Religion should monitor crime, not the government

Instead of the government tracking criminals, religious institutions should hold people accountable for their actions.

LETTER: Most doctors favor public health care option

The majority of doctors and Americans favor a public insurance option in the health care reform bill.

Women's fashion magazines are evil, yet impossible to resist

Despite their dubious commerical ethics and unattainable standards of feminine beauty, glossy women's fashion magazines keep sucking me back in.

Today's Question: Should fire chief candidate's sons' arrests affect hire?

Fire chief candidate Kenneth Craft Jr.'s two sons have arrest records in Lee County, Fla. Kenneth M. “Casey” Craft III, then 17, was arrested in March 2004 on suspicion of burglary and theft, and Corey Craft, 19, was arrested April 7 on suspicion of five counts of third-degree theft.

'Knock Out King' participant Williams doesn't deserve 12-year sentence

Charles Williams III will be sentenced Friday. The jury that convicted him of second-degree robbery suggested 12 years, but Judge Kevin Crane can and should send the teen to jail for a shorter period of time. When you remove emotion from the equation, it becomes clear that the suggested punishment doesn't fit Williams' crime.

Women are qualified to bring a return to civility

History contains many examples of women being the force behind change. Perhaps it's time for women to follow history's footsteps and lead the campaign to return to civility.

Limbaugh undeservedly banned from Rams purchase

Limbaugh is a controversial figure but should not be banned from NFL business deals.

Yes EU can: Why Americans should understand the European Union

At a time when Barack Obama is preparing for his administration's first summit with the EU, it's important to remember just how tightly America's prosperity is tied to that of our neighbors across the Atlantic, and what a significant role they play in the global economy.

The Beat: Addressing MU faculty concerns

Columbia Missourian reporter Ben Wieder talks about issues facing the university and the upcoming faculty meeting with Chancellor Brady Deaton.

Today's Question: Must a threat be 'imminent' to justify deadly force as self-defense?

William Clinch said he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his former brother-in-law. His trial this week revolves around the imminence of the threat he perceived.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress should give public a chance to read bills in advance

Major bills should be open to public review prior to being voted on in the House of Representatives.

DEAR READER: Meet the members of the Readers Board

The Columbia Missourian has formed a Readers Board to help improve the paper through public feedback from the 10 community members.

The Beat: Inside the top 10 things you didn't know about MU football opponents

Columbia Missourian sports editor, and avid ukulele player, Greg Bowers and reporter Robert Mays talk about how the list is created. Bowers lent his ukulele skills for the closing music of today's show.

LETTER: Health care debate much more complex than reported

Roland Meinert's guest column earlier this week leaves out several useful pieces of information.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Gender politics play out in Caster Semenya controversy

The newly discovered intersex anatomy of South African runner Caster Semenya opens up a floodgate of critique, some deeply rooted in gender prejudice.

U.S. spread thin in Mideast, south Asian conflicts

As more attacks further destabilize Pakistan, President Barack Obama must consider whether to send more troops to Afghanistan.

Today's Question: How would your ideal health care bill look?

The Senate Finance Committee approved a 10-year, $829 billion plan to overhaul the country's health care system Tuesday. However, this is just one of the proposals concerning health care reform. The final plan might look very different than this one.

Cuts won't produce 'world-class education'

MU's financial dilemmas balance out its world-class aspirations.

The Beat: Columbia's downtown noise ordinance is up for change

Columbia Missourian editor Scott Swafford and reporter James Patrick Schmidt talk about the issue and the proposed changes.

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.