Today's Question: Does a consumption tax help or hurt income inequality?

The consumption tax compensates for the increase in sales tax by giving every taxpayer a rebate. Those who are earning below the poverty level — below $20,000 — will not have to pay at the same level as those above. But does it help or hurt income equality?

Consumption tax more nuanced than some people might think

While federal legislation remains in committee, Missouri has moved into the forefront of efforts to enact a consumption tax. A national group promoting a federal consumption tax will hold a rally from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds that's attracting national attention.

MU athletics to require test for sickle cell trait

Starting in the fall sports season, MU will require all athletes to undergo the test. Sickle cell trait effects the functioning of blood cells, which can be dangerous for athletes participating in intense physical activity.

Public Works to recommend lower residential speed limits

The request — to lower the speed limit to 25 mph from 30 — was made as the result of an MU traffic study.

Kate Gallagher takes home Junior Championship

Kate Gallagher, 17, of Savannah, Missouri, took home top honors in the Missouri Women's Golf Association Junior Championship Friday.

Citizens deserve their own police review board

A police review board would provide Columbia with a group of people whose diverse backgrounds would help marginalized residents find a voice.

Photos should reflect the truth of the moment

In last month's Missourian, a photo ran that later appeared to be digitally altered. It has since been removed from the newspaper's Web site, but it offers some valuable lessons about scrutinizing photos just as much as the articles themselves.

Iranian, Lebanese and EU elections could result in major transformation

In the past week, both the European Union and Lebanon held significant elections. On Friday, Iran also held its national elections. All three have important implications for the rest of the world.

It's time to bring Columbia back to economic equilibrium

The statistics show the U.S. economy is sinking, and the citizens of Boone County are feeling its effect.  It's time for local regulators and associations to devise a plan to bring Columbia back to equilibrium.

No smoking: Senate votes gives FDA more power

The Senate passed historic legislation against smoking in America on Thursday, which would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate the content, marketing and advertising of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Friday is the official switchover to digital television

With the switch comes potential headaches for the unprepared and benefits, such as FOX in HD, for everyone else. Here are some tips and resources for getting ready.

Shelter Gardens concert series returns Sunday night

The Columbia Community Band will begin the six-concert series at 7 p.m. Sunday with an old-style band concert including a variety of traditional patriotic tunes honoring Flag Day.

Making controversy civil: MU's Difficult Dialogues gathers universities for summer institute

MU's Difficult Dialogues program is showing other campuses how to talk about sensitive subjects. “Many controversial issues have multiple sides, and they aren’t just black and white,” says Noor Azizan-Gardner of the MU Chancellor's Diversity Initiative.

The Daniel Boone Regional Library finds a new image

The Daniel Boone Regional Library Board chooses a new logo, but the conversation will continue about a new slogan.


Christian Church congregations encourage racial sensitivity

Columbia churches are encouraging their members to take part in the Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism training this weekend, which gives congregations tools to raise awareness of racism.

Family friend describes fatal Tuesday house fire

A fund has been set up at Boone County National Bank to help pay the medical expenses of the woman who survived the house fire Tuesday that took the life of her father.

Columbia meth lab busted; four suspects arrested

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department, in cooperation with the MUSTANG unit, found components of a meth lab, methamphetamine, 10 stolen guns, ammunition, marijuana and some drug paraphernalia in a mobile home.

Nixon signs bill expanding jobless benefits

Gov. Jay Nixon signed a measure to use federal money to give Missourians up to 20 additional weeks of jobless benefits.

LETTER: Congress abandons Obama's clean energy jobs promise

By abandoning these promises, integral parts of the Clean Air Act have been repealed.

Columbia considers cyclist harassment ordinance

The bill would make it a misdemeanor to initimidate people on bicycles. If it passes, the City Council will work with the Municipal Court to decide how to enforce it.