Agency auctions off moral high ground

December 30, 2008 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist Two weeks ago, the Bureau of Land Management – acting on orders from the Bush administration – rushed to auction off the drilling rights to nearly 150,000 acres of Utah wilderness adjacent to the Arches and Canyonlands national parks. In fact, rushed is probably […]

Education of rural Missouri children is Jim Tice’s legacy

December 16, 2008 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist This past week, Missouri’s children lost one of their biggest advocates when Jim Tice, former superintendent of both the Sullivan and Strafford school districts and distance education pioneer, passed away. Anyone who ever met Jim would have found it hard to forget him. His […]

Know when to fold ’em

November 18, 2008 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist There’s a reason I don’t play poker for real money: I can’t stand to fold on the first round. The optimist in me always wants to believe there’s a chance my hand will win, even if the odds are against it. Unfortunately, that is […]

Cartoon penguin highlighted important life lessons

November 4, 2008 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist Despite living in a relatively urban area, my parents were determined to raise chickens when I was a kid. As such, my daily chores included feeding and caring for the laying hens each morning. What my parents didn’t realize is that as a small […]

The ‘undecided voter’ must be a myth

October 14, 2008 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist At each presidential debate, the news channels corral a group of undecided voters, arm them with special remotes that instantaneously record their positive or negative reactions and then track the results to see which way they are leaning in response to various remarks. Graphed […]

Fat cats bringing us down with them

October 7, 2008 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist If you ever needed evidence that there are “two Americas” in our country, last week was it: One America that makes its income from investments and another America that makes its income from work. Only now are most of us starting to understand the […]

Lack of accountability fuels our deficits

August 26, 2008 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist It is probably best for Tribune columnists to stick to the subjects they are assigned, but please indulge me for a moment as I attempt to channel Tribune movie reviewer Scott May and tell you about the latest must-see film. It’s not a tale […]

It’s high time to leave the sex out of politics

August 12, 2008 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist John Edwards’ public confession of an adulterous affair in 2006 – an affair that he apparently disclosed to his wife shortly thereafter – has been front-page material since the story broke late last week. We already know much more than we need to, thanks […]

Primary time great season for swag

July 22, 2008 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist Well, there are only two short weeks until the primary election is over. And although the yards in my neighborhood are quickly turning to dust in the July heat, most passers-by hardly notice for all the yard signs. Looking around, it seems like all […]

Lazy media put flip-flops on candidates

July 8, 2008 by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist Can a wise man change his mind? Apparently not if he is running for office. Nowadays, a change in thinking by a political candidate never results from the receipt of new data or information, new wisdom from experience with an issue, a better analysis […]