LETTER: 'Olmstead Decision' keeps those with disabilities within community

June 22 marks the 10th anniversary of an important day in civil rights history. On that day in 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of two Georgia women with developmental disabilities who wanted to be supported in their community, rather than in a state-run institution.

Today's Question: Do you think Iran’s elections were rigged?

The country's election results showed a landslide victory for incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over lead challenger Mir Hussein Moussavi. But Moussavi's supporters claim the election was a fraud, sparking protests in the capital city of Tehran. If the election was legitimate, why is the government cracking down on the protests?

'Fair Tax' deserves a fair shake

The recent "Fair Tax" rally at the Boone County Fairgrounds has left a lot of people considering the removal of income tax as a source of governmental funding. With the economy on the decline, and with income taxes as complicated as they are, maybe the plan is worth a shot.

Today's Question: The youth curfew proposal

Are you in favor of enacting a curfew, or even supporting a daytime curfew during school hours for those younger than 17?

Space race now between U.S., China

Three experts discuss the current space race and the future of space exploration.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is no place for developers

It seems, at least to me, that appointing either of the applicants would be placing, on a body charged with weighing public versus private interests, someone predisposed toward the latter.

Another one rides a bike

Those two-wheeled contraptions can sometimes be a roadside annoyance, but all it takes is an afternoon on a bicycle in downtown Columbia to feel compassion for the plight of cyclists.

Today's Question: What would be the best way to manage Joint Communications?

Zim Schwartze has proposed a series of changes for a "sinking" Public Safety Joint Communications center.

A little debate is a healthy thing

Even though debates with a parent might be frustrating — especially if said parent never concedes — the practice is still a valuable one.  Debate helps to shape and move society forward by encouraging an open exchange of ideas.

Fair Tax Act raises more questions than it answers

A columnist finds himself on unsteady ground when it comes to the hotly debated FairTax.

Raise the bar, leave out the obscenities, vulgarities

We should focus on shelving our vulgarity and filthy speech.

U.S. lacks a nonpolitical unifying voice

The country will not be able to maintain its position of leadership in the world if things continue the way they are going.

Today's Question: City Council passes bicycle harrassment ordinance

On Monday, Columbia's City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that gives legal protection to cyclists. According to the ordinance, anyone who verbally assaults, throws objects at, or endangers a cyclist can be charged with a misdemeanor.

LETTER: Setting record straight on two PedNet programs

Two of PedNet Coalition's programs will not receive any GetAbout funding next school year.  The coalition is currently fundraising to support the 2009-10 Walking School Bus program, which presently has no funding.

The curious power of words

On one level, words seem to be only haphazard combinations of markings, yet the most concrete, practical facts of the world — including those about politics and marriage — remain subject to those blocks of letters. 

Today's Question: Back-in parking proposal

Ash Street between Seventh and Ninth Streets could possibly see its on-street parallel parking spots replaced with back-in parking spots.

Today's Question: Does a consumption tax help or hurt income inequality?

The consumption tax compensates for the increase in sales tax by giving every taxpayer a rebate. Those who are earning below the poverty level — below $20,000 — will not have to pay at the same level as those above. But does it help or hurt income equality?

Citizens deserve their own police review board

A police review board would provide Columbia with a group of people whose diverse backgrounds would help marginalized residents find a voice.

Photos should reflect the truth of the moment

In last month's Missourian, a photo ran that later appeared to be digitally altered. It has since been removed from the newspaper's Web site, but it offers some valuable lessons about scrutinizing photos just as much as the articles themselves.

Iranian, Lebanese and EU elections could result in major transformation

In the past week, both the European Union and Lebanon held significant elections. On Friday, Iran also held its national elections. All three have important implications for the rest of the world.