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Discriminatory language still unbelievably prevalent

Hateful language flows too often and too easily, and sometimes comes from unlikely sources ... and it needs to be stopped.

Supreme Court should recognize Second Amendment

The Supreme Court should let stand the D.C. Federal Appeals Court’s decision that D.C.’s ban on handguns violates the Second Amendment.

Citizens and the government should take responsibility for mortgage, food crisis

We lost a lot in our move from an agricultural to an urban society: Such things as realizing the importance of families working together, a willingness of neighbors to help neighbors, an appreciation of our relationship with nature and an understanding of death in the natural order.

Continuing to cover changes in the Iraq war from a local and national standpoint

Byron Scott, a veteran newspaper and magazine journalist, is professor emeritus, Missouri School of Journalism and director of The European Union Center at MU. He was filling in for Stuart Loory, who holds the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies at the MU School of Journalism, regular moderator of the weekly radio program “Global Journalist.” It airs at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays on KBIA/91.3 FM or at globaljournalist.org.

On the fence about school tax vote

Sewer bond issues are a definite yes, but the school tax is a harder call.

Balance of mind, body and spirit essential for living

One cannot live life to the fullest with anything less than a perfect balance.

A larger issue of race: discussing real-life problems in the First Ward

Community members as well as the press need to effectively discuss the issue of race in the First Ward, especially as the April 8 election approaches.

Sturtz is the best choice in the First Ward

Paul Sturtz offers a vision that goes beyond just the issues of the First Ward.

Federal surveillance targets terrorists, not citizens' privacy

A recent panel gathering at MU to discuss the Bush administration’s wiretapping showed little promise of objectivity.

Spring brings blooming lilacs

By planting from the three varieties of lilacs, you can have blooms for up to six weeks. The plant's arrival in America dates back to the mid-1750s.

Resolve nation's problems by learning their cause

Unless we deal with the cause and effect of our nation’s problems, we’ll never be able to move past the disasters.

Tibetans continue struggle against China

With the Olympics coming to Beijing, the tension between Tibet and China has been renewed.

Heated presidential race fuels politics junkies

George Kennedy writes about balancing politics with sports and other interests.

Major news events well served by both old and new media

Use of new technologies can give a fresh view on news stories.

March is a telling month for MU women’s basketball

Now is the time for rooting for the teams that still have a chance to be champions — and to look at the teams that never had a hope of going to the tourney.

True HMOs could fix health care system

Americans choose unhealthy lifestyles, take no responsibility for consequences and health care costs continue to rise as a result.

It's the war economy, stupid

The Bush administration’s war spending is taking away from spending in other areas.

Garden journals help with building creativity

Keeping a garden journal can give you an outlet for creating and designing your perfect garden, as well as offering you space to record information about plants and seeds you selected.

Keep opinions off the front page

Karl Miller gives budding journalists the advice to leave their opinions and personal agendas out of news stories.

It's time somebody took control of this country again

More government wouldn't hurt a thing — in fact, it's needed now. Left to their own devices, people and corporations generally can’t be trusted to do the right thing. We need government to step in and increase regulation.

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