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It's time to forget the 'Fifth Down Game'

It's not easy being a Buffs fan living in Tiger country.

Voice of the voters is critical on Nov. 4

Your voice means nothing if you do not state your opinion openly. Your voice will be heard if you only take a little time to act.

Obama health care plan, voters beware

The single-payer health care system under Obama's plan will abolish individual rights to quality care and kill the market incentive to innovate, while it will not improve the cost efficiency better than a free market system.

The two branches need a joint effort, not one-party leadership

Our new president will have very little immediate effect on the problems at hand, but it is important to keep our executive and legislative branches bipartisan.

Behind the myth that few Americans have passports

The most recent statistics suggest the number of Americans with passports is much higher than assumed. For the average American, traveling abroad is not nearly so feasible, economically or logically.

It's time to move on from racism

Americans haven't gotten over the civil rights era enough to vote for a black presidential candidate.

Former Finnish president wins 2008 Nobel Peace Prize

Martti Ahtisaari won for his work as an international negotiator, particularly his most recent work bringing a peace settlement between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement. Meanwhile, questions remain regarding the durability of the agreement made last week between the U.S. and North Korea.

 

In character, judgment, policy, Obama's the better choice

My guy is a deeply religious Christian with one wife, one house and one car. He has been consistent throughout his public career in his commitment to social justice and his opposition to the wrong war. His opponent is, by his own account, a reformed playboy who dumped his faithful wife for a beer heiress.

Keep presidential attacks on policy, not personal, please

Karen Tumulty wrote for Time.com that McCain volunteers were being encouraged to use negative campaign talking points: that Obama is somehow connected with Bin Laden, that Obama "won't salute the American flag" and that Obama was not born in America. These are not policy attacks, they are personal.

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.

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