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?

The Beat: MU football players continue quest for NFL

Columbia Missourian editors Greg Bowers and Jacqui Banaszynski and reporter Andrew Astleford talk about the players' quest for the NFL.

The Beat: Decoding Transportation Development Districts

Reporter Jacob Barker and public life editor Scott Swafford discuss why Columbia residents should care about TDDs.

GUEST COLUMN: Missouri’s court system isn’t broken

A proposed amendment would weaken Missouri's judicial selection process by inserting party politics.

Cricket vs. baseball: Which is the superior sport?

Which is the greater bat-and-ball game? There are many factors to consider in this summer-sporting showdown.

Reporters' patience and hard work yield results for public

Missourian reporters worked on the transportation development districts story for eight months, reviewing about 10,000 pages of documents and interviewing key players.

MU professor faces big hurdles in bid for Sudanese presidency

MU professor Abdullahi Ali Ibrahim is planning to run for president of Sudan in February. Given the brutality of Sudan's current president, Omar al-Bashir, and the many economic and humanitarian issues in the country, Ibrahim will have to make great strides to win the election.

Pray for those you've lost touch with

Maj. K. Kendall Mathews writes about losing selfishness and reconnecting with people from the past.

Today's Question: Are TDDs good ways for developers to fund roads, or should there be more bureaucracy in place to oversee they are not abused?

Over the past three years, Columbia shoppers have paid $8.4 million in sales tax to fund development projects.

Battle over Broadway isn't just for property owners

Even though the changes for western Broadway are some time away, community discussions are being held and sketches of the busy street's solutions are being presented.

Social networking changes concept of conversation

Increased dependence on social networking and technology has diminished the quality of personal relationships.

E-mail hoaxes abound, beware

E-mail pleas and promises of fortune should be cause for warning. Internet hoaxes can be checked at

Today's Question: Is Sen. Specter's party switch a game changer?

Sen. Arlen Specter switched political parties Tuesday from Republican to Democrat. Will the switch make a difference as the president tries to push through his policies? Or is it merely symbolic?

Today's Question: How serious is the swine flu scare?

With the growing amount of reported swine flu cases and deaths in the U.S. and Mexico, should we be worrying about it in mid-Missouri?

Good things happening in Columbia

With a humane society makeover in the works, a record number of volunteers for a Cleanup Columbia event and a successful NFL draft for Mizzou, it's a good time to be living in Columbia.

Today's Question: Is NASCAR doing enough to keep its drivers safe?

NASCAR uses restrictor plates to prevent cars from traveling at unsafe speeds, but an unintended consequence is that cars bunch up in large packs, creating more opportunities for collisions. Do you think NASCAR needs to do more to ensure the safety of its drivers?

Belittling, second-guessing is lazy journalism

Name calling and insults are not becoming to any columnist, no matter his or her political leanings.