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Local Columnists

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.

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.

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