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Local Columnists

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.

Added costs of police protection is price of growth

Shifting personnel and money to cover added expenses aren’t addressing the root of the problem that Columbia faces.

Hospital policy could be reactionary or cautionary

Publishing birth announcements in the newspaper lets new parents share their excitement with the community, and it can be cause for alarm since some kidnappings have been directly linked to such publication.

Take advantage of right to vote

People who don’t vote have no right to complain.

Ferns require humid conditions

Ferns are beautiful indoor plants, but they require the right level of humidity, sunlight and food.

Change begins with younger generation

The twenty-something generation inherited a world of violence, corruption and tragedy. Change will happen by investing in the U.S. economy.

Running the UM System is big business

The selection of Gary Forsee, former Sprint Nextel CEO, marked the culmination of a search for a UM System president. While one can empathize with faculty disappointment with Forsee’s lack of advance degrees and pro-business experience as opposed to academic credentials, it remains a fact that the UM System is now big business as well as an institution of higher learning.

Uncertainty looms in Pakistan after Bhutto assassination

Foreign journalists working and covering Pakistan say the Bush administration needs to come to a better grip with what the Pakistani people think is in their interest.

Mo. legislators paying no attention to issues at hand

It appears that, when what we really need is more revenue to improve state services, both parties will be looking for ways to cut taxes, especially for veterans and senior citizens.

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