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New insights for the future of your newspaper born at retreat

A couple of weeks ago, 15 Missourian editors went to the woods to talk. I described the goal this way in an earlier letter to you: What is the new compact between the Missourian and the citizens it serves?

Language limits means to equality

The U.S. Supreme Court has made its decision. Race cannot be a factor in deciding how schools select which students may or may not attend.

History is history to youngsters

Young people today are bright and energetic. They have fantastic technological abilities, able to handle the Internet with few, if any problems.

Free speech at air show applies to all

The public’s view of the rights to free speech and expression as defined by the First Amendment ranges the entire gamut of beliefs.

Harvest onions, garlic now to enjoy over winter

It will soon be time to harvest the alliums, particularly onions and garlic. Their storage longevity varies and one is challenged to make use of these food essentials in ways that exploit their goodness.

Prosperity lost: U.S. on way down

With the number of foreclosures and the cost of living steadily climbing, some working-class families are finding themselves moving back into their parents’ home or taking up residence with siblings. This is definitely not the lifestyle they had planned for themselves in the process of raising a family.

World is watching Blair, Brown

Tony Blair left office last week after serving 10 years as Britain’s prime minister. As he left office, he said, “I wish everyone, friend or foe, well, and that is that, the end.” Is it really the end? And what did Gordon Brown mean when he mentioned a new government with a new set of priorities?

Dogs, or any animal, can be therapeutic

My brother in ink, John Merrill, declared “I am decisively a dog hater,” on these pages a few days ago. I could understand not caring for dogs. But hating them? How could anyone hate dogs?

Dialogue and community input lacking in choice of school site

Last week, the Missourian reported on a hearing about the school board decision to locate a new high school on South Rangeline Road. The online headline began with “Public unhappy.”

‘Sopranos’ weren’t the ‘good guys’

Despite the entertainment media’s hyped promise of excitement and mystery in the long awaited finale, I must admit that I did not watch the final episode of “The Sopranos.”

Can you have a great yard if you own pets?

Most of my friends and neighbors have pets. Some of them even manage to have pets and an attractive yard. Others seem to struggle, and in the battle between attractive yard and pet run, often the pet wins and the yard becomes a patchy bit of grass and weeds.

Can you have a great yard if you own pets?

Most of my friends and neighbors have pets. Some of them even manage to have pets and an attractive yard. Others seem to struggle, and in the battle between attractive yard and pet run, often the pet wins and the yard becomes a patchy bit of grass and weeds.

Apathy for education is hurting our nation

My nephew is a football player. He earned scholarships to a top university after high school and was then drafted by a professional football team. His future looks bright.

Apathy for education is hurting our nation

It should be considered unpatriotic to look the other way when our values are being stomped into the ground.

Hamas’ power needs recognition

The Israeli government under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the Bush Administration are trying to turn the violence and the split between Fatah and Hamas in the Palestinian territories into another opportunity to bring a settlement between Israel and the Arab state.

Heroes in journalism are rarely American

During my years in journalism, I’ve met a few heroes, people who have been willing to risk their lives for something they believe in. Not many of those heroes have been journalists.

Out of sight, out of ... what was I saying?

So I was scampering from job to job on Monday, trying to figure out which tasks that were hanging fire should be extinguished first, when a cheery e-mail came through: OK, Mary ... the Dave & Cheri road show is getting ready to commence forthwith ... Prepare to pay for all the evil you have perpetrated upon the world, as we threaten to make an appearance in your neck of the woods in the not too distant future.

Transparency in the newsroom makes for better journalism

Across the street from the Missourian building, professors and Ph.D. students like me pontificate and ponder about journalism. This week, we got to practice what we preach.

Immigration compromise required now

This column will do little to advance my popularity with many of my political persuasion; however, no debate can arrive at a reasonable solution when it is continually stoked by unreasonable and irresponsible hyperbole.

Theme gardens fun way for kids to start planting

Would you like to stimulate your child’s interest in gardening? Consider involving your child in planning and planting a theme garden. Children love having their own gardens that they can further personalize with a theme. Most children love animals, so why not consider planting an animal theme garden?

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