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The John Merrill debate: As journalists and educators, this much we know for certain

Though debate rightfully rages over the consequence of John Merrill’s quote-lifting column, MU School of Journalism faculty say its ethical problem is set in stone.

Save college football like Blunt saved Christmas

Good news: Gov. Blunt says it's acceptable to say 'Merry Christmas. Bad news: The BCS bowl selection system is flawed.

Remarkable season gives Tigers well deserved front-page coverage

MU football's recent benchmarks mean it’s time to sit up and take notice in a different way.

Preparing pets for a new baby

There are several ways to get your pets ready for a new addition to the family.

Religion and politics are like oil and water

The U.S. Constitution unambiguously says that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

Gardeners use science to measure taste

Devotees of the Brix scale think it is the most accurate indicator of the flavor of produce.

Traditions should stay traditional

Some want to change to stories and traditions surrounding America's holidays, but enough is enough.

Conference a “long shot” to lead to peace between Israel and Palestine

It’s too early to tell if the one-day peace conference will lead to more than good words.

University presidents ought to be politicians

The majority of curators has made it clear that the primary criteria for a new president is not that he be a politician, but rather that he be an outsider and that he come from the business world.

New media, familiar truth: Columbia's stories abound

Training with a microphone and video camera is a great way to learn, Tom Warhover writes. There are more ways to cover stories than ever before, and a host of stories just waiting to be told.

Officials should not dismiss recent violent crimes

With stories of violent crime seemingly everywhere, official explanations that nothing unusual is going on are less than satisfying.

An oath is not to be taken lightly

The whining, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth by State Department and Foreign Service Officers over the administration’s decision to order them to service at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is appalling.

Parents must take lead in protecting children

Americans need to step up and get involved in civic projects if they want to improve the country.

Missouri misses chance to save the planet

Missouri was not represented at a recent conference of Midwestern governors gathered to address global warming.

Commentary: Missouri-Kansas rivalry intense enough without invoking Civil War memories

Sports hate can be enjoyable, but old-time real hate is something best left in the past.

Don’t forget donations in your budget

Put a little aside for those charities that really need the money.

Writers Guild strike isn’t scaring anyone

This isn’t 20 years ago: If TV and screen writers continue to hold out for better wages, audiences may well shrug and move on

American citizens should fight for their veterans

American politicians and citizens should fight for better benefits for the people who fight for their country.

Leaders must support troops with action, not just words

We must call on our legislators to provide better treatment to veterans.

Spider plant requires little maintenance

Spider plants reproduce easily and purify the air.

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