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Missouri State Senior Games bring together athletes over 50

More than 1,700 athletes will compete in more than 25 events June 19 to 22, and some winners can move on to the National Senior Games in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Issues aren't so different across the pond

We’ve been in London a couple of weeks now, and I’ve noticed some striking parallels between Britain and the colonies, including but not limited to politics. I’ll explain.

Nations are getting on board with biodiversity efforts, but more can be done

The Convention on Biological Diversity held in Bonn, Germany, and attended by more than 100 nations, aims to get the international community involved in discussions about the implications of decreasing biodiversity.

Putting wind energy into perspective

After we ran an Associated Press story that identified bird deaths as one of the downsides of wind energy, one reader pointed out that wind turbines aren’t as detrimental to birds as many people think.

Mesa Airline’s takeoff leaves mid-Missouri travelers unaffected

High gas prices should make regional air travel a viable option, but travelers in this area seem content driving rather than dealing with airline hassles.

Energy independence requires cooperation

America has the technology to let loose of our dependence on oil; now all that’s needed is the will to move forward.

Ignoring immigrants isn't helping anyone

It really does not make sense that Americans who are so concerned about foreign terrorists should be content to leave the country’s borders wide open for individuals to cross at will.

Panelists see signs of hope in Middle East

Some important and hopeful things are happening in the follow-up to President Bush’s recent visit to the Middle East.

The good and the bad of legislative inaction

Missouri's 2008 legislative session is mercifully behind us.

Photos add life to any story

No matter the topic — an earthquake in China or the new Missouri Theatre — photos give a story the human element.

For legislators, politics gets in the way of governing

Increase punishment for vandals

J. Karl Miller thinks recent vandalism points to the need for harsher punishments.

Avoid the rain; stay inside and read

Severe weather conditions have caused people to prepare for the worst. Nolen is avoiding the bad weather by staying inside and catching up on reading.

Nagging needed to make community planning a reality

The slow-down has arrived. Over the past 10 days or so, the Missourian has published the numbers. Taxable sales in Columbia fell by $4 million last year, and they show no sign of turning around so far in 2008.

Watching the watchdog: Tell Columbia's news media what you think

Missourian editor Tom Warhover encourages citizens to engage in debate about the state of the news media.

Voter ID Act is an attempt at absolute power

The Voter ID law is, in fact, “fear-mongering” by the conservative end of the political spectrum.

Evangelicals’ ties should be to the Bible, not to political parties

An Evangelical Manifesto urges evangelical Christians to focus on a biblical agenda, not partisan politics.

President Bush should be impeached for war crimes

The interrogation techniques used on prisoners of war were authorized by the White House and should be considered war crimes.

Regulation of credit card companies is long overdue

The fact that these companies have gotten away for years with raising interest rates and treating their customers like criminals when they fall behind in their payments has given us a fair idea of whose side the government is on.

The country is not as bad economically as critics portray it to be

Gloom and doom economic forecasts overlook the fact that the economy corrects itself - without government interference, too.

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