Today's Question: Should City Council reconsider its decision not to install city-owned surveillance cameras downtown?

Keep Columbia Safe, a grass-roots organization led by Adam Taylor's mother Karen Taylor to place surveillance cameras downtown, is trying to collect the 2,579 signatures it needs to place the initiative on the April 2010 ballot. 

Journalists need truth, not press releases and fancy sources

Americans in general, and journalists in particular, should devote themselves to the truth, which can be found by digging beyond information presented by press releases and high-ranking officials and following one's gut.

LETTER: America not divided by political groups but by emotions

The greatest division in America today is not between the Democrats and Republicans, nor between people of different race, nor between those who are for or against health reform.

Fallen Marine's photo shows a more human war

The AP photograph that captured a Marine's last moments has stirred national controversy. But the photo is breathtaking and, unlike so many other stories and photographs in the newspaper that day, it was stunningly immediate and emotionally real.

Cheap, easy and adventurous, birding is a great hobby

Birding is a great way to spend time with loved ones or to relax by yourself. With fall migration coming soon, there's no better time to give birding a try.

Today's question: Should the Tour of Missouri continue?

The Tour of Missouri has relied on state support to keep running. But with an unsure future ahead, where will the Tour find funding?

LETTER: Data stored from license-plate scanner should have limits

While the ability to scan license plates could be a useful tool for police officers, the temptation to misuse such technology is high.

When money talks, politicians are too eager to listen

The future of America is about more than the accumulation of money. Today's politicians should take their positions seriously and shift their priorities towards building a nation fit for tomorrow's generations.

Downtown surveillance cameras not an invasion of privacy

Surveillance cameras will reduce dangerous crime, not bother well-behaved citizens.

Today's Question: How should Columbia's new park complex be developed?

Proposed enhancements at A. Perry Philips Park and Gans Creek Recreation Area are up for public discussion again. What additions would you like to see made? What do you think of the current proposals?

The color of politics

Columbia resident Brian Wallstin writes that the opposition of President Barack Obama is often based on race rather than strictly politics. He cites attempts to show that Obama was born in Kenya and the reaction to his presidential school children as examples.

Today's Question: What qualities should Citizens Police Review Board members have?

The city received 49 applications for the Citizens Police Review Board. It's now up to the City Council to choose eight members who will independently monitor police conduct.

The lessons learned from the wedding season

As the wedding-heavy summer season ends, now seems a good moment to reflect on why some ceremonies succeed while others sputter.

LETTER: MU should seek cleaner alternatives for fuel

MU should look at clean, sustainable energy to power the university and protect its interests, which include the students, city and world.

LETTER: Health care debate being run by three opponents

Much of the discussion surrounding health care is being run by the American Medical Association and insurance and drug companies.

Today's question: How do you think Obama handled his health care address?

Obama's address outlined three aspects he wants to see in a plan.

In business and journalism, Frank Batten nurtured hope

Batten helped to define the role of the newspaper in the community. Journalists should follow the example he set in values and vision.

Baucus requirement unfairly targets young people

When trying to start a career, pay off student loans and starting families, health care can be extravagant for young people.

Glory of the open road meets reality

Road trips have given rise to many memories, but their days might be numbered.

Social networking used to spread cyberpropaganda

Governments are using Facebook and blogs to monitor and squelch anti-government sentiment and spread their own talking points.