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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.

Party conventions are a big yawn

From Aug. 25-28 and Sept. 1-4, find more intellectually rewarding pursuits, such as reading, napping, observing pennant races or just watching paint dry.

Master Gardeners help others learn to grow

Masters volunteer their time and talents in their communities, offering up-to-date horticulture information and gardening help. Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life through horticulture education.

Smarter choices needed for government to change

Americans need to take a look at the education system before a real change can happen.

Russia, Georgia are latest countries in a string of conflicts

New century brings more wars, big and small, and the United States is involved in many of them.

How would you feel about leaving online condolences in the life stories section?

Columnist Tom Warhover shares his thoughts on the new design of ColumbiaMissourian.com and adds suggestions.

Politicians: They lie, they lie, they lie

The FBI's claim that Bruce Ivins was behind the 2001 anthrax attacks doesn't add up.

Dress codes exist to discourage bad behavior

A grand opening in Kansas City caused controversy when organizers imposed a dress code, with some calling the dress code racist

Letter: Best to keep Columbia's trails unpaved

Extending and connecting the trails, rather than covering them in concrete, is a solid alternative to GetAbout Columbia's plan.

Cable outrage is result of society becoming more complicated and less satisfied

I don't know if the warpath against the cable loss means people are seriously addicted or they feel that things are falling apart so fast in the world around them that they look upon the boob tube as their last frontier.

Anthrax source still debated

The FBI says Bruce Ivins, an anthrax germ warfare specialist, was the man who killed five people and injured 17 others after the 9/11 attacks, but others say its case has holes.

Journalism: a discipline of verification

Anyone can blog a rumor, but a good journalist presents verified information.

Better late than never not true for Warren Funeral Chapel

The Warrens gave their time and efforts to afford everyone a proper burial or cremation. But no one was helping them when the first signs of trouble began.

Self-placed politicians on pedestals must end unwanted mudslinging

When these political characters start attacking people because of their political beliefs, their insults do not always land where they were meant.

International war crimes arguably most important since Nuremberg

Take candidates’ promises with a grain of salt

The 9th District race is shaping up to be the most interesting of Tuesday’s primary.

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