Local Columnists

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.

Christmas tree, O’ Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches — until kitty gets to them

For those cat owners who have seen their Christmas decorations destroyed, this carol is for you.

With a new president in place for the UM system, what do you want to know about him?

Gary Forsee has a slew of constituents to answer to, including the General Assembly and the residents of Columbia.

Music could be key to finding peace at holidays

Today’s Christmas music has little to do with the true spirt of the holiday, and few songs celebrate pease, hope and love.

Become citizens of world, not just U.S.

The Earth Charter aims to establish a peaceful and sustainable global society. In order to realize this goal, education from kindergarten through post-graduate must address the world, not just the nation.

Gun crime punishment, not gun bans, will help kick crime

Keeping thugs off the street isn’t rocket science. It’s common sense.

Holiday plant history unfurled

Many of us have holly, misletoe and poinsettias in our homes for the holidays, but do you know the history behind them?

Driving in circles: Society's reliance on cars takes away from traditional residential planning

Individuals might complain about the price of gas, but there are very few indications that we take the energy crisis seriously.

Kosovo’s future still uncertain

No settlement has been reached between the Albanians and Serbs, but it seems clear that neither side wants a renewal of violence.

GOP presidential candidates seek God’s endorsement

Republicans have been competing over their religious credentials this campaign season.

Think 'me first' for a successful life

Saving 10 percent for yourself will maximize your life in the long run.

Report on MU professors’ salaries show new possibilities of reporting

The computer-assisted, comprehensive analysis represents the future of the newsroom at the same time the old Missourian presses get taken away.

Holidays bring their share of annoyances

Joy, peace, goodwill and presents are great, but hearing "White Christmas" for the 11th time is not.

The new year needs to bring a new attitude for change

There are plenty of good ideas to make this country run smoother, but the United States is in need of a strong leader to execute these plans.

Good government provides opportunity, not perfect equality

This notion of a level playing field is wishful thinking in that it ignores fundamental differences among people. We are all human; however, our dissimilarities abound.

Results of foreign elections bring uncertainty

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela lost a referendum that would have made him president for life, while President Vladimir Putin of Russia gained more control over parliament.

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.