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Patriotism shouldn’t be questioned, just taught

Whether one exhibits symbols on his or her clothing, automobile or residence has absolutely nothing to do with patriotism.

Patriotism is not seen in actions of Americans

Most people believe that practicing the rules of good citizenship is proof enough of their patriotism.

Gov. Blunt right, for once, to veto student curator vote

Why not a voting student curator? Because, it seems to me, that undercuts the broadly representational nature of the board. If the students deserve a vote, then surely the faculty does. You can probably think of other legitimate claimants.

Community discussion on the roles of the media beg certain questions

The Columbia Missourian is sponsoring “Watching the Watchdogs,” community forums meant to better understand the role that media should serve in our changing democracy. To what extent should voices in the community be required to identify themselves, and to what extent should they remain mere voices?

Musings on moving

The logistics of moving are more complicated than we admit.

U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn handgun ban restores lost rights

As a result of the court’s decision, individuals now have the right to own handguns, meaning that the good guys can protect themselves against the bad guys.

Age really doesn’t mean much nowadays

People young and old share so many of the same vulnerabilities that age is not a definitive enough way to judge anyone.

King of Beers? Only in America

While patriotic Missourians groan at the prospect of an international takover of Anheuser Busch, InBev offers a more diverse and better-tasting selection.

Rewarding illegal behavior?

Red-light cameras should not be delayed any further.

Columbia writer promotes nuclear disarmament

Steven Starr, a long-time Columbia resident, has written journal articles about nuclear disarmament and spoken before the United Nations and other international groups on the topic.

All names are all-American

Names don’t make the American. They shouldn’t separate people just because sometimes they are hard to say.

Struggling economy makes apartment life seem attractive

Rising prices for gasoline and endless lists of projects have turned the idea of home ownership into a nightmare. In a sound economy, the dissatisfaction would probably never have arisen. On a bright summer day in any other year I would have been horrified if anybody had suggested apartment living to me.

 

Analyzing the Zimbabwe election

Robert Mugabe has said only God can oust him as president of Zimbabwe, and he's taken actions to keep it that way.

Columbia school system's stakeholders must be included in continuing conversation

School board members bemoan the fact that there aren't more dollars available for funding the core teacher-pupil mission, but it is not too early to begin scrutinizing budgets for the next year.

Understanding a child’s death requires naming names

Columbia Police originally refused to release the name of Cortez Johnson, the 2-year-old who was found dead this week.

Journalism will survive, no matter the medium

Mortality is the subject of discussion in the wake of recent celebrity deaths and talk of the possible demise of the Missourian’s printed edition. But the printed word will never die; it will just change its mode of delivery.

Voters be wary of presidential candidate’s pledges for change

Miller compares the evolution of Columbia to the changes promised by presidential hopefuls, illuminating the negatives to such action and possible dried-up promises that result.

Nine-to-fivers will soldier us out of economic crisis

Acknowledgement of the strengths and weaknesses of the diversity between artistic types and those that rely on hard facts and discipline will help us illuminate the traits that can lead us out of the current economic crisis.

Global Journalist: Afghan war no longer about al-Qaida but Taliban

Journalists take a look at the war in Afghanistan and discuss how it has evolved over the past several years.

British politics setting bad examples for U.S.

Americans should be wary of following Britain’s political stances and protests.

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