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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.

Smoking ban hurts local economy

Business owners should not be subjected to a city ordinance that prohibits smoking because government wants to mandate public health and welfare.

Churches should find better ways to use mission money

In this Christmas season, neighborhood churches should do more to reinforce our values than attract youthful congregations.

U.S.-Iran relations still tenuous

Whether the U.S. and Iran can repair its relationship is an open question despite recent developments.

Now is the time for giving — to the community

The topic at the recent community forum might have started out as being about crime in Columbia, but many in the audience thought the real issue is jobs. Closely linked to the economics is the need for more residents to be involved in finding solutions.

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