Bureaucracy proves destructive to common sense

Bureaucracy leads to one size fits all policies, impeading on individual freedoms.

Today's Question: Would you approve of a use tax in Boone County?

Boone County leaders plan to gather an exploratory committee to look at whether a local use tax should be put on the ballot in the future. The use tax could generate more money for the community, but it was voted down by residents twice in the 1990s.

There is no justification for murder

Despite what a person has done in the past, acts of violence and murder are not the solution.

Talking heads replace hip-hop heads as lyricists of our times

The current social commentary of people like Beck, O'Reilly and Limbaugh is similar to the late '80s, early '90s hip-hop social commentary of Public Enemy, Brand Nubian and Queen Latifah.

Today's Question: How should the new members of the Citizens Police Review Board be trained?

The ordinance creating the Citizens Police Review Board is not very specific in its description of training for board members. How do you think they should be trained?

Fort Hood conspiracy theories need critical, questioning receptions

Because the Fort Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is Muslim some people may jump quickly to conspiracy theories.  However judgments are premature because there are no facts at this time to verify any possible motive.

When it comes to the long view, Eddie Cook has it

Eddie Cook has been a part of the Columbia Missourian for 50 years, and that's worth recognizing.

GUEST COMMENTARY: On Veterans Day, remember sacrifices, cemeteries and soldiers

On Veterans Day, people should respect and honor the bravery of those who have served and sacrificed in America's armed forces.

The Beat: Columbia Citizens Police Review Board

Columbia Missourian editor Katherine Reed and reporter Tram Whitehurst joined KBIA's Eric Durban on "The Beat" to discuss the new board.

Today's question: Do you support same-sex partner benefits at MU?

Despite ongoing discussion since the 2008 Mizzou Diversity Summit, there has been no decision made on whether or not MU faculty and staff's insurance packages should be extended to same-sex partners.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's time to end Taser use in Columbia

After two local incidents involving Tasers, in which one resulted in the death of Stanley Harlan, it's finally time to rid Columbia of Tasers.

Looking at Berlin Wall's fall 20 years later

The 20th year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is approaching and festivities are planned to commemorate the day. After all this time has passed, what does Berlin look like?

LETTER: MU should lessen coal usage

MU should take the steps necessary to reduce coal usage and become more energy efficent.

Incompetent usher indicative of careless change to football seating

William Powell describes his first-hand experience with the switch to general admission seating in the student section to accomidate the growing population. He discusses his discontent while attending home MU football games and the instances surrounding them.

Today's Question: How should the FAA's rules concerning pilots' rest, work schedules look?

After the potential fatigue-related February crash near Buffalo, N.Y. that killed 50 people and general concerns about pilots' work loads, the Federal Aviation Administration is looking to update its rules on the rest and work schedules of pilots.

Missouri's system for picking judges isn't broken

The state's non-partisan selection process has worked well for 70 years and is the envy of other states. So why the push to reform it?

New York election may signal rise of third political party

The recent election in New York's 23rd Congressional District shows fissures in the traditional two-party system of American politics. Is now the time for a party to represent the great American middle?

Why we sweat the small stuff

I'm fairly certain that everyone has something to worry about. And no matter what, it's probably not all that good for you.

The Beat: Community college enrollment grows

Columbia Missourian reporters Carla Jimenez and Caitlyn Emmett discuss the recent growth with KBIA's Eric Durban on "The Beat."

The case for an occasional asteroid

The enormous space rock that plummeted through the atmosphere on Oct. 8 brought more than a smoky trail and a massive fireball. It brought perspective.