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Local Columnists

Columbia plays an integral part in the development of great journalists

This week, a number of our graduates who have become editors, won Pulitzers or daily their communities to know themselves better, will be here. You helped teach all of them. You answered their questions — and sometimes refused, which was another important lesson — you filled in missing background, and you challenged them.

Palin may be most experienced candidate

Despite the huge emphasis put on lack of experience in the upcoming election, Sarah Palin may be the candidate with the most.

National political problems are rooted in personal hypocrisy

This business of allowing paid public servants to do whatever they please ... is so out of control that only the most irresponsible would insist that it continue.

Visioning Showcase lacked visionaries

The visioning process started well two years ago, but if Thursday's attendance is an indication, the process is losing steam.

Need balance and RNC blogger on short notice? Go to Google

When the Missourian suddenly didn't have bloggers from the RNC, editor Jake Sherlock scrambled to keep the opinion page balanced.

 

 

Wrong Palin, wrong selection

In fact, with all of the Republican and conservative criticism of Sen. Obama’s lack of knowledge and experience, the choice of Gov. Palin is confusing.

Letter: Enhancing Obama’s strategy

Obama campaign strategists need to beef up a marketable platform with substantive detailed policies, and let Obama focus on message.

Coalition for Life event a success despite Palin's absence

The Republican National Coalition for Life event, held during the Republican National Convention, went off smoothly despite vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's absence.

MU unfairly values corporate model over academics

President of the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors wants more competitive salaries for MU professors in order to retain its top professors.

Letter: Residents honor one of its fallen soldiers

A resident pays tribute to Spc. Steven Fitzmorris, who was killed in service to his country.

Solving the energy crisis needs to go beyond conservation

Opportunities abound for alternative energy in America. It will only take a little hard work and consensus.

America needs to pay more attention to education, now

With high school drop-out rates on the rise, education is taking a backseat in politics this election.

Missourian is changing, not dying

As rumors swirl of its demise, the record needs to be set straight on just what is going on with the Columbia Missourian.

It's time for real leaders again to excite the nation

 As attention turns from the Olympic Games to political party convention coverage, America looks for its new leader.

Obama's and Biden's ‘Senate-ness' could prove to be a disadvantage

By choosing a sitting senator for his running mate, Barack Obama has elected to try something that's only been done once in the last 108 years.

Sports metaphors abound in the political world, too

In preparation for the Democratic National Convention, we heard from a variety of speakers, many of whom employed sports factoids and comparisons in their remarks.

The 2008 Olympics reminds us of the good old days

Forget the politics and the chest-thumping antics of individual athletes and look at the amazing performances by some of the world's finest athletes.

New trends leading to conformity, changing view of “fun”

A lack of diversity is closing the minds of society.

Pakistan still faces instability

The future of Pakistan's government is unclear after the resignation of Pervez Musharraf.

American press must seek more facts about Georgia-Russia conflict

The press seems to be speculating about what's happening instead of seeking useful information.

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