A declaration: Our first freedoms play out in everyday lives

On the day we celebrate our independence, lets also recognize the power of the Consitution and our freedoms, which can be seen each day in the actions of our neighbors.

Fourth of July offers journalists cause to celebrate

The Fourth of July might seem like one giant pyrotechnics display, but it symbolizes a lot more for American journalists.

GUEST COLUMN: Bond issue a good investment for Missouri

Rep. Chris Kelly explains why he thinks a bond issue to raise money for capital improvements is the right step for Missouri to take.

New police chief already winning hearts, minds

Although he's only been in office a short while, Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton has already defused a long-running controversy, made a good impression on City Council and openly supported the idea of a civilian review board.

LETTER: Walmart a wonderful supporter of local charities

Walmart Stores Inc. deserves praise for its charitable donations to local programs such as Meals on Wheels of Columbia.

LETTER: 'Puppy mill' term offensive to responsible breeders

The term "puppy mill," used recently by Attorney General Chris Koster,  is derrogatory and should be removed from vocabulary.  Words should not be used to confuse professional kennels with illegal, unlicensed breeding facilities.

LETTER: Luetkemeyer opts for partisanship over health care reform

Health care premiums are through the roof, and Blaine Luetkemeyer and his staff need to understand how important the issue is to Missouri citizens.

Americans should support Iranian opposition

Americans should question the elections in Iran and show solidarity with the opposition party in accordance with the ideals in the Declaration of Independence.

A life in letters is history repeated

Sometimes it's unclear just how our attitudes evolve as we grow older, but when it comes to novels, revisiting old favorites can inform the ways in which our minds have changed or matured.

Iraqi 'National Sovereignty Day' might be a little premature

Iraq has declared "victory" and is celebrating "National Sovereignty Day" on June 30  in honor of the withdrawal of American troops. However, they might be celebrating a bit too soon.

Today's Question: Who is to blame for Madoff's crimes?

Bernie Madoff, sentenced this week to 150 years in prison, likely stole tens of billions of dollars from investors. Who is to blame for allowing his crime to last so long?

Too much political rhetoric framing the torture debate

Columnist Karl Miller argues that the notion that the United States has lost the respect of the world by waterboarding three terrorists in 2002 is utterly foolish, designed only to elicit the support of the political left.

GUEST COLUMN: Time to take back state's rights

The U.S. Constitution gives us, the people, the express authority to do something about a burdensome government any time we want to: the 10th Amendment.

America's health care is more important than foreign affairs

Highway renaming has potential drawbacks

If an upcoming transportation bill passes, a stretch of road adopted by the National Socialist Movement through a state program will be renamed after a prominent Jewish figure. The poetic justice of the move is obvious, but the political counterpunch has some ideological weaknesses, too.

Today's Question: How will you remember Farrah Fawcett

Before the shocking death of infamous singing and dancing sensation Michael Jackson, fans mourned the loss of the beautiful Farrah Fawcett after she passed away at the age of 62.

Michael Jackson's death is a local story

Although Michael Jackson's death is an international news story, the Missourian jumped to cover it because he was part of our collective, local conciousness.

Dear Reader: It's time for some steamy (weather) stories

Summer heat stories are as predictable as Christmas shopping stories in November or NCAA bracketology in March.

Bringing big-city transit to college-town America

Getting around Columbia by bus can sometimes take an hour or more. Other ideas are being proposed to revitalize the transit system, but until the city can improve the situation, many are likely to remain in their cars.

Western nations can play key role in resolving crisis in Iran

In today's Global Journalist, guests look at President Barack Obama's balancing act between showing support for protesters objecting the re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his belief of engaging in negotiations to limit Iran's nuclear weapons program.