Sedalia School District's educational credibility hangs in the balance

Sedalia School District's choice to remove band shirts reflecting evolution distort logic and categorize scientific theory with religion.

LETTER: Sharrows are not bike lanes

Bicyclists need to share the road without unnecessarily impeding traffic.

Today's question: What qualities would you like to see in a new mayor?

Mayor Darwin Hindman will leave with a legacy that includes contributions to economic development and the parks system.

Senate vacancies leave seats open for power grab

Kennedy's death brings discussion to gubernatorial apointments and special elections. Do these processes uphold democracy?  

Americans' weak sense of civic duty hurts health reform

Those who oppose health care reform don't understand a citizen's civic and moral duty to do what's best for the country as a whole. The lack of empathy springs from the breakup of families, the discontinuation of the military draft and the fact that some schools may not have civics classes anymore.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Students cut out of tailgating discussion

MSA President Jordan Paul details the efforts he and other student organizations made to help keep Reactor Field as a tailgating area.

A defense of Utah

This week, one of many Utahphobes I've met asserted that Utah has nothing to offer. So I decided it was time for a look at what underlies their state of aversion.

LETTER: Tour of Missouri continues to grow in its third year

Nearly half the teams involved in this year's race also raced in the Tour de France.

LETTER: Governor's budget cuts will negatively impact state tourism

The Missouri Department of Economic Development has forced a disproportionate amount of its $11.3 million in budget cuts upon the state's Division of Tourism. Cutting more than a third of the division's budget will reduce the state's ability to advertise itself and also to bring in crucial tourism dollars.

LETTER: If state cuts $7 million from tourism budget, hotel workers will lose jobs

Representatives of Missouri's hotel industry estimate that 2,500 hotel workers would lose their jobs if the Department of Economic Development follows through with $7 million in proposed cuts to the Division of Tourism's budget. .

LETTER: Keeping 'Pepper and Friends' would send responsible statement

KOMU should not be motivated only by a quest for profits and is morally obligated to retain the community-oriented program "Pepper and Friends" because of the services that show provides to central Missouri.

LETTER: 'Cash for Clunkers' was good for taxpayers

'Cash for Clunkers' was a wonderful deal compared to the billions of dollars wasted on unnecessary weapons systems and in Iraq.

Today's Question: Should the police department's finances influence decisions?

The city's budget shortfall is forcing the Columbia Police Department to consider new, more financially-viable policing strategies.

GUEST COLUMNIST: Abusive lawsuits hindering doctors in the field

Lawmakers need to consider tort reform when reworking health care.

LETTER: Keep government out of health care

The government's track record doesn't make it too likely that health care reform will fare better than other agencies.

Today's Question: What else can MU do to adjust to high enrollment?

High overall enrollment led the university to reorganizing the bookstore, housing and class sections.

Upside of pain is that it teaches life lessons

As more and more things are being marketed to protect your children from harm's way, letting them experience pain may be the best form of parenting.

Ramifications of releasing the Lockerbie bomber

The Scottish Justice Secretary's decision to free a member of the Libyan security forces, who was in jail for the murders of 27 people, because he has prostate cancer has sparked debate over whether there was a deal between the British government and Libya to create favorable trade conditions.

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Today's question: What can be done to prevent health care misinformation?

At a town hall meeting Wednesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill tried to dispel rumors about health care legislation. But many attendees said misinformation often comes from politicians, as well as the media and factions from both parties.