From Readers

WHAT YOU SAID: Will higher cigarette costs affect smoking rates?

Readers join the conversation on how effective a higher cigarette tax would be.

INVITATION: Share what's happening in Columbia's art scene

Have something from Columbia's arts and culture scene that you'd like the rest of the community to know about? Become a part of ArtTalk, and help open the eyes of our community to local art.

TELL US: What one word describes how you feel about Mizzou football?

Halfway through the season, Missouri is 3-3. Some say the team is just not prepared for the SEC.

FROM READERS: Pictures of the morning of the first frost

Frequent contributor John Hall shares photos from the morning of the first frost.

FROM READERS: Dance Marathon Miracle Kid plays princess for a day

Mahir Khan met Jayla Kemp, a Mizzou Dance Marathon Miracle Kid, and instantly knew they would be friends.

FROM READERS: Despite a disappointing debate, Americans should still vote

Despite a disappointing first presidential debate, citizens should still show up to the polls on Election Day to support a candidate.

TELL US: Will higher cigarette costs motivate people to stop smoking?

We want to hear your thoughts about new proposed cigarette tax increase.

From Readers: A daughter remembers her mother's life

Gertrude Lavera Dawson's daughter remembers her mother's life.

FROM READERS: Columbia CROP Hunger Walk aims to overcome hunger

This Sunday's Columbia CROP Hunger Walk raises money for local and international organizations and includes a 1.5 mile walk around downtown Columbia and a 5K Run on the MKT trail.

FROM READERS: Exercise caution when handling food at tailgates

Ellen Schuster and Karen Sherbondy advise tailgaters not to eat perishable food after it's two hours old. If the outside temperature is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the time falls to one hour.

TIGER KICKOFF: Players tweet about Saturday's win, change in seasons

Missouri football players took to Twitter to express excitement for Saturday's win against Central Florida, support NFL teams and comment on the change in seasons.

FROM READERS: Broadway Christian Church holds animal-blessing service

This Sunday, Broadway Christian Church will hold its second annual Blessing of the Beasts service, carrying out a centuries-old ritual that dates back to St.  Francis of Assisi.

INVITATION: Will you help draw attention to Columbia's prep athletes?

The Missourian wants to increase its coverage of the high school sports community in Columbia and needs your help.

FROM READERS: Hummingbirds depart, birds vie for food in autumn

Frequent contributor John Hall shares photos of hummingbirds leaving for the winter and old communications devices that will never go out of style.

MU TIGER CHALLENGE: Vote on the best words of encouragement for the Tigers

Join the MU Tiger Challenge game for the chance to win $100 to $1,000 this football season.

FROM READERS: Extensive military career begins with search for supplemental income

Debbie Dixon enlisted in the National Guard in 1978 as a way to supplement her income. Through her military service, she has developed a greater appreciation for those who came before her.

MU students have questions for presidential candidates

We asked MU students attending a debate watch party Wednesday at Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center what questions they'd ask the presidential candidates.

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Vanderbilt, Missouri football's next opponent

How much do you know about Vanderbilt University? Here are 14 questions about Missouri football's next SEC foe.

FROM READERS: Passion and creativity essential to being a young, successful entrepreneur

Lauren Rundquist is a 20-year-old sophomore at MU and is an independent jewelry designer and business owner. She shares her experience as a young entrepreneur.

FROM READERS: What being a dad has taught me

I've learned over the past 17 years that I don't have all the answers and that DVD players inside minivans are a useful part of life.