Big news comes in small packages with the neighborhood newsletter project

Missourian's Neighborhood Newsletters has been fairly successful so far — e-mail newsletters are now delivered to 10 neighborhoods, and almost 1,000 people have subscribed.

Catching the big one: Casting a line for the Lord's love

Let’s follow the example of Christ and bait the hook of God’s promises and trust Him to make the big catch of that lost and wandering fish. So, the next time you feel like a big fish in a little pond, remember, God has the right bait to catch to put you out and give you just what you need to face to challenges of today.

Today's Question: Government involvement in GM

Despite President Barack Obama's assertions that he wants to stay out of the auto industry, GM's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy would give the government a 60 percent stake in the American industrial giant.

GM, automaker crisis shakes world's economies

Now that General Motors and Chrysler have filed for bankruptcy, restructuring the American automobile industry may be necessary to re-establish supremacy in the market.

Proposed Columbia city ordinance would deal with graffiti problem

 Laura Nauser's proposed city ordinance fills in the gaps in the current ordinance by defining and outlawing graffiti. It would also set up a fund so property owners don't have to fix the damage themselves. The next step is to prevent kids from property destruction in the first place, by giving them opportunities through economic development.

Sotomayor political circus pulls into D.C.

 It isn't the "greatest show on earth," but expect lots of flamboyant promotion, unnecessary acrobatics and sleight of hand from the media.

Not much to show from GetAbout funds that benefits bicyclists, walkers

There's a nice new sign at the entrance of the MKT Trail, for instance, but how does that increase safety pedestrians and bicyclists?

LETTER: Missouri Department of Transportation should consider Complete Streets movement

The Complete Streets program, a movement that aims to make streets easier to drive, bike and walk, fell victim to MoDOT's lobbying.

LETTER: Health care overhaul should include more choices

If Medicaid covered home- and community-based services, it would save money and provide better care.

ESPN advertising decisions serve as a reminder for the digital transition

Nike and Glaceau's advertising campaigns for Kobe Bryant and LeBron James show the convergence of the Internet and advertising, but is it blurring the line between content and ads?

Woman-Centric home a house for the whole family

Don't let the name throw you. Yes, the Woman-Centric home's title may be cringe-inducingly outdated, but its innovative design makes it the house of the future for the family of today. 

Using stimulus money for tax cuts would make more 'cents'

Determining which projects and subsidies are most deserving of the funds is a nearly impossible task since politicians can't predict the future. Tax cuts, on the other hand, would have put the money where its guaranteed to do at least some good — in the hands of the people. 


LETTER: Support McCaskill's smoking prevention bill

In Missouri, 10,680 people die each year from tobacco-related deaths. Sen. McCaskill is co-sponsoring the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Today's Question: Who should clean up graffiti?

The City Council has been discussing who should be responsible for removing graffiti in Columbia.

Today's Question: Is North Korea an imminent threat?

North Korea reported carrying out its second nuclear test late last month. The U.S. and other countries have condemned it as an act of hostility.


Government has become the supreme nanny, both locally and nationally

Each morning as I have coffee with my morning paper, I realize just how lucky I am to have grown up in the era before my government assumed the role of supreme nanny.

Society should change its attitudes about fear, death

Whether it's politicians or terrorists, fear mongering is used too often in our society.

CARTOON: Coming clean about torture

Leonard Griswell's take on the release of interrogation practices.

You can't say that on television

The FCC has the power to make its own regulations regarding indecency in broadcasting, and if left unchecked, it could restrict free speech to the detriment of society.

LETTER: Trapping methane as bioenergy has advantages for farmers, ranchers

Missouri Farmers Union supports cap and trade because farmers can be paid when their farming methods trap carbon in the ground. Mandatory animal identification is a different story.