LETTER: Governement shouldn't prohibit marijuana research

After a recently published article about the benefits of smoked marijuana for HIV and AIDs patients, some wonder why the use of medical marijuana is looked down upon in the U.S.

Today's Question: Will geographic policing lead to fewer fights downtown?

On Tuesday afternoon, Police Chief Kenneth Burton announced a new Downtown Police Team to focus on problems such as controlling graffiti, panhandling and violence at bars.

GUEST COLUMN: Capital punishment is not the answer; save Dennis Skillicorn

No state or individual should have a right to kill anyone. Gov. Jay Nixon should commute Dennis Skillicorn's death sentence.

Graduation: The end of an era for four friends

Being the one who graduated first and led the way, I feel obligated to share the small amount of wisdom I have gained from my circumstances. The recession wasn’t real to me until after I moved the tassel to the other side of my cap.

Today's Question: Students voice complaints about Student Center

In the process of building a new student center at MU, many students feel their lifestyle is being cramped. How pleased are you with the new Student Center? Do you think more students will warm up to it once Phase Two is completed?

Today's Question: Obama's health insurance initiative

Are the proposed savings by health care officials an empty promise or a meaningful first step toward universal health care coverage?

Don't write the GOP off quite yet

The Republican Party has some struggles to overcome, but it's not going anywhere.

LETTER: Naoma Powell synonymous with Access Arts

Naoma Powell deserves credit for Access Arts' success.

LETTER: Access Arts wouldn't be what it is without Naoma Powell

New strategies needed for dealing with bullies

Teachers and school administrators should make strict rules in the classroom to prevent bullying, as some students are growing up without a basic understanding of right and wrong.

LETTER: Time to deal with health care problem

A single-payer system should be a part of the discussion on health care reform.

Concealed-carry permit listings should be public record

With seven states issuing proposals to remove concealed-carry permits as public record, the public should consider the benefits of keeping them available. Keeping the records public may have some regulations for protection, but having the information available is more helpful than keeping it secret.

Today's Question: Teacher salary debate likely to heat up again

Interim superintendent Jim Ritter is asking for a 1 percent raise for teachers, even as the district might need to borrow money to meet payroll. Should the Columbia Public Schools approve a raise for teachers if the district might have to borrow money to pay for the increase?

Reader's response to gun column inaccurate

Writer at conspiracy Web site uses inaccurate research.

LETTER: Missouri schools need physical education to combat childhood obesity

Even though research shows that healthy children learn more effectively, some Missouri schools are decreasing the amount of time students spend in PE class.

Obama says progress made in war in Afghanistan

Is President Obama's decision to continue the war in Afghanistan a wise choice?

Columbia Tomorrow creates a 'living story' on growth and development

Columbia Tomorrow, a site about development in Columbia, was developed to keep residents in the know about decisions that affect the way we live in mid-Missouri.

The legislature is like the Kentucky Derby: high stakes, inevitable disappointment

The Missouri General Assembly is facing a budget deadline, but it seems like more of a horse race than a functioning legislature.

Today's Question: Is Missouri spending its $300 million effectively?

The Missouri House passed projects for receiving some of the $300 million in federal stimulus across the state. Among the projects approved was money for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and MU hospitals. Do you think the General Assembly is allocating the stimulus money effectively? Are you happy with what Columbia looks to receive from the package?

Missouri legislators have little to show so far

As the state legislative session winds down, only a very small percentage of more than 1,800 proposed bills have been "Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed." There are way too many bills introduced to get to all of them.