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Local Columnists

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.

Another view: Schools often suppress individuality and bully students into molds

The atmosphere leads to anxiety and frustration that can later cause bullying and other harmful situations in school.

Elections won’t solve Zimbabwe crisis

Robert Mugabe is expected to continue controlling Zimbabwe, where his oppressive regime has ruled since 1980.

Lowlights from Jeff City

State legislators have been busy shutting down much-needed proposals

Welcome to my March Madness

Improper use of "they" when referring to a team takes all the fun out of basketball season.

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