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Parents are no longer disciplining children at home

Law enforcement was recently removed from Columbia’s middle schools. In the past discipline was more severe in the home, but now it has become a role of public schools.

Wrong page printed in Tuesday's Missourian

Page 4A in Tuesday's Missourian is not the Page 4A prepared by the production staff on Monday night. Due to an error that the Missourian is investigating, Page 4A from Jan. 30 was printed in its place.

Big business owners, politicians evade pressure of recession

As the U.S. faces impending recession, everyday people feel the strain more than the corporate executives and economists.

Gazans entry into Egypt puts peace on hold

Although Palestinians are excited to cross the border into Egypt, a powerful Hamas reduces the likelihood of peace.

Populists Edwards, Huckabee spur competitors’ talk of economic inequality

Contemporary populists echo past ideals of opposing the elite hold on wealth. In doing so, they urge their competitors to discuss issues of poverty and hunger.

Help us cover profiling story by sharing what you need to know

Every year, the Missourian reports statistics showing that minorities get stopped or searched more often than whites. What do you need to know in order to have a better conversation about this issue?

Feathered friends getting fat

A drop in the temperature means a dietary change for backyard birds. As they eat more, they might increase their levels of cholesterol or heart attack.

Goodbye, Matt Blunt. We hardly knew you.

The governor failed to connect with Missourians, young and old, in his only term.

Remembering Norman Cousins

In the 1960s, Norman Cousins was successful in banning the testing of nuclear weapons.

Convictions remain unchanged by court hearings

Voter photo identification, lethal injections and a senator’s drunk driving arrest are still sparking controversy.

Two-party system destructive to the country

Many voters want to change the government, but for the first time in their lives, some will boycott the voting booths.

Eastern European press pursues freedom

Since the end of the Communist era, the press in Eastern Europe has pursued independence. Some countries have overcome impediments to a free press, while others are still struggling to achieve independence.

City’s Vision and Action Plan needs community support

The only way the Vision and Action Plan will succeed is if citizens continue to nag Columbia City Council about it.

There's a world beyond the U.S.

The Missouri School of Journalism’s European media tour has been going on for five years now, during the winter break. But this was my first trip.

Try energizing exercises instead of using relaxation techniques

A counselor and life coach offer energizing techniques as methods for self-improvement.

Put candidates to the test for your vote

Voters must pick someone who agrees with most, not all, of their most important issues.

Blunt has achieved his goals — now can the state recover?

When Gov. Matt Blunt issued his surprising declaration of non-candidacy Tuesday, he explained his decision not to run again by saying that he has accomplished everything he set out to do as governor — and then some.

So he has. The question he leaves us with is how, and whether, Missouri can recover.

Campaigns focusing on superficial issues

Few candidates do more than promise things they cannot deliver. A record of leadership and accomplishment should be the real test for our nation’s next commander-in-chief.

Citizens must become more proactive

Unless people become activists and work for change, the world will remain in the shape it’s currently in.

Bush’s two-state solution in Middle East far off

The U.S. president tries to jump-start peace negotiations between the Arabs and Israelis.

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