The downside to awesome 3D laser-mapping

Mount Rushmore is set to be digitally preserved by laser-mapping this fall, and the results will be public. It's a good idea that comes with a little drawback: The availability of the nifty 3D-model somewhat devalues visiting the place in the flesh.

Columbia's cyclist harassment law fixes phantom problem, creates real ones

The City Council's choice to expand rather than suspend a law intended to protect cyclists from harassment shows a lack of common sense. Most Columbians, cyclists and motorists alike, are reasonable people, and the ordinance will only serve to sow animosity where none existed before.

The Music Suite 'only' wants an accurate accounting

Afghanistan election goes on despite war

The widening war will be the main influence in the country, regardless of who wins the election.

LETTER: Health care overhaul overshadowed by misinformation

Health care for women shouldn't be lost in the myths of health care reform.

Police should follow Sunshine Act, provide Taser records

The Coalition to Control Tasers has requested documents but consistently encountered delays, incomplete reports and high charges.

Today's Question: How much sway should the homeowners association have over the Vanderveen Crossing covenants?

The Vanderveen Crossing Homeowners Association is suing residents Heather and Taylor Linneman for running a day care out of their home, which the association claims violates neighborhood covenants. But the neighborhood developer told the Linnemans he had the final say on covenants, and gave the Linnemans consent to run their business.

State Fair chases away summer doldrums — at least for a little while

Where else can you find so much to do for just $6 (the prices for seniors to get in)?

Today's Question: How can the city slow traffic in residential areas like Alexander Avenue?

Residents along Alexander are not convinced that the speed bumps are doing any good. What else can be done?

Local readers should not be left unaware of state events

Two stories concerning central Missouri were missed, which illustrates how newspapers have become too small for their audiences, who deserve in-depth reporting on state situations that could affect them.

LETTER: Government insults veterans, dissenters

Disagreements with health care plans does not make someone un-American.

Today's 20-somethings have reason to envy the '60s

Today is just at gritty as the 1960s, but the combination of innocence, hope and optimism is something the current generation of young people lack.

Today's Question: Is it a good idea to lower speed limits?

What started as an experiment in the Rothwell Heights and Shepard Boulevard neighborhoods — the limit was lowered from 30 to 25 mph — will now be implemented in all residential areas.

Climate engineering: a contentious solution

Scientists might be able to cool the planet through climate engineering, but are the risks worth the reward?

Today's Question: How should the city deal with coming retirements?

More than half of the city's roughly 200 supervisor-level employees are expected to reach retirement age in the next five years.

Hate speech turns into hateful actions

Whether the topic is abortion, racism or health care reform, hate speech can lead to illegal and immoral actions among fringe groups, adding to the caustic atmosphere of debate in America.

Health care needs reform, not overhaul

The debate over health care reform is becoming more about playing politics than actually looking at the facts. But do we even need to fix a system that might not be broken?

LETTER: When it comes to health care, don't believe everything you read online

Rep. Sam Graves did little to dispel Internet rumors and misinformaiton circulating about health care reform.

Today's Question: What steps should police take to maintain control at MU football games?

Parking and alcohol violations are two problem areas for police every football season. What can be done this year to put less stress on law enforcement?

Outlawing drinking gear won't stop rowdy rafters

A bill outlawing the use of some drinking paraphernalia on rivers got stuck in committee last session, but most of its measures passed as an amendment of another bill. As the floating season ends, now seems a good time to reflect on the new rules — and why it seems unlikely that they'll stop rowdy rafters next year.