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People need more from City Council

When a friend, standing short in stature but a giant in the world of local politics, quietly but firmly “yells” at me, I listen. Her displeasure concerned my article on the City Council’s lack of progressive and positive growth for this large town. She wants to hear about things the city does right.

Negativists fail to see real America

As a retiree who is enjoying his twilight years — if that downhill side of life can be deemed idyllic — I have a lot of time on my hands. Having little interest in creative hobbies, i.e. watercolors, stamp or coin collecting, scrapbooking or taking naps, I find myself instead watching, listening to and reading the opinions of others provided by the normal media outlets.

Proper structures can extend growing season

As much as gardeners love to be outside working in their gardens, only a few like the heat and humidity — and insects — of the summer garden here in Missouri. And while there is always great expectation and enthusiasm for gardening as spring springs out, there is also something to be said for fall gardening if one can handle its unique problems.

Life is tough enough, be attentive to others

Now is the time to wage a major campaign against nuisance. We are in an unendable war, we are being poisoned by food and injured by products from we don’t know where and our rights are being protected by a Department of Justice whose reputation is suspect.

Alternative fuel in the spotlight

Byron Scott, guest moderator: It’s midsummer in case you haven’t noticed. The corn is as high as the Rogers and Hammerstein elephant’s eye, and so is the price of gasoline.

Supporting MU would help city’s economy

To return to an old theme, the biggest engine driving Columbia’s economy is the university. When it suffers, we all suffer.

‘Lady Bird’ did her best to make a beautiful world

She cherished the Texas Hill Country, where every April ignites a bluebonnet extravaganza that’s become its own tourist attraction.

New Democratic Congress failing

In less than six months, the top Democrats have squandered the outpouring of public support gained from last year’s congressional elections.

I shoulda known: Nobody’s perfect

I’ve been beating myself up pretty good lately for not getting everything done. And what I have done hasn’t been done as well as I’d like it to be.

NFL decides not to be sporting about journalists at pro events

The big leaguers in the newspaper industry — associations with acronyms and memberships of top editors — have been sending letters of protest to the NFL this summer. The fuss: new rules.

If it’s mostly ads, is it a newspaper?

I remember the days when newspapers had news. Now they have advertising. If they can’t get it all in the basic paper, they add whole sections which they insert. Advertising spilling out everywhere. Oh, I know about the financial foundation supplied to the “news”-papers by advertising.

Council should value people over property

Ed’s and Sunset Mobile Home Park residents organized and expressed their concerns during the July 2 Columbia City Council meeting that addressed the proposed annexation and rezoning of their mobile home parks.

Follow these tips and your tomatoes will thank you (and so will your tastebuds)

Since my own tomato plants are getting tall, flowering and beginning to develop fruit, this might be a good time to write about how to care for tomato plants.

Libby case a theatrical witch hunt

I am continually amazed at the torrent of political misinformation fed to us, much of which is by syndicated columnists secure in their knowledge that their loyal and gullible readership won’t bother to look for evidence to the contrary, regardless of its ready availability.

Gunfire signals it’s time for attention to neighborhood decline

They are not gentle people,” my neighbor, who is Indian, observed over chai one night. We were talking about some of the people in our neighborhood, which has gone downhill over the past year.

25 years of change: U.S. values shrinking

As I celebrate my 25th year as a columnist I look back over my shoulder and think of the way my world has changed over the years and how my attitude toward life has changed because of it.

U.S. needs energy policy change

There’s a bill floating around that would let our government sue members of the OPEC for driving up the price of oil.

Bush’s Iraq strategies

I once belonged to the Book of the Month Club, as well as the Beer of the Month Club — but, I tell you, one thing I can’t subscribe to is George W.’s Iraq Strategy of the Month Club.

New route strengthens affection for Columbia

Hey, big shots, it’s time to care for vets

To President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and members of the House and Senate:

You’ve all been shocked — shocked to discover the care some of our wounded soldiers received was substandard. But what did you expect?

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