LETTER: City sidewalks in disrepair

The sidewalks in many portions of the city are badly cracked or completely unnavigable.  The city needs to do something about it for joggers, walkers and citizens in wheelchairs who have no other options.

Cap and trade or cap and trust?

The administration’s glorious augury of “Cap and Trade” act cutting noxious greenhouse gases to the bone while creating millions of “green” jobs is more consistent with imagination and theory than with fact.

Dressing sharp is one way to improve manners

For some of us, as young women, dressing for the occasion was as much a part of the event as our attendance. Making certain that the dress, the shoes and yes, even the makeup was right, was a part of the fun. It’s hard to imagine growing up as a female without this rite of passage.

LETTER: Societal values define the term 'puppy mill'

While the U.S. Department of Agriculture has minimal requirements for dog owners, society sets a higher standard, which leads to the term "puppy mills" for the technically legal but inhumane treatment of dogs.

LETTER: Ordinance will protect cyclists against true harassment

The Pedestrian and Pedaling Network voices its opinion on City Council's June 15 approval of a bicycle harassment ordinance.

The road to Microsoft City, Missouri

We expect to see advertisements in our media, but there’s got to be a line drawn between what space is for rent and what isn’t. The sale of a New York City subway stop seems to bode badly for that line's coordinates.

Today's Question: Nixon vetoes helmet bill

If the state requires motorcyclist to wear helmets, is it unnecessarily infringing on their rights?

Pulling troops out of Iraqi cities

Q&A about what the U.S. is doing to get soldiers out of Iraq.

Making Jesus the homeboy for inner-city youth

The inner-city youth need a presence to guide them, and we can't help them on our own. Only with Jesus as their homeboy will they be led down the right path.

A declaration: Our first freedoms play out in everyday lives

On the day we celebrate our independence, lets also recognize the power of the Consitution and our freedoms, which can be seen each day in the actions of our neighbors.

Fourth of July offers journalists cause to celebrate

The Fourth of July might seem like one giant pyrotechnics display, but it symbolizes a lot more for American journalists.

GUEST COLUMN: Bond issue a good investment for Missouri

Rep. Chris Kelly explains why he thinks a bond issue to raise money for capital improvements is the right step for Missouri to take.

New police chief already winning hearts, minds

Although he's only been in office a short while, Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton has already defused a long-running controversy, made a good impression on City Council and openly supported the idea of a civilian review board.

LETTER: Walmart a wonderful supporter of local charities

Walmart Stores Inc. deserves praise for its charitable donations to local programs such as Meals on Wheels of Columbia.

LETTER: 'Puppy mill' term offensive to responsible breeders

The term "puppy mill," used recently by Attorney General Chris Koster,  is derrogatory and should be removed from vocabulary.  Words should not be used to confuse professional kennels with illegal, unlicensed breeding facilities.

LETTER: Luetkemeyer opts for partisanship over health care reform

Health care premiums are through the roof, and Blaine Luetkemeyer and his staff need to understand how important the issue is to Missouri citizens.

Americans should support Iranian opposition

Americans should question the elections in Iran and show solidarity with the opposition party in accordance with the ideals in the Declaration of Independence.

A life in letters is history repeated

Sometimes it's unclear just how our attitudes evolve as we grow older, but when it comes to novels, revisiting old favorites can inform the ways in which our minds have changed or matured.

Iraqi 'National Sovereignty Day' might be a little premature

Iraq has declared "victory" and is celebrating "National Sovereignty Day" on June 30  in honor of the withdrawal of American troops. However, they might be celebrating a bit too soon.

Today's Question: Who is to blame for Madoff's crimes?

Bernie Madoff, sentenced this week to 150 years in prison, likely stole tens of billions of dollars from investors. Who is to blame for allowing his crime to last so long?