City has option on gun law

The right of a Columbia resident to carry a concealed firearm might end at the front door of city buildings.

The new state law allowing certain Missouri residents to carry concealed weapons allows each municipality to decide whether to restrict that right in city buildings.

Alliance to address public-access plan

A Mediacom proposal to the Columbia City Council calls for an agreement with local television station KMIZ-KQFX to provide studio access and equipment for public-access television.

David Wilson of the Columbia Media Resource Alliance is scheduled to address the council tonight about the proposal, which would also allow Charter Communications and Mediacom to hire a full-time channel supervisor.

Conceal & Carry Comparison

And then there were five.

With Missouri’s passage of concealed-carry legislation in September, only five states — Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio — still ban hidden guns. Laws among the 45 states that issue conceal-and-carry permits are as diverse as the states themselves, and Missouri falls on the more restrictive end of the spectrum.

MU students relish chance to work for Oscar Mayer

Liz Harper is one of more than a thousand college seniors and graduates nationwide seeking to pilot America’s most recognized frankfurter: the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

Oscar Mayer will choose about 12 applicants in April to attend Wienermobile training, called “Hot Dog High,” in Madison, Wis. The graduates then divide into two-person teams to drive one of the six sausage-shaped vehicles to promotional events across the country for a year, said Melissa Murphy, a current hotdogger, or driver.

Self-regulation in society is a laugh

I have observed that the “haves” seem to be the only people who do not realize that they live in a different world from the “have nots.” To say that this makes for a confused situation really is an understatement. I think those of us who read daily newspapers understand that. We can begin on page one, for example, with a story about how much better self-regulation would work in businesses like telemarketing firms or in industries which cause an impact on the environment or in insurance companies dealing with health-care management. We are supposed to glean from this that we would all be much better served if we let these people regulate themselves. We will learn that the ineffective and ineffectual “mean old” federal government will simply make a mess of it all because obviously, this is not a government of the people, but one that is comprised of people who come from another planet and don’t understand how we do things here.

From page two on, we will read stories about how often married couples cheat on their spouses, how many corporate officers have been caught stealing from their investors, how many civil servants have been caught selling classified information to the enemy, how many families have been caught stealing cable television, how many kids are illegally downloading music from the Internet and how many men have been intercepted while trafficking in child pornography. Rational thinkers will, of course, pause at this point and ask themselves where are these stellar persons of sterling character who will join hands and regulate their industries to operate in the public interest? At that time, conventional wisdom will suggest that government regulation will involve legal restrictions, which means that people found in violation will be arrested and put in jail. Self-regulation will lead to a round of wrist-slapping and some promises to do better.

Controversial goal drops Tigers

The finish Sunday left players, coaches and fans wondering what happened.

The goal that handed the Missouri women’s soccer team a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 24 Oklahoma wasn’t a typical winning score.

Kewps set for district

Payge Pleimann is playing the best golf of her career, and it couldn’t come at a better time for the Hickman Kewpies.

The Kewpies join the Rock Bridge Bruins today at the Class 4 District Championship at Redfield Golf and Country Club in Eugene.

Student commons draws mixed reviews

Columbia College’s new $4 million, 24,000-square-foot Atkins-Holman Student Commons is the first building to go up on the campus for eight years, but its construction has prompted mixed reactions from students.

Shawn Riley, a senior, thinks the commons will change the campus’ focus and bring in new students.

It’s Hall ... again

KANSAS CITY — With one scintillating punt return, Dante Hall broke everything: an NFL record, numerous tackles and Denver’s hearts.

Hall’s 93-yard touchdown return in the fourth quarter gave Kansas City a 24-23 win against Denver on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs improved to 5-0 for the first time in the 44-year history of the franchise. The Broncos suffered their first loss, falling to 4-1.

Denver supplies ways to handle panhandling

Changes in Columbia’s panhandling ordinance could take cues from the Rockies.

“Denver is a model that a lot of other downtowns look to,” said Carrie Gartner, director of the Downtown Columbia Associations.

Chance Meeting

In the summer of 1934, two college women, Alice Prey and Pearl Snavely became roommates. Aspiring teachers at Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg, they soon became best friends. After graduation, however, they drifted apart.

Almost 70 years went by, and neither woman expected to see the other ever again — until a twist of fate caused their paths to cross once more. Just as they were brought together by chance in the 1930s, the women have found themselves again living together at the Terrace Retirement Community in Columbia.