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Nations uncertain on how to adjust to oil prices

While American drivers take the fuel increases in stride and do little to object to record profits by petroleum companies or the inactivity of government in keeping prices down, protests have been growing around the world.

Columbia School District should use surplus to pay teachers

The school board showed two budgets to the public at its meeting Thursday. One would cause the teachers to endure a cut in salary.

Technology helps journalism evolve into engaging readers with what’s important to them

New ideas come from a conference focused on civic media and people-to-people journalism.

Rating the candidates’ public speaking skills

McCain needs to stop smiling so much and return to his impromptu speaking style. With comparisons to Kennedy, Obama’s the man to beat, but his great oratory skills don’t necessarily mean he will win.

Civilian review board no help to Police Department

By trying to fix something that wasn’t broken, the civilian review board hampers a sound police department and may slow the search for a new police chief.

Gas-price crisis calls for improved energy-use solutions

To deal with rising gas prices and a global demand for more energy, current politicians and business owners need to break from past policies and turn to new solutions.

Summer movies raise fascination in spying

Because new spy movies are playing in theaters this summer, the guests of Global Journalist talk about the fascination and future of what some call the world's second-oldest profession: spying

In contrast to England, presidential election offers distinct choices

Unlike England, the upcoming U.S. presidential election will offer distinct candidates with distinct policy positions.

Partnership between two Columbia newspapers could save money for MU

A merger with the Tribune would cut costs for the Columbia Missourian while maintaining the mission of the MU journalism school.

McClellan’s book shows an informed, warranted change of mind

The former White House press secretary’s new book casts light on the lies circulated by the Bush administration and what finally changed his mind about the president.

A defense of Memorial Day celebrations

A pamphlet published by Mid-Missouri Peaceworks denounces the celebrations as promoting militarism, and while the group has the right to speak, it’s important to support those in the military.

Gas prices create need for summer travel alternatives

A few ideas include taking more walks, spending time at the public library and hosting board-game nights.

Missouri State Senior Games bring together athletes over 50

More than 1,700 athletes will compete in more than 25 events June 19 to 22, and some winners can move on to the National Senior Games in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Issues aren't so different across the pond

We’ve been in London a couple of weeks now, and I’ve noticed some striking parallels between Britain and the colonies, including but not limited to politics. I’ll explain.

Nations are getting on board with biodiversity efforts, but more can be done

The Convention on Biological Diversity held in Bonn, Germany, and attended by more than 100 nations, aims to get the international community involved in discussions about the implications of decreasing biodiversity.

Putting wind energy into perspective

After we ran an Associated Press story that identified bird deaths as one of the downsides of wind energy, one reader pointed out that wind turbines aren’t as detrimental to birds as many people think.

Mesa Airline’s takeoff leaves mid-Missouri travelers unaffected

High gas prices should make regional air travel a viable option, but travelers in this area seem content driving rather than dealing with airline hassles.

Energy independence requires cooperation

America has the technology to let loose of our dependence on oil; now all that’s needed is the will to move forward.

Ignoring immigrants isn't helping anyone

It really does not make sense that Americans who are so concerned about foreign terrorists should be content to leave the country’s borders wide open for individuals to cross at will.

Panelists see signs of hope in Middle East

Some important and hopeful things are happening in the follow-up to President Bush’s recent visit to the Middle East.

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