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Coordinating development lacking in East Columbia

It is obvious in the selection of East Columbia Environmental Impact Study of major street alternatives that no consideration was given to the development of viable neighborhoods.

Efforts to save money will eliminate some regular print features

The Missourian is dealing with the double whammy of stagnant revenue and increasing cost. It’s not unique. At a conference this week in New York on improving journalism, every panel eventually turned to how the media can pay for the news they produce.

Forget impeachment, think criminal prosecution instead

The process of impeaching President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney would take too long, but criminal charges after they’ve left office aren’t out of the question.

There's no justification for U.S. government spying on citizens

The U.S. government has a long history of domestic spying carried on by several agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

How to separate the contenders from the pretenders

Image problems abound for both Republicans and Democrats running for president: For Democrats, it’s the disingenuous anti-war calls, while the Republicans are too busy trying to out-Reagan each other.

Country now sorely in need of entrepreneurs with vision

The big corporations have a private club where CEOs and CFOs and other big bosses are the only ones who are allowed to prosper at the expense of the working and middle classes.

Events overtake our issue of Parade magazine

The Sunday, Jan. 6, issue of Parade magazine, which featured an interview with Benazir Bhutto was printed and distributed around the country before Bhutto was assassinated.

Problems overseas crowd out interest in U.S. election

Trouble in Kenya and Afghanistan has people’s attention more than the beginning of the U.S. presidential campaign.

Missourian’s centennial celebration a chance to reflect, improve

The Columbia Missourian and the Missouri School of Journalism will be reaching the 100-year mark this September, giving staff, students and the community a chance to reflect on its history and work toward progress.

Smoking ban is not the reason some restaurants have gone out of business

Businesses that have closed and cited the smoking ban as the reason were likely in trouble before the ban even came up.

What made winners in Iowa? It was hope

The most striking development in the Iowa caucuses was the remarkable similarity between the winners.

Go ahead, live, it's worth it

This year consider making resolutions that bring you to life.

Amen to separating politics and religion

The most annoying feature of this campaign is the obsession with the religious beliefs and philosophies of the candidates.

Brix reading predicts food flavor

A tool called a refractometer can predict the flavor of fruits and vegetables; however, gardeners are still trying to figure out how to increase that flavor.

A New Year makeover, starting with a to-do list

To be popular requires changes this writer is not willing to make.

Taking the measure of the new president of the University of Missouri System

The most important thing Dr. Gary Forsee said was that he intends to be an aggressive salesman for the university.

The BCS may not have been fair to Missouri, but at least it’s unfair to several other teams as well

While fans may say a playoff system would be fair, which teams would get into the playoffs and which ones wouldn’t?

With 10 weeks left, we have a name ... we think

Finding the perfect baby name is tough, even after you think you've settled on one.

Goals for the New Year

New Year's resolutions are usually broken within the month. This year, consider staying the course.

Research shows that war isn’t caused by instinct

Plans for world disarmament could bring about peace, if nations were willing to consider them.

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