Today's Question: Should Columbia replace and/or remove street lights in order to reduce its budget?

Contrary to popular belief, increasing street lighting might not be that effective in deterring crime. Should Columbia replace and/or remove street lights in order to reduce its budget?

Columbia City Council bike ordinance is unfair to motorists

When one considers the demographics of Columbia and Boone County, the percentage of those who can even consider biking or walking as a primary transportation mode is quite small.

Today's Question: How do you feel about Obama's health care reform plan?

Health care reform is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and, with the president's new proposal to expand coverage to every American, the current system could be facing a major overhaul. What are the foreseeable risks and benefits associated with such an undertaking?

Discrimination against anyone is harmful for our future

Americans have hurt other Americans for decades. That's unacceptable, especially when those in positions of power inflict that kind of pain under the guise of political freedom.

The magic of Stephen Colbert's rapport

Not only is his show making the world a less stupid place, but newsman-satirist Stephen Colbert also used satire to direct the world's attention back to the tired-yet-important topic of Iraq. And the world could use more men like him. 

Today's Question: Best fuel for the job

MU uses coal as a significant fuel source to save money despite the fact that burning coal produces nine billion tons of carbon dioxide each year nationally. The disputed concept of "clean coal" has been touted as a solution.

That magnificent Dad and his flying machines

He is the son of immigrant parents with no flying experience, yet flying became, and still is, his life force.

Sports reporter finds a whole new world in rodeo

Every day, journalists are asked to become "instant experts" on any number of topics. Missourian reporter Brian Nordli learned that first-hand this week.

LETTER: Olmstead decision freed those with disabilities from segregation

LETTER: 'Olmstead Decision' keeps those with disabilities within community

June 22 marks the 10th anniversary of an important day in civil rights history. On that day in 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of two Georgia women with developmental disabilities who wanted to be supported in their community, rather than in a state-run institution.

Today's Question: Do you think Iran’s elections were rigged?

The country's election results showed a landslide victory for incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over lead challenger Mir Hussein Moussavi. But Moussavi's supporters claim the election was a fraud, sparking protests in the capital city of Tehran. If the election was legitimate, why is the government cracking down on the protests?

'Fair Tax' deserves a fair shake

The recent "Fair Tax" rally at the Boone County Fairgrounds has left a lot of people considering the removal of income tax as a source of governmental funding. With the economy on the decline, and with income taxes as complicated as they are, maybe the plan is worth a shot.

Today's Question: The youth curfew proposal

Are you in favor of enacting a curfew, or even supporting a daytime curfew during school hours for those younger than 17?

Space race now between U.S., China

Three experts discuss the current space race and the future of space exploration.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is no place for developers

It seems, at least to me, that appointing either of the applicants would be placing, on a body charged with weighing public versus private interests, someone predisposed toward the latter.

Another one rides a bike

Those two-wheeled contraptions can sometimes be a roadside annoyance, but all it takes is an afternoon on a bicycle in downtown Columbia to feel compassion for the plight of cyclists.

Today's Question: What would be the best way to manage Joint Communications?

Zim Schwartze has proposed a series of changes for a "sinking" Public Safety Joint Communications center.

A little debate is a healthy thing

Even though debates with a parent might be frustrating — especially if said parent never concedes — the practice is still a valuable one.  Debate helps to shape and move society forward by encouraging an open exchange of ideas.

Fair Tax Act raises more questions than it answers

A columnist finds himself on unsteady ground when it comes to the hotly debated FairTax.

Raise the bar, leave out the obscenities, vulgarities

We should focus on shelving our vulgarity and filthy speech.