Rock music didn't hurt mommy, so how can it hurt the baby?

Despite the fussing and fretting of certain parenting magazines, I'm not going to shelter my infant son from the heavy metal music I grew up with. After all, it's not the music that makes a child an angel or a hellion; it's the parenting.

LETTER: Answer to crime problem is to stop it before it happens

We are living in a time where parents are too distracted to provide moral guidance to their children. Crime occurs because of a lack of moral training. We must turn off televisions, computers and cell phones and work to make changes that will reduce crime and improve life.

Today's Question: Do you agree with increasing troop levels in Afghanistan?

On Monday, a Washington Post article detailed what Obama will do next in an effort to help stabilize Afghanistan and eventually allow the military to leave the area. The decision will send 34,000 troops to Afghanistan to bring the total number to 100,000.

No good reason to try Mohammed in civilian court

Why prosecute some enemy combatants in military court and others in civilian court?

Who is in charge? Therein lies the problem

Freedom of choice to do anything we may want to do without the disadvantage of having a lot of rules and regulation may be fun, but obviously it’s not the ideal system for making living together in peace easy.

COLUMN: Mom never forgot that cup of tea from the Salvation Army

During World War II, while Mother was a member of the Royal Air Force, her troupe received tea and biscuits from the Salvation Army when they landed in Northern Africa.

Today's Question: What do you think about the police department removing its detective from the Internet Crimes Task Force?

The Columbia Police Department has recently had to cut several programs for budget reasons. In October, for example, the department removed one of its detectives from the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force.

LETTER: Webber, Still should support medical marijuana

As representatives of the people of Columbia who voted in support of medicial marijuana, Reps. Stephen Webber and Mary Still should support it.

We don't need another payday loan business in Columbia

The Columbia City Council's six-month moratorium on the opening of new payday lending outlets is a good start, but must be followed up by regulations that rein in the excesses of these businesses.

Today's question: Should Nixon work to insure more Missouri children?

Although Gov. Nixon announced in his State of the State speech that he wanted to cover more children with health insurance, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that Nixon has resisted a proposal that would immediately cover many Missouri children.

Clarifying the positions of patients, advocates in the breast cancer screening debate

It wouldn't have been clear to readers what the patient's position in the debate actually was but it was clear about the oncologist's role.

Today's Question: How much will you spend on the holidays this year?

Industry surveys predict that sales will be about the same this year as they were in 2009.

In memoriam of those turkeys who came before

While families watch football, eat cranberry sauce and carry out other traditions together, think of the bird who died to make the day possible.

Today's question: What are you thankful for?

There have been a number of positive stories in Columbia this year for which to give thanks.

A salesman's six easy tips for smart holiday shopping

Take it from someone who once sold a $2.95 warranty on a $6.95 purchase — you don't need everything a salesperson may try to sell you.

Today's Question: What should the school board prioritize in new high school construction?

What should be the school board's emphasis with building Columbia's new public high school? Is it more important to find the cheapest overall price tag, or reserve the ability to leave the most jobs for local residents?

Regarding unemployment, government must get back to economic basics

As legislators debate whether to increase the role of government in health care, the economy, over which it has established oversight, languishes.

Thanksgiving traditions unable to stand test of time, technology

Distance between family members makes the holidays less family-oriented.

Today's Question: How can the Columbia Police Department put its new training facility to best use?

The Columbia Police Department last week unveiled its new 9,500-square-foot training facility, opening up new possibilities for how the department trains its officers. What are some ways you think the facility should be used?

Cancer leaves us tongue-tied — or worse

Sometimes, when we try to talk about cancer we say the wrong thing. "How can I help?" may be the best four words, one cancer patient said.