LETTER: Barbara Hoppe deserves second term on City Council

The Sixth Ward councilwoman has the qualities and experience to navigate Columbia through tough economic times.

LETTER: Seniors need Health Connection to remain open

A Health Connection member says losing the senior-centered gym would be a step backward on the road toward a healthier America.

Novelty is not enough for owning exotic pets

After the last few months of snake-laden, monkey-wild, chicken-chocked news, it seems time to review what should be a pretty straightforward lesson: Owning unconventional pets needs more justification than novelty.

Daughter reminds dad there's still demand for local issues

Newspapers that want to attract middle-class, college-educated women in affluent families, need to do more work than just diversify into niche publications. They need to invest in hyper-local news.

LETTER: Robison the right choice to fight crime

If elected to City Council for the Sixth Ward, Rob Robison would support local law enforcement with more tools and funding to apprehend criminals. He is the only candidate to receive the Columbia Police Officers Association endorsement.

LETTER: Rob Robison would be a steadfast leader for Sixth Ward

Robison is genuine and reasonable in his approach to leadership.

LETTER: Robison's leadership, character make him ideal candidate

The Sixth Ward candidate has ideas to expand the business community in Columbia.

LETTER: Rod Robison will be good for small business

Sixth Ward candidate Rod Robison will make better decisions for small business.

LETTER: Hoppe proved her value to Sixth Ward in first term

Barbara Hoppe knows the system and works in citizens' interests.

LETTER: Robison an active citizen who cares for town

The Sixth Ward candidate is dependable and always willing to help others.

LETTER: Rod Robison will bring fair-minded approach to Sixth Ward

Robison's presence on the council will benefit the entire city.

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe dedicated to understanding issues

The Sixth Ward candidate educates herself about city issues before taking a stance.

Governor needs to own up to militia report

Gov. Nixon should place Director of Public Safety John Britt on administrative leave pending a full investigation and accounting of acts of profiling under his supervision at MIAC, and should fully answer and apologize for the militia report.

Missouri baseball team shuts out Oklahoma State

The Missouri baseball team recorded its third shutout of the season Monday. The Tigers defeated Oklahoma State 1-0 and improved to 4-5 in the Big 12 Conference and 13-14 overall.

Gmail undo button a step in the right direction

Finally, technology that is making our lives easier.

Today's Question: To build or not to build second nuclear plant in Callaway County

City officials have already begun to debate whether or not Columbia should try to receive power from a nuclear power plant proposed for Callaway County.

Task force to look at revving up state auto industry

Appointees to the task force represent various stakeholders in Missouri's automotive industry. The governor hopes the task force will speed up the development of environmentally friendly vehicles.

Voting for One Read program opens

The Columbia Public Library is asking the public to vote for this year's One Read program. The two books for consideration are "The Air We Breathe" by Andrea Barrett and "Unaccustomed Earth" by Jhumpa Lahiri. Voting ends April 17.

Ferguson files another appeal of murder conviction

Ryan Ferguson, who was convicted of murder in the death of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt in 2001, has filed a new appeal in the Western District Court of Appeals. Ferguson's counsel says the jury was chosen unfairly because of an opt-out clause that allowed potential jury members the chance to do community service instead of going to court for the jury selection process.

BOONE LIFE: Friendship, hard work reap tasty rewards

People have been flocking to Centralia's Robin's Nest Café, the newly-realized dream of longtime friends Robin Potter and Linda Cunningham.