Local Columnists

Independent civilian board needed to review complaints against police officers

Citizen complaints against police officers are 10 times more likely to be found valid if filed by a white resident than by a black resident.

Earthquake gives Boone County residents something to talk about

Missourian readers contributed to the community conversation via e-mail and Web site comments after a trembler in Illinois was felt nearly 300 miles away in Boone County.

Animals’ behavior keeps life interesting

Between the faithful watchdog and a window-flogging cardinal, there’s never a dull moment on Rancho DeLirious.

In the fight against global warming, we must see the big picture

Gov. Matt Blunt’s plan for Missourians to buy Energy Star appliances may actually increase our carbon footprint due to manufacturing costs.

Politics don't belong in the Olympics

The real point of the Olympics is athletic competition, not to make a political statement.


Americans must remember value of a good education

The America’s Promise Alliance reported recently that 1.2 million students drop out of high school annually. So what are we doing about it?

Impact of Iraq War worse than conveyed by Petraeus and Crocker

After five years, the Iraq War looks increasingly like a no-win situation.

Equal opportunity remains a goal, not a reality

UM System President Gary Forsee has strongly endorsed the value of diversity and walked the walk.

Graduate school is accessible, affordable for everyone

UM System Vice President Gordon Lamb has presented state legislature with a program that will illustrate what graduate school can do for all Missourians.

Blogs give journalists a chance to get involved in community

Jim Buell spent the week sleeping in a box.

Jim and his fellow MU students raised money for Habitat for Humanity by spending the week in cardboard boxes. Jim also reports for the Missourian.

Readers give advice for getting baby to sleep

Moms who have suffered through sleepless nights help the Sherlocks with tips for getting Audrianna to sleep.

Violent acts should not be tolerated

Brutality in our society must end, and peer pressure to stop the beatings and bullying can be far more effective than legal actions.

Christian fundamentalist views should be challenged

The opinions from nonfundamentalists Christians need to be heard as political judgment days draw nearer.

Obama shouldn’t be held responsible for his pastor’s comments

Spring cleaning for the mind

Anti-U.S. socialism in Latin American led by Venezuela’s president

Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, plans to expand his philosophy in Latin America and his rule in Venezuela.

Tuesday’s voters called the school system’s bluff

The county clerk threw us a curve ball

With the election results coming in sooner than expected, the Missourian staff was juggling three options for delivering the news to you.

Traumatic experiences should be left in the past

Which airline do you want to see move to Columbia?

Three airlines were proposed for Columbia Regional Airport. Hawaii Island Air was eliminated because the flight times were unacceptable. Great Lakes and Mesaba have their advantages and disadvantages.