LETTER: America needs and wants new health care

America is facing a health care crisis.

LETTER: McCaskill needs to step down, let a real progressive lead

Claire McCaskill is not doing the job we hired her to do.

Driving requires attention on road, not phone

The banning of cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle is not, as some would say, a matter of privacy, but rather of safety to everyone else on the road.

Today's Question: Is Obama's health care reform bill losing steam?

As the August recess draws closer, so does Obama's window of opportunity to pass his health care reform plan. Opposition has come from both sides of the aisle.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri workers need green jobs now

Working to make the nation's energy sources more efficient could help create thousands of jobs in Missouri – if politicians in Washington can catch up with the times.

Today's Question: Jefferson City, City of Jefferson or Jeff City?

What do you call Missouri's capital city?

Original Roy Rogers unlikely to reach today's kids

News recently broke that surviving family members want to bring Roy Rogers back to the silver screen to edify today's youth. But unless the original content is drastically changed, that admirable messenger and his message will unlikely reach modern kids. 

LETTER: Rep. Mary Still calls for removal of committee chair

State Representative Mary Still wrote a letter to the House, regarding State Representative Cynthia Davis, requesting that she be removed from office.

A new place for 'Pepper & Friends'

As the popular local television program "Pepper & Friends" prepares to go off air, many are protesting its soon-to-be absence. Public access television, though, would seem to offer a solution to everyone's problems.

When the right thing ends up wrong

Columbia Trojans player James Dudley spent time in jail because of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of the accident. This information was left out of the story about the Columbia Trojans, but Dudley made us all realize it shouldn't have been.

Today's Question: How effective is the new downtown task force?

Sinceimplementation of the task force, the failure rate of serving minors has dropped from 50 percent to 30 percent, Columbia Police Sgt. Lloyd Simons said. But some say the task force could lead bar patrons to feel harassed and could put added financial strain on businesses because of increased fines.

Highway accident a reminder that good people are out there

Saying goodbye to a visiting friend, a highway accident shows the goodness in the world.

Tehran Spring

The former USSR knew that if you give oppressed people a hint of freedom, they’d take the lot if not violently run down. The current situation in Iran seems to be echoing past governmental oppression, especially that of the Prague Spring. 

Pony up: Charging for online content needs to happen

Journalists should start treating their product like a product, and not charging for it is simply bad business.

Supreme Court shouldn't consider 'right' and 'left'

In drafting and approving the Constitution, it's doubtful our founders considered “right” and “left” but rather intended to provide a vehicle for our self government.

LETTER: Columbia Apartment Association opposes TIF funding in city

There are several important points to consider before using Tax Increment Funding in the Tiger Hotel and Tenth and Locust developments.

Today's Question: Who should be included in independent interview panel for fire chief search?

The Boone County Fire Protection District is looking for a new fire chief. One of the goals of the board of directors is to involve the public in the selection process by creating an interview panel independent of the board.

LETTER: Real health care reform needed

Congress needs to pass real health care reform in 2009.

Proposed ban on burqas reveals off-base assumptions

Depending on how you look at it, the proposal by the French government to ban burqas can seem like a blow to religious freedom or boon for secular liberation. 

GUEST COLUMN: Obama's election won't end exploitation of race

Beginning with the exploitation and colonization of Africa, Asia and the Americas and continuing through today, race has been used as an economic tool.