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Today's Question: Teacher salary debate likely to heat up again

Interim superintendent Jim Ritter is asking for a 1 percent raise for teachers, even as the district might need to borrow money to meet payroll. Should the Columbia Public Schools approve a raise for teachers if the district might have to borrow money to pay for the increase?

Reader's response to gun column inaccurate

Writer at conspiracy Web site uses inaccurate research.

LETTER: Missouri schools need physical education to combat childhood obesity

Even though research shows that healthy children learn more effectively, some Missouri schools are decreasing the amount of time students spend in PE class.

Obama says progress made in war in Afghanistan

Is President Obama's decision to continue the war in Afghanistan a wise choice?

Columbia Tomorrow creates a 'living story' on growth and development

Columbia Tomorrow, a site about development in Columbia, was developed to keep residents in the know about decisions that affect the way we live in mid-Missouri.

The legislature is like the Kentucky Derby: high stakes, inevitable disappointment

The Missouri General Assembly is facing a budget deadline, but it seems like more of a horse race than a functioning legislature.

Today's Question: Is Missouri spending its $300 million effectively?

The Missouri House passed projects for receiving some of the $300 million in federal stimulus across the state. Among the projects approved was money for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and MU hospitals. Do you think the General Assembly is allocating the stimulus money effectively? Are you happy with what Columbia looks to receive from the package?

Missouri legislators have little to show so far

As the state legislative session winds down, only a very small percentage of more than 1,800 proposed bills have been "Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed." There are way too many bills introduced to get to all of them.

The Beat: American Copy Editors Society holds conference

Columbia Missourian assistant news editors Katie Walley and Pam Cohen talk about what they learned at the conference.

LETTER: Fair Tax offers simplicity, helps low-income people

The Obama administration should reconsider its tax code proposal and instead adopt the Fair Tax Act, which would be fairer to low-income people and bring trillions of dollars of offshore capital back to the U.S.

Celebrate National Pet Week

It’s National Pet Week and the 94th annual Be Kind to Animals Week, a little reminder to stop and think about how your pet enriches your life. And for those who don’t have a furry companion, it's a good chance for you to think about whether you are at that point in your life where you can adopt a new member into the family.

GUEST COLUMN: Requiring voter ID will do more harm than good

In the midst of a budget crunch, Missouri lawmakers have bigger things to worry about than changing the state Constitution to disenfranchise thousands of voters. The rights of all citizens should be protected, not just those with state IDs.

Today's Question: MU quarterback arrested, suspended from team

MU freshman quarterback Blaine Dalton, 18, was recently arrested after Columbia police found him in possession of prescription pills during a traffic stop. He was suspended from the team indefinitely after the arrest. Are you pleased with how the MU football staff is handling Dalton's situation? Is there a larger discipline problem on the team that the staff is failing to address?

Today's Question: Is extending Stadium worth the money?

After years of research and discourse, the Missouri Department of Transportation has decided on a "preferred alternative" for its proposed extension of Stadium Boulevard. The chosen alternative calls for extending Stadium east of U.S. 63 to the Lake of the Woods interchange at Interstate 70 and St. Charles Road. The plan would also extend Ballenger Lane and widen Broadway as far east as Olivet Road.

Voter ID necessary for fair elections

Requiring a form of photo ID would not be the disenfranchisement some want you to believe it is. Better yet, it would prevent fraud.

LETTER: Disabled voters should be allowed to get voter IDs

Disabled people should be allowed to get voter IDs.

LETTER: No reason to deny 21-year-olds from concealed carry

There is no reason to believe that 21-year-olds who go through the required training and background checks to obtain a concealed carry permit will pose any greater threat on campus than they would anywhere else.

The Beat: Hickman and Rock Bridge High School elections

Columbia Missourian reporters Joshua Nichol-Caddy and Kaity Kerwin talk about the importance of the elections and the results.

LETTER: Conceal-and-carry on Missouri campuses would increase safety

Concealed carry opponents seem to have a difficult time separating the good guys from the bad guys and simply assume that all those who carry a gun do so for nefarious reasons.

Today's Question: Bike, Walk & Wheel Week under way

Columbia's annual Bike, Walk & Wheel Week is under way. Are you are able to bike, walk or otherwise wheel your way to work or other frequent destinations in Columbia if you choose to do so? If not, why?

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