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Local Columnists

Decision to hold back names not taken lightly

The Missourian is in the business of revealing, not concealing. So you deserve to know more about our rationale for withholding names twice in the last two weeks.

Hidden costs of bottled water lead to discouraged consumption

Low recycling rates and millions of gallons of oil needed to produce and transport the bottles makes tap water all the more appealing.

Both Fox and Sally Field followed their codes of morality

Sally Field had a right to say what she wanted, but Fox Entertainment also had the right to censor what was broadcast.

Vicious attacks on Petraeus cross the line

Missourian columnist Miller says it’s nice to get away from the world of news for a week, but coming back home leads one to find that very little has changed.

Society values wealth and conveniences more than personal relationships

As Americans, we spend more time showering our children and elderly with goods rather than investing time and caring in them.

Foreign scholars being denied entry into U.S.

The U.S. government has been denying visas to foreign scholars, often without giving them a reason why.

Part of the herd and leader of the pack

Rewarding thought processes and life experiences is important because it helps a person feel included and gives them the confidence to stand out.

Reporters' efforts help open a process that shouldn't have been closed

The Columbia School Board has learned that choosing a high school site in secret doesn’t always generate the best site and can lead to a public backlash.

Speaking with ‘one voice’ silences important discussion

Public bodies that only give the party line are dangerous to the health of meaningful talk in our town.

Columbia’s best businesses make customer service top priority

David Rosman doles out praise to local establishments that live by good hospitality.

Read in the morning? Pleasant moods, take warning

Snatching up the news is a good way to spoil a fine day.

Walking for pleasure, errands and socialization may be a lost art

Rose Nolen recalls her days of living in a small town and tells why she loves walking.

Public deserves to be involved in final high school site decision

The Missourian has made coverage of Columbia's new high school site a priority.

Get to know thy neighbor

Rosman says in order to be truly holy, you need to accept the holy beliefs of others.

Contact the newsroom

This provides an e-mail link to the Missourian newsroom.

Few living the American dream

Low wages, a lack of health benefits and the ever-increasing rate of bankruptcies and foreclosures has pushed the once-middle class into the ranks of the working poor.

Environment, trade focus of APEC

The leaders of 21 nations of the Asian-Pacific region gathered to meet in Sydney, Australia, this past weekend. President Bush held one-on-one meetings with all of these leaders in appreciation of how important their countries have become to the U.S.

Five Ideas

In this section, we present a few of the major issues that have come up in the public discourse in the past week. We end each subject with a quesion to encourage you to consider your own opinions about these issues and how they affect our community. Please take a moment and contribute to the dialogue.

Cities must take lead in immigration issues

Level-headed community leaders are needed to address the difficulties that immigration has brought.

Media, public opened high school debate

Missourian coverage of where to put a new high school helped force a more public discussion.

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