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Opinion

LETTER: Missouri Department of Transportation should consider Complete Streets movement

The Complete Streets program, a movement that aims to make streets easier to drive, bike and walk, fell victim to MoDOT's lobbying.

LETTER: Health care overhaul should include more choices

If Medicaid covered home- and community-based services, it would save money and provide better care.

ESPN advertising decisions serve as a reminder for the digital transition

Nike and Glaceau's advertising campaigns for Kobe Bryant and LeBron James show the convergence of the Internet and advertising, but is it blurring the line between content and ads?

Woman-Centric home a house for the whole family

Don't let the name throw you. Yes, the Woman-Centric home's title may be cringe-inducingly outdated, but its innovative design makes it the house of the future for the family of today. 

Using stimulus money for tax cuts would make more 'cents'

Determining which projects and subsidies are most deserving of the funds is a nearly impossible task since politicians can't predict the future. Tax cuts, on the other hand, would have put the money where its guaranteed to do at least some good — in the hands of the people. 

 

LETTER: Support McCaskill's smoking prevention bill

In Missouri, 10,680 people die each year from tobacco-related deaths. Sen. McCaskill is co-sponsoring the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Today's Question: Who should clean up graffiti?

The City Council has been discussing who should be responsible for removing graffiti in Columbia.

Today's Question: Is North Korea an imminent threat?

North Korea reported carrying out its second nuclear test late last month. The U.S. and other countries have condemned it as an act of hostility.

 

Government has become the supreme nanny, both locally and nationally

Each morning as I have coffee with my morning paper, I realize just how lucky I am to have grown up in the era before my government assumed the role of supreme nanny.

Society should change its attitudes about fear, death

Whether it's politicians or terrorists, fear mongering is used too often in our society.

CARTOON: Coming clean about torture

Leonard Griswell's take on the release of interrogation practices.

You can't say that on television


The FCC has the power to make its own regulations regarding indecency in broadcasting, and if left unchecked, it could restrict free speech to the detriment of society.

LETTER: Trapping methane as bioenergy has advantages for farmers, ranchers

Missouri Farmers Union supports cap and trade because farmers can be paid when their farming methods trap carbon in the ground. Mandatory animal identification is a different story.

A love letter for the NYMEX

Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and ... the New York Mercantile Exchange?  Why the NYMEX is now, in a time when all things Wall Street have a bad rap, one of my favorite things.

Today's Question: Finding the future ideal School Board member

What qualities in candidates should the Columbia School Board consider in choosing a replacement for Tippin?

For jailing journalists, Cuba is the little island that can

U.S. media take no notice as the director of an independent Cuban news agency is sent to prison for three years and the Comittee to Protect Journalists reports that 22 journalists are in prison on the island.

International reaction to North Korea's nuclear tests

On Memorial Day, North Korea detonated a nuclear device. Here, four journalists discuss the United Nation's reaction to the nuclear test.

LETTER: Looking at the whole issue of abortion

Anti-abortion activists aren't looking at the whole issue and often neglect to focus on alternatives to abortion.

LETTER: Keep 'Pepper & Friends' on the air

The show has spent years educating and entertaining the community. Please help keep it on the air.

Today's Question: Did GetAbout Columbia put too much money toward advertising and education?

City officials are split on whether GetAbout Columbia is spending enough of the federal grant money on infrastructure.

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