History offers valuable lessons in modern issues of race

The arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates provided proof that conversations on race are still vital and important. It's up to everyone to know their history in order to maintain the discussion and keep others informed.

The news needs novelty

A liger-driven story that recently graced the Missourian's home page might not have been hard news, but it did allow readers to meet one of their most pressing needs: getting a daily dose of novelty. 

Today's Question: Should the public be allowed to speak to the fire chief candidates?

The Boone County Fire Protection District is working to include public opinion in the process for selecting its new fire chief.

Health care’s better Down Under

For an example of universal health care that works, Americans need only look to Australia.

National ID cards could trade privacy for security

Should countries buy into the system of national ID cards? Most people agree that this would enhance security, but it also makes it easier for one's information to be lost or stolen.

Nigeria's troubles not so far away when Columbians are at risk

Students and researchers from Missouri get trapped in vicious fighting in northeastern Nigeria. The risks in writing about them are real, and the decisions aren't simple.

Today's Question: Should raising chickens in the city be allowed?

A group of Columbia residents are pushing the city to loosen its rules on raising chickens.

Do it right now: The other health care proposal

Aside from the “America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009," a second health care reform bill introduced by Representative John Conyers, D-Mich., meets the original premise put forth by candidate Obama of having a single payer healthcare system.

LETTER: American health care not as good as we like to think

In the grand scheme of things, the American health care system is ranked rather poorly

Today's Question: Restructuring city revenue

We've seen what one year of low consumer confidence has done to the city's finances, how should the city keep it from happening again?

Today's Question: Columbia population hits 100,000 mark

The official estimate for Columbia's population has passed 100,000, according to 2008 census data. City commerce leaders weigh in on the effect the growth will have on local businesses.

Health care reform opponents need a reality check

If private enterprise is unable to provide affordable health care to every American, perhaps it should be the business of the government. But we can't just leave it to the richest people to make the decisions, either.

Hard to believe Democrats are getting the job done

Now that the economic stimulus package and the Clean Air and Security Act have passed, it's clear that the Obama administration and Congress are rushing through bills without reading them.

LETTER: Unregulated use of antibiotics in food is dangerous

My question would be why are the chemical corporations protected and subsidized, while the small farmers are harassed and sent to court or trying to save that seeds that are not genetically mutated? And more.

Today's Question: Should we have antibiotics in our food?

As a major pork-producing state, Missouri could be affected by legislation regulating use of antibiotics in food.

LETTER: We need real solutions to health care problem

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer should support Obama's efforts to provide real solutions to America's health care problems.

Understanding Uighur-Han conflict in China's Xinjiang Province

The Han Chinese are trying to assimilate an area in which the Uighurs live. As a result, some Uighurs, a small minority in China, began challenging Han domination.

Do I have to call it tweeting?

The word itself might sound ridiculous, but Twitter has spread and grown into a powerful Web entity. Only time will tell whether it has the kind of staying power to outlast new innovations.

High school journalists learn to be resourceful, assertive

While covering the weak economy for the Urban Pioneer, 16 high school students from six states honed their journalism skills during a 10-day workshop.

Today's Question: What programs should be trimmed in the city's 2010 budget?

With revenues continuing to contract, city leaders will have to find ways to save $1.5 million in next year's budget, according to some estimates. Some programs will inevitably face cuts as the City Council works to pass the budget in September.