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Local Columnists

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.

At first, breastfeeding was a bit of a battle

The first week as a father revealed some difficulty of with feeding a baby and some unexpected help from a family pet.

Columbia City Council needs to address gang, economic problems

Bringing in jobs and reducing the crime rate should be priorities on the council’s to-do list.

 

Futile fight over MKT bridge rages on under Nixon

The Missouri Supreme Court upheld the ruling that the MKT bridge belongs to Union Pacific Railroad, who is in charge of removing it ­­­­­­— much to the ire of Jay Nixon.

Idea of entitlement becoming a problem in America

An exploration into the issue of feeling entitled to special treatment based on personal background.

New president in Russia doesn’t signal change

There is debate whether Vladimir Putin’s handpicked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, will be under Putin’s influence or his own man.

Poor judgments make school tax a hard sell

The 54-cent increase to the school tax being proposed in the April election is going to take some selling and some explaining.

Shaking things up at the Missourian

The Missourian’s Managing Editor Reuben Stern discusses how the paper has been debunking traditional journalistic techniques.

Let’s restructure and pay the City Council

Working for the council is a full-time job that should come with a full-time salary.

Little changes make big differences in plants

Plants are living beings like ourselves. They are constantly absorbing, using and eliminating a variety of substances, all governed by processes ruled at the molecular level.

Experience lacking in '08 presidential candidates

None of the presidential hopefuls have executive experience, so voters need to look at other issues to determine the best candidate.

 

Religious background could offer link to state of education

The founding fathers were right to create the separation of church and state but who is responsible for disciplining children and funding their education in relation to religion?

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