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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.

With printed news in trouble, what does the future hold for journalism?

What motivates readers to choose the stories they choose? That’s the topic ofthis summer’s “Watching the Watchdog” events.

Messages of terrorism can lead to unnecessary fear and paranoia

My antenna went up and alarms went off when an unsolicited package addressed to David Rosman arrived at his church.

Contain your affinity for fresh produce; fresh produce possible without full-sized gardens

Green thumbs that want fresh vegetables but are restricted by living conditions: there is hope. Growing a garden in a container can be just as good as a regular garden.

McClellan’s book reveals no new information, rehashes Democrats' arguments

Press secretary Scott McClellan’s book simply rehashes already stated and reviled feelings of the Democrats.

Iowa floods create hardship for community

A former Columbia KOMU/Channel 8 anchor talks about the devastation of flooding in Iowa, and how journalists are helping keep residents informed.

Hard times, emergencies make us realize we’re all in this together

The neighbor’s house and property should not have to be destroyed by a weather or fire event for people to discover that we are all human beings.

Nations uncertain on how to adjust to oil prices

While American drivers take the fuel increases in stride and do little to object to record profits by petroleum companies or the inactivity of government in keeping prices down, protests have been growing around the world.

Columbia School District should use surplus to pay teachers

The school board showed two budgets to the public at its meeting Thursday. One would cause the teachers to endure a cut in salary.

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