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Today's question: What can be done to prevent health care misinformation?

At a town hall meeting Wednesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill tried to dispel rumors about health care legislation. But many attendees said misinformation often comes from politicians, as well as the media and factions from both parties.

Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman about to pedal into the sunset

There are no definite candidates for mayor as of yet, but a good fight is expected between the pro-development and preservationist forces.

Remembering Woodstock: A time of ills and dreams fulfilled

Looking back on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, it was a time of turmoil and celebration.

Today's Question: How do we combat meth use when it’s now so much easier to make?

The highly powerful and addictive drug has never been easier to access or manufacture, so how do we stop people from using it?

LETTER: Come support a moral vision for health care reform

Members of Rock Bridge Christian Church have scheduled an outdoor candlelight vigil 8 p.m. Saturday at the church. The vigil will act in support of a health care reform.

Remembering Ted Kennedy: The impact the Kennedys left on America

For many baby boomers, Kennedy was a political luminary. Many from that era, and possibly future generations as well, will continue to be inspired by his activism.

Reflections on last days of summer

Although the serenity and freedom of summer are coming to an end, students can still look forward to what is yet to come.

Today's question: How effective was the 'cash for clunkers' program?

Car dealerships in Columbia found the program increased car sales — but they also said the rules could be confusing and difficult to navigate.

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.

Obama Power must deliver as promised

The Obama administration needs to demonstrate that it can bring about the hope and change promised during the campaign.

Few willing or able to change irresponsible youth culture

Teen pregnancy, high-school dropout rates and other indicators of an unrestained youth culture may foretell America's slide into dicatorship and Third World status. Unless attitudes change it won't be easy to alter the course.

LETTER: Surveillance cameras are not the answer

City Councilman contends cameras are fine in high-risk public areas but are an invasion of privacy in general public areas.

LETTER: Americans unaware of costs of nationalized health care

The middle-class will bear the brunt of the cost for health care reform, but do these Americans really know what they are getting into?

Today's Question: Should red light camera tickets result in points on your record?

Two cameras, located at Stadium Boulevard and Worley Street and Providence Road and Broadway, will begin charging drivers a $120 fine and 2-point penalties staring Sept. 3.

LETTER: Correcting some mistakes about Hearnes' legacy

Gov. Warren Hearnes was not the first governor to be re-elected in Missouri. He was the first one re-elected to a second consecutive four year term.

LETTER: Shame on the community for not supporting 'Pepper & Friends'

A member of the Columbia community protested the cancellation of the show "Pepper & Friends" on KOMU and expressed doubt as to whether the cancellation was truly due to lack of funds.

Today's Question: How can students save money on books?

Paying for college doesn't just stop at tuition— textbooks often cost students hundreds of dollars. However, there are several choices available to save money this semester.

The downside to awesome 3D laser-mapping

Mount Rushmore is set to be digitally preserved by laser-mapping this fall, and the results will be public. It's a good idea that comes with a little drawback: The availability of the nifty 3D-model somewhat devalues visiting the place in the flesh.

Columbia's cyclist harassment law fixes phantom problem, creates real ones

The City Council's choice to expand rather than suspend a law intended to protect cyclists from harassment shows a lack of common sense. Most Columbians, cyclists and motorists alike, are reasonable people, and the ordinance will only serve to sow animosity where none existed before.

The Music Suite 'only' wants an accurate accounting

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