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DEAR READER: I'm still conflicted over the ethics policy

The conversation about conflict-of-interest moved from the specific to the philosophical, from attending concerts of musicians raising funds for causes to whether we should throw the whole policy in the trash.

DEAR READER: Help the Missourian update its conflicts-of-interest policy

We'd like your input as students are proposing a new draft for the Missourian's conflicts-of-interest policy.

DEAR READER: Larger population has changed Columbia elections

Campaigning feels like it's all grown up in Columbia, for better and for worse.

DEAR READER: Skala's dining is in Kespohl's 'sites'

Karl Skala has spent more on travel than any other ward council member while assuming leadership on national committees. Voters will decide if it presents an issue.

DEAR READER: Anonymous words become weapons against sexual assault victims

The bad habit of victim-blaming is apparent in anonymous comments, and it needs to stop.

DEAR READER: You deserve better than a non-working Web site

ColumbiaMissourian.com was a victim of success once again. A link from Drudge Report caused the site to go down Monday.

DEAR READER: Of blogs and frogs and other news

Missourian blog posts are often more conversational, use the first person and include additional reporting and important links to related coverage.

DEAR READER: When you comment on a newspaper site, it's public

DEAR READER: Journalists have more work to do on 'fake pot' story

A lot of claims have been made so far about K2, but few have been substantiated.

DEAR READER: The next time a big story breaks, look to the cloud to get the news out

In the spring, ColumbiaMissourian.com will start using a different technology so that when a big story breaks, like it did Monday with the Ryan Ferguson case, the Web site will keep up with demand.

DEAR READER: Responding to allegations about 'usual suspects'

There's nothing unusual about Mike Martin's "usual suspects" harangue against the Columbia Missourian.

DEAR READER: As copy editors are cut, accuracy declines

Newspapers around the country are being forced to do more with less. But what happens when readers spot spelling and grammar mistakes?

DEAR READER: Newspapers find original stories

Of local news coverage, newspapers generate the most original reports. The Missourian exemplifies that trend and will continue to do so in the coming semester.

DEAR READER: Sometimes the commentary becomes the news

A lively debate over the performances of the bands at the Texas Bowl offerered differing and unique perspectives of fans and band members.

DEAR READER: The presses will roll, probably, after the Tigers play in the Texas Bowl

On-the-scene coverage of the game and related events will be online Tuesday and in print Wednesday.

Yes, Dear Reader, there is a 'Yes, Virginia' editorial today

The editorial, written in 1897, transcends any particular faith and speaks to all. It describes an aspiration for hope and wonder.

DEAR READER: Let's try using truths, dang truths and other statistics

Readers should not have to work to decide which numbers to trust and which to discard, which is why it is worrisome when unscientific polls make their way into Missourian articles.

DEAR READER: Photojournalists bring back the war in Afghanistan

The Associated Press' Julie Jacobson shared her story of following and photographing Marines in Afghanistan to a cadre of editors in Kansas City earlier this week.

DEAR READER: Missourian Readers Board poses some good questions

For example, violence is a story that won't go away, so what can be learned from the deaths of the Kahlers?

Clarifying the positions of patients, advocates in the breast cancer screening debate

It wouldn't have been clear to readers what the patient's position in the debate actually was but it was clear about the oncologist's role.

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