Today's Question: Is creating a Neighborhood Services Office the best way for the city to enforce rental codes?


$732,067 of Columbia's budget will go to the newly formed Office of Neighborhood Services in order to improvement enforcement of rental codes.

LETTER: Coal generation is destructive to the environment

Fortunately, we can eliminate coal and continue to power the country. MU is already accomplishing great things to phase out coal and lead the way into the clean energy future responsibly, but it should strive to be a national leader.

Got a secret? Not on the Internet

In the era of the Internet, secrets are no longer secret. Numerous websites have emerged allowing people to submit their most private thoughts. But what is the appeal of anonymous secret-telling?

News biases make good business but bad journalism

The confusion of journalism with commentary has caused some to distrust journalism.

Today's Question: What excites you about Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ this year?

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ has become a staple of Columbia. Residents and visitors look forward to this time of the year. Starting this year, there's new addition to the event: admission.

Haters do all they can to keep others down

Until citizens are accepting of people other than the typical white, heterosexual male, there will a damper on the amount of acceptance and progress in the country.

A call for civility in politics: Where have you been?

Joe Wilson's behavior wasn't appropriate and this sudden clamor for more polite discourse is welcome, but Democrats weren't examples of civility during the Bush years.

Today's Question: What's most important to you in selecting a Fire District chief?

Kenneth Craft and Scott Olsen are the two remaining candidates for Boone County Fire District chief. What qualities are most important to you in considering who should lead this department?

The Annie Le media frenzy continues

The media can't get enough of the murder of Annie M. Le. Her story is the perfect storm of pity, class conflict and horrid revelation. 


New baby helps couple make friends, become part of community

A new baby can bring a couple closer to their co-workers and neighbors and make them feel more of a part of their community.

Today's Question: Should Obama have scrapped original plans for missile shield in Europe?

Officials say a new plan for missile defense will better address a changing threat from Iran. Critics say it betrays longtime allies in Europe and caves to pressure from Russia.


Readers board and surveys are routes to improve Missourian

The Missourian continues to look for new avenues to gather reader feedback.

Nothing imitation about crabbiness over lost Walmart seafood counter

When Walmart axed its seafood counter, it lost more than cheap imitation crab meat. It lost a customer.

'Pepper and Friends' comes to an emotional end

The KOMU talk show "Pepper and Friends" aired for the final time on Friday.  Pepper will now appear on KBIA/91.3 FM with a weekday 10-minute segment similar to the television program.

GUEST COMMENTARY: A vow to spend taxpayers' money wisely

Blaine Luetkemeyer says his appointment to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform means he will keep a close eye on how dollars are spent.

Today's Question: Is downtown Columbia too noisy?

Proposed changes to the city noise ordinance would make loud music and yelling illegal between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. if it disturbs the peace of a resident and can be heard from 300 feet away, which is a large increase from the current ordinance's 50 feet.

LETTER: Documents show truth about city's dirty laundry

In a continued argument with George Kennedy, Kurt Albert wonders why would anyone oppose truth in government. Kennedy is accused of hiding readers from the historic and moral truth.

Tariffs on Chinese tires affect the global economy

U.S. economic interactions with China are often felt around the globe.

Mayoral race, Steelman's future, civil liberties up for discussion this week

Between Jerry Wade becoming the first official candidate for mayor, while Sarah Steelman's announces that she won't seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, and the consideration of surveillance cameras downtown, people are talking.

Today's Question: Should City Council reconsider its decision not to install city-owned surveillance cameras downtown?

Keep Columbia Safe, a grass-roots organization led by Adam Taylor's mother Karen Taylor to place surveillance cameras downtown, is trying to collect the 2,579 signatures it needs to place the initiative on the April 2010 ballot.