COLUMN: Like the playground, Congress filled with fighting children

Childhood fights we encounter on the playground are much like the games Congress plays.

COLUMN: Don't worry about professors requiring students buy their books

Collectively, MU students were asked spend as much as $158,000 this semester on textbooks that were required by the same professor who had written them.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you think Super Bowl XLIV commercials were sexist?

The 2010 Super Bowl commercials, advertising things such as the new Dodge Charger, Bud Light and, have some critics pointing out the amount of sexism portrayed.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri should protect its children, not their abusers

In January, the state’s highest court ruled that where convicted child predators live and what they do on Halloween cannot be limited "retroactively." It’s at least the fifth time in recent years that the court has rejected laws intended to help expose the guilty and protect the vulnerable.

LETTER: Constitution gives us all the freedom of religion we need

Letter to the editor about David Rosman's article about a new bill that hurts the First Amendment to the Constitution.


TODAY'S QUESTION: What can higher education institutions do to make up for budget shortfalls?

Missouri Higher Education Commissioner Robert Stein says that higher education is facing reduced funding for the future due to the state's fiscal situation.

COLUMN: Take a moment to dream with me

Most daydreamers appear empty. Fill you mind with thoughts of God and your dreams will come true.

DEAR READER: New stuff in the opinion section, including your endorsement letters

With the municipal election about eight weeks away, the Missourian welcomes your endorsements and gives a step-by-step guide to submitting them.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Iraq still presents a confused picture

The United States' past impact and future role in Iraq is unclear.

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.