DEAR READER: The presses will roll, probably, after the Tigers play in the Texas Bowl

On-the-scene coverage of the game and related events will be online Tuesday and in print Wednesday.

Yes, Dear Reader, there is a 'Yes, Virginia' editorial today

The editorial, written in 1897, transcends any particular faith and speaks to all. It describes an aspiration for hope and wonder.

COLUMN: Long list of people to thank for 2009

Here is some heartfelt appreciation to those in Columbia who make our community a better place to live.

COLUMN: A few things you didn't know about Santa

The jolly man answers questions about his job, requests from children and reindeer.

LETTER: Further thoughts on remedial math education

Although there are problems with math education, it is important to remember that everyone concerned is trying to make the system better.

COLUMN: Politicians blind to changing population

Global warming, Nobel Peace Prizes, Tiger Woods are topics I'll leave to others, but I do worry about politicians who ignore the changing beliefs of the public.

COLUMN: A few suggestions to improve college football

Electronic replays are unnecessary second-guessing of officials that cause both the team and the fans to lose momentum. Also, criticisms of the Big 12 for allowing bowl committees to bypass MU's football team are juvenile.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Is a new law limiting tarmac time for domestic aircraft good enough?

On a tight schedule of holiday traveling, the last thing a passenger wants to deal with is a delay. A new U.S. law announced Monday says airlines will no longer be allowed to leave a passenger-filled plane on the tarmac for more than three hours.

DEAR READER: Let's try using truths, dang truths and other statistics

Readers should not have to work to decide which numbers to trust and which to discard, which is why it is worrisome when unscientific polls make their way into Missourian articles.

LETTER: Climate change skeptics should be heard

The world's climate might be changing, but it's not necessarily human activity that is responsible for it.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Do MU basketball players' arrests reflect poorly on the university?

Several members of both the men's and women's basketball teams at MU have been arrested over the past year. Do you think these arrests reflect poorly on the university?

Global climate conference unlikely to be successful

The U.S. announced it will join in the effort to give $100 billion a year to poor countries to help them cut greenhouse gases. The problem is that the U.S. does not want China to receive money but to contribute to the major fund.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should workers expect privacy when using company technology?

The Supreme Court case scheduled for this spring, City of Ontario v. Quon, could have implications in regards to workers rights for privacy on employer-owned electronics.

COLUMN: Global warming skeptics aren't really skeptic - they're deniers

Our nation’s current crop of  global warming “skeptics” is giving the word itself a bad name. I don’t think most of the self-identified doubters of climate change are really skeptical at all. They’re deniers, not questioners.

COLUMN: Season's message outweighs the religion behind it

Atheists have rights, one of which is to wish holiday joy to others in words of their choosing. After all, December's home to the holy days of several major religions, not just Christianity.

LETTER: Governor, first lady know how to treat holiday guests

It was a wonderful experience at the Governor's Mansion during the holiday candlelight tour.

THE BEAT: Covering the MU men's basketball team

Columbia Missourian editor Greg Bowers and reporters Brian Nordli and Alex Ruppenthal discussed the young team with KBIA's Eric Durban on The Beat.

COLUMN: Tiger Woods' scandal proves he's human

Tiger's infidelity has flawed his perfect, god-like status.

LETTER: Payday loan column unfairly demonized industry

The director of public affairs for Advance America, Cash Advance Centers Inc., says customers say they choose payday loans, in part, because they are simple, reliable and transparent.

GUEST COMMENTARY: What it means to be a black American

Claiming the term black American as a preferred descriptor gives the author a sense of effectiveness.