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Opinion

Today's Question: How effective is the new downtown task force?

Sinceimplementation of the task force, the failure rate of serving minors has dropped from 50 percent to 30 percent, Columbia Police Sgt. Lloyd Simons said. But some say the task force could lead bar patrons to feel harassed and could put added financial strain on businesses because of increased fines.

Highway accident a reminder that good people are out there

Saying goodbye to a visiting friend, a highway accident shows the goodness in the world.

Tehran Spring

The former USSR knew that if you give oppressed people a hint of freedom, they’d take the lot if not violently run down. The current situation in Iran seems to be echoing past governmental oppression, especially that of the Prague Spring. 

Pony up: Charging for online content needs to happen

Journalists should start treating their product like a product, and not charging for it is simply bad business.

Supreme Court shouldn't consider 'right' and 'left'

In drafting and approving the Constitution, it's doubtful our founders considered “right” and “left” but rather intended to provide a vehicle for our self government.

LETTER: Columbia Apartment Association opposes TIF funding in city

There are several important points to consider before using Tax Increment Funding in the Tiger Hotel and Tenth and Locust developments.

Today's Question: Who should be included in independent interview panel for fire chief search?

The Boone County Fire Protection District is looking for a new fire chief. One of the goals of the board of directors is to involve the public in the selection process by creating an interview panel independent of the board.

LETTER: Real health care reform needed

Congress needs to pass real health care reform in 2009.

Proposed ban on burqas reveals off-base assumptions

Depending on how you look at it, the proposal by the French government to ban burqas can seem like a blow to religious freedom or boon for secular liberation. 

GUEST COLUMN: Obama's election won't end exploitation of race

Beginning with the exploitation and colonization of Africa, Asia and the Americas and continuing through today, race has been used as an economic tool.

Community gardening in Columbia offers many benefits

Community gardens are places where people work side by side — children, the elderly, single parents, students and recent immigrants to our country. These people share stories as well as water and tools, and they slowly build relationships that extend beyond the boundaries of the garden, further strengthening the community.

Today's Question: Is Sotomayor a judicial activist?

Does Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor promote judicial activism as her critics have said, or does her voting record indicate she will be a nonpartisan judge?

LETTER: Time is now for real health care reform

The president of the League of Women Voters of Columbia/Boone County and health chair of the League of Women Voters of Missouri express their views on health care reform.

LETTER: Sotomayor a wonderful pick for Supreme Court

The nomination of Judge Sotomayor will give hope to women, mothers and teachers.

LETTER: Media shouldn't act like hungry wolves

Columbia resident Julia Williams disagrees with Missourian columnist David Rosman's view of Palin press coverage.

Elders can help you make the best of a bad situation

The greatest people are those who have been able to be content in the worst situations, and it helps to surround one's self with the wisdom of elders.

Today's Question: Charging for Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ

Would you still attend the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ festival if tickets (for a price) are required for some areas?

Online debate brews over vetting of letters to editor

Just how much should a newspaper tinker with letters to the editor? Did the Missourian wimp out when it listened to a politician’s version of the facts? There’s been an interesting debate brewing on columbiamissourian.com.

LETTER: Taxpayer money for Roots 'N' Blues, not for Thumper

The city should not charge Thumper Productions a "discounted rate" for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ festival, and then charge admission to make up for the rest of the bill. Charging admission in any form would just discourage the public from attending the event.

LETTER: 'Pepper and Friends' has done a lot over 27 years

"Pepper and Friends" should be retained for the good it has done for the community.

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