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Election polls expose some Americans' racism to the world

An Associated Press-Yahoo poll showed that many white Americans would not vote for a candidate because of the color of his skin. It's time for America to move on and get over themselves.

 

Community Conversation: Let's talk about the next president and our town

I have no doubt that Columbia will be a different place four years after the election. Which candidate is promoting the policies that will leave mid-Missouri residents better off four years from now? 

Urban pioneers transform mule barn into innovative space

Neither steers nor butchers would feel at home. What you see is a beautifully stripped down and cleaned up 18,000 square feet of what Brian and Joy Pape are calling, and hoping will become, "upscale commercial space."

$700 billion equals what?

All the populace knows is that somewhere there is $700 billion that will be used to fix another fine financial mess we have gotten ourselves in.

Print ads can't keep up with the morning train — or school bus

As audiences continue to splinter across the explosion of Web pages, they mostly commute on the same trains, walk the same blocks and drive the same roads as before the Internet. The train advertisement is spectacularly, and eerily, effective.

Providing the check on open-source journalism

As the Internet provides a larger forum for citizen journalists, the need for control of accuracy and fraud is becoming more apparent.

Palin breaks glass-ceiling, much to dismay of media, feminists

Most of you remember Dinah Washington's "What a Difference a Day Makes."  If one transposes that thought to "What a Difference a Political Ideology Makes," there is an excellent analogy of the mainstream media's and of the syndicated editorial columnists' reaction to Sen. McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate. Like the "Energizer Bunny," it just keeps on going.

Economic downturn no surprise to average Americans

Years of deregulation of corporations and borrowing from other countries has set the U.S. on a dangerous trajectory. Meanwhile, many Americans are focused on putting food on the table and keeping a roof over their families' heads and remain unaffected by Wall Street's fluctuations.

Top financial correspondents weigh the world-wide economies

Correspondents delve into the housing market, AIG, government intervention and skiddish investors as a sign of the times in a sagging economy and what the future holds.

Fact-checking Web sites are good news in a muddy presidential race

These Web sites are actually focusing on the candidates’ positions, something the press should be doing.

Floods, fights constitute strange week in Columbia

In a week filled with Ike floodwaters, a drowning death an a fight that spread across a large swath of downtown, the Missourian helped citizens separate rumor from fact and put events in context.

MSNBC makes right call by taking Matthews, Olbermann off anchor desk

MSNBC's decision last week to replace the team of Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann as anchors of its live political coverage for the rest of the presidential campaign season cheered conservativesand angered liberals.

Palin sounds unsolid on questions of national security

Sarah Palin should have known better about the “Bush Doctrine” in her interview with Charlie Gibson. This candidate for vice president scares me.

Obama’s tax plans need second look

The tax policy bogeyman deployed largely to excite class envy needs badly an exposure to sunlight.

Obama needs more than change and Bill to win

Obama has not done enough to bring the Democratic party together to have a succesful campaign. Obama is going to have to do more than just comparing McCain to Bush; he has to actively bring people together and campaign on his own policies.

Billboards inspire young Missouri voters to cruise to the polls

Organizers of Art the Vote hope the billboards, which feature work by four Missouri artists, will empower voters ages 18 to 24, who register and vote less often than their older counterparts.

An election driven by hatred

With one of this country's most controversial elections upon us, many old prejudices have re-emerged.

Israeli Kadima Party: the beginning of the end?

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been accused of bribery and says he will resign if criminally indicted. Olmert is the leader of the Kadima Party, a party riding on the memory of Ariel Sharon and from which a new prime minister will be elected on Sept. 17.

Journalists are biased, and for the good of society

Conservatives often critize journalists saying that they are biased. When reading a journalist’s job description it does show they are biased, but that doesn’t mean they lean towards a particular political party.

Fact-checking Web sites are good news in a muddy presidential race

That’s just politics, you say? Sadly, you may be right. But we were promised something different and better in what just may be the most consequential contest of our time.

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