankful for hope, if not for the status quo

Filled with war, economic tumult and pollution, 2008 may not have much to be thankful for. But if you retreat, find your own Walden Pond and embrace the small joys in live, you might find the strength to use your single voice, with others, to make a difference.

What is there to be thankful for this Thanksgiving?

War, a dragging economy and life's little problems may have you thinking there is nothing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Three editorial writers argue otherwise.