A town without a newspaper

The loss of my hometown paper, the Ann Arbor News, leaves the town completely without a newspaper, and its online replacement,, has no news hierarchy and confuses readers.

Legislative recess, elementary style

Considering all the infighting that goes on in Congress these days, people often liken our congresspersons to a bunch of bickering children. Sometimes, it's fun to imagine if they actually were.

Will civil unrest at town hall meetings produce policy change?

With a large portion of the American population upset with the progress being made in health care reform, town hall meetings have turned ugly and in some states physical. Will this induce the lawmakers to change?

Giles should have complied on Taser incident

In the recent arrests of Harvard professor Henry Gates and of Carl Alan Giles of Columbia, the circumstances leading to the arrests were dissimilar, but they shared at least two common attributes.

LETTER: Greek students give big to United Way agencies

Agencies like Meals on Wheels and Adult Day Connection have greater needs than ever, and Greek students help keep them on budget.

Parents must retake control of children and the educational system

In America today, more kids are dropping out of school, and young women are getting pregnant before they even know how to take care of a child. Parents need to take back the reins by improving the educational system and keeping their children in school.

LETTER: Thanks Columbia for making Special Olympics success

With more than 700 athletes and coaches from around the state, the 2009 State Outdoor Championships were an incredible success made possible by volunteers, organizers, sponsors and spectators from Columbia.

The need for LEED: We can make buildings more energy efficient

Buildings waste oodles of energy every day. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system used to guide "green" construction.

Today's Question: Should CPD and Boone County Sheriff's Department apply for accreditation?

The MU Police Department was assessed for re-accreditation last week by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. MU police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are the only law enforcement agencies in Columbia that are currently accredited by that group. Should the Columbia Police Department and Boone County Sheriff's Department also apply for accreditation?

Murdoch says it's time to put a price on digital news

There is a lot of speculation regarding online journalism's pay-for-content movement. Soon enough, however, we'll have some answers.

Situation in Iraq is changing

A calmer summer in Iraq and the possiblity of early U.S. troop withdrawals brings questions about the future of Iraq.

Any health care reform in a storm

A lot of conservatives are threatening that the Obama health care plan is one step away from socialism and draconian government oversight. But if the system in place hinders even those who are already insured, then maybe any other system deserves a shot.

Today's Question: Is the airport worth expanding?

Several airline carriers have dropped service in Columbia since 2006, and the most recent numbers show that the number of "deplanements" and "enplanements" are more than half of what they were in 2000. Still, with the arrival of Mesaba in August of 2008, Columbia is slowly seeing an upward trend in activity from the most recent years.

Dobbs, Luetkemeyer, Obama and more: Plenty of stupid to go around

President Obama made the important distinction a few weeks back about being stupid versus acting stupidly. Most people might not be the former, but many have, at one time or another, committed the latter.

Do it now: A plan for universal health care

Shawn Tully of wrote a recent article on the freedoms people would lose with health care reform, but he left a few facts and arguments unsaid. Health care reform is necessary, and simple math proves it works.

When mortgaging your property gets old, try settling in Catan

The German board game Settlers of Catan succeeds where Monopoly fails at being the perfect board game.

Today's Question: Should social media be used in education?

Social networking sites are becoming more popular and some teachers believe they will help enhance the classroom experience. Still, opinions of both teachers and students are mixed on the issue.

The problem with Facebook photos

More and more people use excessive numbers of photographs as proof they had a good time, but the camera takes the person out of the moment.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Police use of force in Columbia growing more out of control

With the recent arrest of Carl Alan Giles, in which at least 10 officers were present when Giles was found urinating in an alley, it's time to reexamine the department's use-of-force procedures.

Today's Question: Charging for admission at Roots 'N' Blues

Will charging for Roots 'N' Blues tickets this year produce a lower attendance at the festival?