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Local Columnists

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.

Gov. Blunt right, for once, to veto student curator vote

Why not a voting student curator? Because, it seems to me, that undercuts the broadly representational nature of the board. If the students deserve a vote, then surely the faculty does. You can probably think of other legitimate claimants.

Community discussion on the roles of the media beg certain questions

The Columbia Missourian is sponsoring “Watching the Watchdogs,” community forums meant to better understand the role that media should serve in our changing democracy. To what extent should voices in the community be required to identify themselves, and to what extent should they remain mere voices?

Musings on moving

The logistics of moving are more complicated than we admit.

U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn handgun ban restores lost rights

As a result of the court’s decision, individuals now have the right to own handguns, meaning that the good guys can protect themselves against the bad guys.

Age really doesn’t mean much nowadays

People young and old share so many of the same vulnerabilities that age is not a definitive enough way to judge anyone.

King of Beers? Only in America

While patriotic Missourians groan at the prospect of an international takover of Anheuser Busch, InBev offers a more diverse and better-tasting selection.

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.

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