A little debate is a healthy thing

Even though debates with a parent might be frustrating — especially if said parent never concedes — the practice is still a valuable one.  Debate helps to shape and move society forward by encouraging an open exchange of ideas.

Fair Tax Act raises more questions than it answers

A columnist finds himself on unsteady ground when it comes to the hotly debated FairTax.

Raise the bar, leave out the obscenities, vulgarities

We should focus on shelving our vulgarity and filthy speech.

U.S. lacks a nonpolitical unifying voice

The country will not be able to maintain its position of leadership in the world if things continue the way they are going.

Today's Question: City Council passes bicycle harrassment ordinance

On Monday, Columbia's City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that gives legal protection to cyclists. According to the ordinance, anyone who verbally assaults, throws objects at, or endangers a cyclist can be charged with a misdemeanor.

LETTER: Setting record straight on two PedNet programs

Two of PedNet Coalition's programs will not receive any GetAbout funding next school year.  The coalition is currently fundraising to support the 2009-10 Walking School Bus program, which presently has no funding.

The curious power of words

On one level, words seem to be only haphazard combinations of markings, yet the most concrete, practical facts of the world — including those about politics and marriage — remain subject to those blocks of letters. 

Today's Question: Back-in parking proposal

Ash Street between Seventh and Ninth Streets could possibly see its on-street parallel parking spots replaced with back-in parking spots.

Today's Question: Does a consumption tax help or hurt income inequality?

The consumption tax compensates for the increase in sales tax by giving every taxpayer a rebate. Those who are earning below the poverty level — below $20,000 — will not have to pay at the same level as those above. But does it help or hurt income equality?

Citizens deserve their own police review board

A police review board would provide Columbia with a group of people whose diverse backgrounds would help marginalized residents find a voice.

Photos should reflect the truth of the moment

In last month's Missourian, a photo ran that later appeared to be digitally altered. It has since been removed from the newspaper's Web site, but it offers some valuable lessons about scrutinizing photos just as much as the articles themselves.

Iranian, Lebanese and EU elections could result in major transformation

In the past week, both the European Union and Lebanon held significant elections. On Friday, Iran also held its national elections. All three have important implications for the rest of the world.

It's time to bring Columbia back to economic equilibrium

The statistics show the U.S. economy is sinking, and the citizens of Boone County are feeling its effect.  It's time for local regulators and associations to devise a plan to bring Columbia back to equilibrium.

LETTER: Congress abandons Obama's clean energy jobs promise

By abandoning these promises, integral parts of the Clean Air Act have been repealed.

CARTOON: Supreme Court Gladiators

Leonard Griswell's take on Judge Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.

LETTER: 'Fair Tax' not all it's advertised to be

A "Fair Tax" rally will be held at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday. If approved by the legislature, Missouri could be the first state to have a fair tax in place.

GUEST COLUMN: West Broadway plan a folly of Titanic proportions

Did City Council want to show off the painted GetAbout Columbia paths and love of a parkway, or did it want to create a workable street where cars and bikes and residents can coexist in harmony?  If it was the latter, it has certainly failed miserably.

Today's Question: The conversion to digital TV

Should the government have been more active in making sure the public knew of the switch to digital TV?

Every citizen has the power to lead

President Obama is the commander in chief of the United States, but he's not its only leader.  All citizens have a responsibility to keep themselves informed and stay active in order to lead the country toward a better future.

Today's Question: 'Pay as you throw' proposal for garbage collection

Is "pay as you throw" the best method for dealing with excess garbage in Columbia?