Andrew Del-Colle columns

COLUMN: Bond should remove hold on General Services Administration appointee

Sen. Kit Bond's imprudent hold on GSA appointee Martha Johnson comes at a bad time and stems from his grievance over a Kansas City federal complex.

COLUMN: Are our national security expectations reasonable — or realistic?

Even if the security flaws that gave Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab a chance to blow up a plane on Christmas Day are fixed, lapses in security will always exist.

COLUMN: Being ill-informed and judgmental define the aughts

The moniker “context-free” could easily be used to describe the entire past decade, or at least the way society is trending. Look no further than the ubiquitous end-of-the-year/decade lists and retrospects currently plaguing the Internet.

A salesman's six easy tips for smart holiday shopping

Take it from someone who once sold a $2.95 warranty on a $6.95 purchase — you don't need everything a salesperson may try to sell you.

The case for an occasional asteroid

The enormous space rock that plummeted through the atmosphere on Oct. 8 brought more than a smoky trail and a massive fireball. It brought perspective.

Truth about football academics obscured by PR, academic contracts

Vox magazine tried to look deeper into rumors about a lax attitude toward academics among some MU football players, but was met with a strong wall of public relations officials and faculty and tutors hamstrung by contractual restrictions. Efforts to get beyond those obstacles were only partially successful.

'Knock Out King' participant Williams doesn't deserve 12-year sentence

Charles Williams III will be sentenced Friday. The jury that convicted him of second-degree robbery suggested 12 years, but Judge Kevin Crane can and should send the teen to jail for a shorter period of time. When you remove emotion from the equation, it becomes clear that the suggested punishment doesn't fit Williams' crime.

Ground beef regulation sickening, in need of reform

An investigation done by a reporter for The New York Times shows that testing for E. coli can be lax — and little is being done about it.

Four-way stops are civilized society's ultimate challenge

A year of living in Columbia has made the inability of many residents to handle four-way stops evident. Very evident. 

Cheap, easy and adventurous, birding is a great hobby

Birding is a great way to spend time with loved ones or to relax by yourself. With fall migration coming soon, there's no better time to give birding a try.

Legos' soul moves aside for movie tie-ins, video games

Legos are staying afloat because of a new, more profitable business model, but this comes at the expense of creativity.

Sedalia School District's educational credibility hangs in the balance

Sedalia School District's choice to remove band shirts reflecting evolution distort logic and categorize scientific theory with religion.

Lithium is the key to powering a new generation of automobiles 

Bolivia is in the process of building its first lithium plant, giving it the opportunity to dominate the lithium-battery market.

Climate engineering: a contentious solution

Scientists might be able to cool the planet through climate engineering, but are the risks worth the reward?

Legislative recess, elementary style

Considering all the infighting that goes on in Congress these days, people often liken our congresspersons to a bunch of bickering children. Sometimes, it's fun to imagine if they actually were.

When mortgaging your property gets old, try settling in Catan

The German board game Settlers of Catan succeeds where Monopoly fails at being the perfect board game.

The road to conservation requires no new roads

The Roadless Area Conservation Rule needs to be fully reinstituted and regulated with a heavy hand. The Obama administration needs to reconsider the long-term damage the rainforest will incur if logging continues.

Pony up: Charging for online content needs to happen

Journalists should start treating their product like a product, and not charging for it is simply bad business.

Has the digital age made cemeteries obsolete?

Although graveyards can aid in the grieving process, a much more peaceful and cathartic experience could be had by leaning against a couple of trees in honor of the deceased and be surrounded by life.

Iraqi 'National Sovereignty Day' might be a little premature

Iraq has declared "victory" and is celebrating "National Sovereignty Day" on June 30  in honor of the withdrawal of American troops. However, they might be celebrating a bit too soon.