If you want your voice heard, participate

You have a voice. It's time to start using it and participate before you hear about a new law passed and signed by the governor.

LETTER: Luetkemeyer should've voted for health care reform

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer did not support House Resolution 3962. He should listen more to his constituents rather than the insurance industry.

Today's question: How should Twitter be used by media during breaking news?

Twitter helped the spread of incorrect information during the hostage scare in Jefferson City on Tuesday. What should or shouldn't media organizations do when it comes to using Twitter as a source for breaking news?

Health care reform compromises hinder women's access to elective abortions

The health care reform bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives would not allow federal subsidies for health insurance plans that cover elective abortions.

Caribou brings Columbia coffee scene a shot of northern charm

When Columbia's newest HyVee opened this week, the real news for local Minnesota transplants was the Caribou Coffee outlet that came along with it.

Today's Question: How effective are term limits?

An Associated Press analysis estimates that term limits have cost the state as much as half a million dollars, which is the tab for special elections held to replace legislators who left early to take other jobs.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Take time to talk to a veteran today

There is an incredible amount to learn from our country's veterans. Historically, we have manuscripts, tapes and film, but we must also treasure our living veterans. Take the time today to thank a veteran.

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.