TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you plan on raising hens in city limits?

Columbia City Council approved a long debated urban hen ordinance. Will you raise chickens within city limits?

COLUMN: More bang for your cluck with new chicken ordinance

A hen's ability to be low maintenance and provide an abundance of food makes the Columbia City Council's new ordinance a success.

COLUMN: Education commissioner gives Missouri a crucial warning

The Missouri Department for Higher Education's coordinating board commissioner Robert Stein is the bearer of bad, but accurate, news. Stein recently gave a letter of warning to education officials noting the upcoming fiscal pressure. MU's future might contain increased workloads and less faculty.

COLUMN: A few things to know about raising chickens

An agricultural journalism student investigates the cost and care it takes to raise chickens.

COLUMN: Bill focused on religion takes away from other issues

The new Senate bill focused on "reaffirming" the First Amendment by focusing on the "right to free expression of religion" is reopening Pandora's Box.

COLUMN: Voter vouchers will improve citizenship, campaigns

Adopting public funding campaigns such as those in Arizona and Maine would give the voters of Missouri a greater incentive to vote and much more power and voice in their government.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Missouri adopt a statewide smoking ban?

Currently no statewide smoking ordinance exists, but legislation proposed Monday could change that, making all bars and restaurants in Missouri smoke-free.

LETTER: We must act now to get energy costs under control

With cap-and-trade legislation in the Senate, rising energy costs loom. It's up to Missourians to search out modernized and upgraded technologies to help counter these escalating costs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't ban animal antibiotics, keep food safe

Antibiotics are used responsibly to prevent and treat disease in animals. They are used safely and judiciously and should not be banned by the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act.

Missourian welcomes letters, guest columns ahead of the April 6 election

All letters will run online and every effort will be made to publish them in the print Missourian by April 4.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Dental therapists solution for rural oral health

Missouri’s oral health is among the worst in the nation, partly because of the state’s shortage of dentists. Programs in Alaska, England, Australia and Canada have had success with dental therapists, who can provide a wide range of dental services at a low cost. Missouri could also benefit from dental therapists if the state’s professional licensing law did not stand in the way.

LETTER: Live tiger at football games idea should be caged

Having a live tiger at MU football games should be pretty far down on the list of priorities for the university.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should President Obama spend on unemployment or enact a spending freeze?

President Barack Obama must deal with a large deficit and high unemployment and try to strike a balance to help both in the national budget.

COLUMN: Why we still need Black History Month

Each year it seems that people question whether Black History Month needs to be taught in schools. Now more than ever, the answer is yes.

LETTER: Consider Sid Sullivan for next Columbia mayor

Sid Sullivan is getting community attention for the city's mayoral race because of his ideas about social justice, quality of life and open communication policy about our local government.

LETTER: Concern for higher education's upcoming fiscal year

Barring an unforseen economic turnaround, higher education will continue to see less funding from the state. Here are a few ideas for making the most of the money.

LETTER: Football games are no place for a live tiger

Surely he was joking when Missouri Student Association President Tim Noce suggested purchasing a live tiger mascot for MU home football games. Doing so would be inhumane and a waste of finances.

LETTER: Obama's job plan more promising than GOP's

Republicans use ideology and rhetoric to argue for what they want. President Barack Obama's plans are built on objective consideration of the facts. Republicans will show themselves to be the greatest domestic enemy of the country they claim to love.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Will you buy the Apple iPad?

The Apple iPad has been involved in plenty of talk, both positive and negative, since its unveiling Wednesday.

COLUMN: The Missourian's top commenters of 2009

The Missourian's comments section was dominated by four titans in 2009, and I've got the numbers to show it.