How journalism turned me into a liberal

How a Facebook-inspired trip through my past helped me understand my journey from indifferent Air Force serviceman to liberal journalist.

Today's Question: Should the U.S. commit more troops to Afghanistan?

The top military commander in Afghanistan has warned that without additional troops the U.S. mission "will likely result in failure." President Obama is now considering what the strategy should be for Afghanistan and how many troops that will require.

Nothing like youth to remind me I’m not young(er)

In the nine months since my return to the Wi-Fi’d halls of higher education, it’s hard to pinpoint when that reality first intruded. Whatever the drawbacks of being surrounded  by young people, they also make worthwhile companions.

World matters fill Obama's schedule

Obama talks about the environment with China, nonproliferation with Russia and peace with Israel and Palestine.

Today's question: What is your seating experience at Missouri football games?

The general admission student section at Missouri football games has caused problems for students and longtime fans alike.

Multimedia can help readers cut to the chase

When newspapers include video and audio, readers can find what they need faster.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Disagreeing with Obama does not equal racism

One should be able to disagree with President Obama's politics without being called a racist.

DNR's initial-laden language clouds understanding of Hinkson Creek

The comments came from city and county planners who sounded confused but cooperative, a couple of citizens who live by the creek also sounded confused but eager for solutions, and Donnie Stamper, speaking for the developers, sounded confused but skeptical.

If you sense a theme here, you’re not alone. I spent much of the evening confused.

Loss of civility in politics means a loss of discussion

I wanted to leave the discussions of the language of discontent in my classrooms and not this column. I cannot.

Today's Question: Is creating a Neighborhood Services Office the best way for the city to enforce rental codes?


$732,067 of Columbia's budget will go to the newly formed Office of Neighborhood Services in order to improvement enforcement of rental codes.

LETTER: Coal generation is destructive to the environment

Fortunately, we can eliminate coal and continue to power the country. MU is already accomplishing great things to phase out coal and lead the way into the clean energy future responsibly, but it should strive to be a national leader.

Got a secret? Not on the Internet

In the era of the Internet, secrets are no longer secret. Numerous websites have emerged allowing people to submit their most private thoughts. But what is the appeal of anonymous secret-telling?

News biases make good business but bad journalism

The confusion of journalism with commentary has caused some to distrust journalism.

Today's Question: What excites you about Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ this year?

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ has become a staple of Columbia. Residents and visitors look forward to this time of the year. Starting this year, there's new addition to the event: admission.

Haters do all they can to keep others down

Until citizens are accepting of people other than the typical white, heterosexual male, there will a damper on the amount of acceptance and progress in the country.

A call for civility in politics: Where have you been?

Joe Wilson's behavior wasn't appropriate and this sudden clamor for more polite discourse is welcome, but Democrats weren't examples of civility during the Bush years.

Today's Question: What's most important to you in selecting a Fire District chief?

Kenneth Craft and Scott Olsen are the two remaining candidates for Boone County Fire District chief. What qualities are most important to you in considering who should lead this department?

The Annie Le media frenzy continues

The media can't get enough of the murder of Annie M. Le. Her story is the perfect storm of pity, class conflict and horrid revelation. 


New baby helps couple make friends, become part of community

A new baby can bring a couple closer to their co-workers and neighbors and make them feel more of a part of their community.

Today's Question: Should Obama have scrapped original plans for missile shield in Europe?

Officials say a new plan for missile defense will better address a changing threat from Iran. Critics say it betrays longtime allies in Europe and caves to pressure from Russia.