Today's Question: How can Missouri laws change to more effectively deal with drunken driving?

Gov. Nixon announced Monday that the Missouri legislature would reform the state's DWI laws by spring.

Fear and loathing over the Patriot Act

A provision to the USA Patriot Act is up for renewal that allows the FBI to access to personal data, a violation of the Fourth Amendment. Hunter S. Thompson had it right when he founded the Fourth Amendment Foundation to preserve the Constitution. Let's take up the cause.

LETTER: A look at why stormwater flow creates problems for Hinkson Creek

Stormwater flow creates levels of problems for Hinkson Creek.

The Beat: Chris Belcher's first 100 days as school superintendent

Columbia Missourian education editor Liz Brixey and reporter Hayley Tsukayama take a look at Chris Belcher's early days in office in audio interview.

If Obama gets a Nobel ... then maybe other dreams can come true, too

The Nobel Foundation probably jumped the gun in awarding the Peace Prize to President Barack Obama, but, maybe it's a sign that other hard-sought goals could be accommodated on a short track, too.

Sending more troops to Afghanistan might cause loss of goodwill

Public opinion is what brought the Korean and Vietnam wars to an end, and this might happen with the war in Afghanistan. Our president and those in Congress who support this war might be looking for new jobs if they go against public opinion.

Today's question: What do you think about the proposed 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal?

President Barack Obama has called for the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell," a policy that allows homosexuals to serve in the military as long as they don't disclose their sexual orientation. Now under increasing pressure to act, Congress might be gearing up to tackle the issue.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Our hand to play is our challenge

LETTER: Individual, not group, filed early voting petition

Membership in the League of Women Voters had no bearing on the decision to file the petition.

Integrity needs to return to college athletics

College athletics have been plagued by scandal and misconduct, but returning to a focus on integrity and freshman academics could bring order back to the field.

Today's Question: What's most important to you in preserving the MKT Trail?

The city plans to replace two deteriorating bridges along the MKT Trail, largely using money from a park sales tax designed to fund such projects. Do you think the city is handling this issue well?

Why'd Nixon hire Internet consultant? Because Missouri needs his help

Why did Nixon hire a consultant to secure stimulus funds for rural Internet? Because there's a clear need for expanded broadband access in Missouri, and the consultant's proven he can get the job done.

Today's Question: Should President Obama have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

The Nobel Peace Prize has traditionally been awarded for the winner’s accomplishments, though in this case it seemed to be based more on President Obama’s potential to influence world events. He took office 12 days before the Nobel committee's nomination deadline in February.

Frivolous distractions prevent us from solving real issues

We're easily distracted and because of this, many opportunities to create change have passed by.

Today's question: Would you support early voting in Missouri?

A new petition is circulating that aims to put an initiative to allow early voting on the November 2010 ballot.  If the initiative passes, voters would be allowed to vote before Election Day.

Journalists urged to use caution when reporting suicides

Suicide is a delicate issue —but one that will continue to be reported on. The Missourian's policy on running suicides, which was put in place long ago, comes down to the public element.

Celebrating Columbus Day fails to properly honor history

Imagine the roads this nation and the world could have taken if someone else were credited with discovering North America. The possibilities are endless.

H1N1 preparedness varies throughout the world

Some countries are more prepared, or even over-prepared, to deal with the H1N1 virus than some of their third world counterparts. Many people are concerned that vaccine supplies will not be adequate.

LETTER: Baseball playoff series should be decided in one game, tennis-style

For business reasons, Major League Baseball should switch to one-game playoffs decided tennis-style, in which the first team to outscore their opponent in five total innings wins the game.

Columbia's historic properties are on their last legs

The Tiger Hotel, the Heibel-March building and the YouZeum are all historic. Unfortunately, it looks like two of the three may also become history.