LETTER: Individual, not group, filed early voting petition

Membership in the League of Women Voters had no bearing on the decision to file the petition.

Integrity needs to return to college athletics

College athletics have been plagued by scandal and misconduct, but returning to a focus on integrity and freshman academics could bring order back to the field.

Today's Question: What's most important to you in preserving the MKT Trail?

The city plans to replace two deteriorating bridges along the MKT Trail, largely using money from a park sales tax designed to fund such projects. Do you think the city is handling this issue well?

Why'd Nixon hire Internet consultant? Because Missouri needs his help

Why did Nixon hire a consultant to secure stimulus funds for rural Internet? Because there's a clear need for expanded broadband access in Missouri, and the consultant's proven he can get the job done.

Today's Question: Should President Obama have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

The Nobel Peace Prize has traditionally been awarded for the winner’s accomplishments, though in this case it seemed to be based more on President Obama’s potential to influence world events. He took office 12 days before the Nobel committee's nomination deadline in February.

Frivolous distractions prevent us from solving real issues

We're easily distracted and because of this, many opportunities to create change have passed by.

Today's question: Would you support early voting in Missouri?

A new petition is circulating that aims to put an initiative to allow early voting on the November 2010 ballot.  If the initiative passes, voters would be allowed to vote before Election Day.

Journalists urged to use caution when reporting suicides

Suicide is a delicate issue —but one that will continue to be reported on. The Missourian's policy on running suicides, which was put in place long ago, comes down to the public element.

Celebrating Columbus Day fails to properly honor history

Imagine the roads this nation and the world could have taken if someone else were credited with discovering North America. The possibilities are endless.

H1N1 preparedness varies throughout the world

Some countries are more prepared, or even over-prepared, to deal with the H1N1 virus than some of their third world counterparts. Many people are concerned that vaccine supplies will not be adequate.

LETTER: Baseball playoff series should be decided in one game, tennis-style

For business reasons, Major League Baseball should switch to one-game playoffs decided tennis-style, in which the first team to outscore their opponent in five total innings wins the game.

Columbia's historic properties are on their last legs

The Tiger Hotel, the Heibel-March building and the YouZeum are all historic. Unfortunately, it looks like two of the three may also become history.

Ground beef regulation sickening, in need of reform

An investigation done by a reporter for The New York Times shows that testing for E. coli can be lax — and little is being done about it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Catholic principles should be applied to health care reform

With Catholic hospitals providing such a large percentage of medical care, the voice of the Catholic Church should be heard in the health care debate.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Columbia deserves the best in city government

Kurt Albert, a Columbia resident, explains the need for a city ordinance that would stop staff deception in the local government.

LETTER: Politicians named 'Nixon' seem to always deceive the public

By refusing to come clean about when his office learned about the E. coli levels at the Lake of the Ozarks, Governor Jay Nixon is living up to the name that former President Nixon degraded.

LETTER: Current health care system prevents many from getting care

Many Americans live without health insurance, and even more are close to losing it.

LETTER: It's time for MU to lessen its use of coal

Coal is an incredibly dirty and polluting source of energy, and according to the World Coal Institute, the use of coal will increase by 60 percent in the next 20 years.

LETTER: Coal's price tag is not cheap

Replacing coal as a power source is essential to protecting the health of our community.

Today's Question: Now ranked, is Missouri football under more pressure?

Missouri football is now ranked No. 24 in the AP Poll and No. 18 in the Coaches' Poll. Do those rankings put the Tigers under more pressure with the Nebraska game looming?