Local Columnists

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?

Church, state need to stay separated

I don’t know what planet people live on who believe that the only people of faith are conservative Republicans. Maybe it’s because these people talk about religion more in public than most people.

Murdoch: Fox on the hunt

Loory: Rupert Murdoch is an international media baron who owns newspapers, television and cable outlets, Internet platforms, magazines, movie studios and book publishers in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States. One morning in April, the 76-year-old media baron sat down to breakfast with Richard Zannino, chief executive officer of Dow Jones, and told Zannino he would pay $5 billion to buy the information empire Zannino controls.

Lieberman’s way too independent — of good sense

What if Al Gore had won the 2000 presidential election but died in office? Would President Joe Lieberman have been worse than George W. Bush? His recent actions suggest that he could have descended even lower in his illogical and immoral responses to the tragedy of Sept. 11. Although now an independent, Lieberman provides a cautionary tale for folks who talk of backing “any Democrat” who can win.

Government looks the other way while banks rob their customers

If you rob a bank, you’re looking at doing 20 years hard time. But what if a bank robs you?

Ah, that’s an entirely different deal. Unlike you, national banks that do wrong generally don’t fear the cop on the beat. Why not? Because the cop’s salary is paid by the banks.

Why is Giuliani singled out for questions on abortion?

About that bolt of lightning that missed Rudy Giuliani last week: Frankly, Rudy would not have been my first choice for divine retribution on that Republican stage. Was the crackle — which stopped the former New York mayor from fully responding to a Rhode Island bishop’s highly personal criticism of his pro-choice views — really meant for him? One doubts it. Messages from above tend to get delivered.

Don’t cry for me, Columbia; I’m in Argentina

A confession: These last few weeks, while I’ve been chiding the legislature and advising the curators, to no appreciable effect in either case, I’ve been doing it from a safe distance. Well, maybe not a safe distance, but a considerable distance. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I can keep up with Columbia from my temporary home in Buenos Aires, Argentina.