Today's question: How effective was the 'cash for clunkers' program?

Car dealerships in Columbia found the program increased car sales — but they also said the rules could be confusing and difficult to navigate.

Lithium is the key to powering a new generation of automobiles 

Bolivia is in the process of building its first lithium plant, giving it the opportunity to dominate the lithium-battery market.

Obama Power must deliver as promised

The Obama administration needs to demonstrate that it can bring about the hope and change promised during the campaign.

Few willing or able to change irresponsible youth culture

Teen pregnancy, high-school dropout rates and other indicators of an unrestained youth culture may foretell America's slide into dicatorship and Third World status. Unless attitudes change it won't be easy to alter the course.

LETTER: Surveillance cameras are not the answer

City Councilman contends cameras are fine in high-risk public areas but are an invasion of privacy in general public areas.

LETTER: Americans unaware of costs of nationalized health care

The middle-class will bear the brunt of the cost for health care reform, but do these Americans really know what they are getting into?

Today's Question: Should red light camera tickets result in points on your record?

Two cameras, located at Stadium Boulevard and Worley Street and Providence Road and Broadway, will begin charging drivers a $120 fine and 2-point penalties staring Sept. 3.

LETTER: Correcting some mistakes about Hearnes' legacy

Gov. Warren Hearnes was not the first governor to be re-elected in Missouri. He was the first one re-elected to a second consecutive four year term.

LETTER: Shame on the community for not supporting 'Pepper & Friends'

A member of the Columbia community protested the cancellation of the show "Pepper & Friends" on KOMU and expressed doubt as to whether the cancellation was truly due to lack of funds.

Today's Question: How can students save money on books?

Paying for college doesn't just stop at tuition— textbooks often cost students hundreds of dollars. However, there are several choices available to save money this semester.

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.