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Local Columnists

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.

Get mad, then get active in public life

There’s a lot to be mad about regarding our government. Past political greats and business leaders were also angry — for good reason.

The government should not regulate our food behavior

Obesity may be an issue in society but government organizations go too far in regulation.

 

 

Stay-at-home and working moms must draw the line between overbearing and caring

The quality of parenting matters more than the amount of time one spends with her children.

Obama's world tour an appeal for U.S. Jewish votes

Presidential candidate Barack Obama is on a tour of South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Generally, he has been well-received abroad, though the trip is partially to influence Jewish voters in the United States.

London could be Columbia’s sister city

The similarities may not be obvious, but take away the familiar English sites, and the cities have a lot in common.

Participating, covering the fair two different experiences

The story from the judge's table is different than the story covered by the reporter.

Money matters more than we think

As gas hits record highs, speculators are getting richer. Some who have committed financial misdoings are still praised for making a few people rich. It seems money counts for more than people want to think.

New Missourian site launches; tell us what you think

The new design of our Web site was launched Tuesday night. Help us work out the bugs. Is it working? Are you having trouble viewing a story or video? Please go here to leave a comment, share your ideas for future improvements and see what others have to say.

We should trust the police to use Tasers safely and fairly

Tasers make the job of being a police officer a little less hazardous.

Diverse religions must accept each other, stop pushing beliefs on others

Closed-minded persons are restricting the freedoms of others by not looking beyond their own religion.

U.S. exports economic problems

The economic problems affecting the U.S. are also showing up in the United Kingdom, Spain, Australia and Ireland.

The British hear more about the U.S. than we are about them

Much of the news from Britain is similar to the U.S., including the problems with the economy and violence. A main difference is that knives instead of guns are used in the British killings.

The Columbia Missourian is updating its interactive Web site

Improved access to advertising, photos, multimedia, stories and blogs are just a few of the improvements being made on ColumbiaMissourian.com.

‘Give peace a chance’

Watching the disturbing television news on a peaceful Sunday afternoon should cause American policy to mirror John Lennon rather than the current pointless conflict.

Evening garden offers oasis after a day of work

Our eyes see differently at night, and colors tend to take on a different look. An evening garden relies heavily on flowers that are white or light-colored and so are visible even on a moonless night.

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.

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