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Opinion

Boone County's vote counting system is a model for other governments

People who live in Boone County are lucky that their votes are in the hands of an efficient system and clerk.

Booze and bullets could be a recipe for disaster in Tennessee

A bill passed by a Tennessee House committee would allow people to carry concealed weapons in alcohol-serving restaurants until 11 p.m. There are obvious dangers, and there’s little, if any, justification to account for the potential cost.

LETTER: Nonsmokers unite in war on secondhand smoke

Columbia's bars and restaurants have already banned smoking. But one MU student sees the university campus as the newest battleground in what he sees as a war between nonsmokers and who he calls "the Marlboro Men."

The Beat: Visiting incoming superintendent Chris Belcher

Reporters Amanda Branco and Joshua Nichol-Caddy talk about their recent visit to Kearney and how the town's residents are reacting to Belcher's recently announced move to Columbia.

The Beat: How changes to a bond issue could affect the new high school

K-12 editor Liz Brixey talks about the construction plan and provides an update on next month's school board race.

Situation won't get better under two-party system

The two-party system is worn out and has led to some of the least worthy politicians in the world.

Today's Question: Should felons have to serve more of their sentence?

On average, convicted felons serve less than half of their sentences in Missouri prisons. A bill introduced by state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, would change this by requiring inmates to complete a minimum of 85 percent of their sentence.

Changes coming to the Missourian's opinion section

We've revamped our opinion section. Let us know what you think about it, or any of our articles, by commenting on the Web site or e-mailing us at letters@ColumbiaMissourian.com.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Financing downtown projects

The Tax Increment Financing Commission will decide whether to approve tax breaks to subsidize renovations at the Tiger Hotel and the construction of a new eight-story building downtown.

The Beat: Basketball games against Oklahoma, Kansas may determine conference title

Sports editor Greg Bowers and reporters Luke Thompson and William Powell assess the Tiger’s performance this season.

Uncertain future for conflict in Sri Lanka

A 25-year-old civil war in Sri Lanka will likely end in a matter of weeks, at least in its conventional form. The future of the region, however, is still very much up in the air.

LETTER: Postal service making big changes to weather economic storm

The Postal Service has been struggling to compete with e-mail and online bill paying for some time, but the economic downturn of this past year as had an even bigger impact. The Gateway District, which covers central and northeastern Missouri and southern Illinois, saw a 9.1 million drop in mail volume.

'The Vagina Monologues' takes a stand against violence

Editor's note — This column contains language some readers might find offensive.

LETTER: Tell McCaskill to vote against future spending

Citizens are encouraged to contact Sen. Claire McCaskill about the economic stimulus bill, which was signed into law on Feb. 17, 2009.

Thoughts on basketball, asterisks and other sports

With the recent drop in weekly publishing, the Missourian takes time to beef up on sports reporting and acknowledge even the rarest of topics.

COLUMN: Why not investigate Kenny Hulshof?

In other news this week, outsiders were hired to take control of Columbia's police department and public schools, though it may take some time to evaluate those choices. And there are still questions for new UM President Gary Forsee to answer.

Stimulus money should go to intercity transportation

The federal stimulus package includes $8 billion for high-speed rail systems. Since the Interstate 70/St. Louis to Kansas City route has already been designated as a rail corridor, the state use a portion of its stimulus money to create a Regional Transportation District in mid-Missouri.

Privacy of assault victims should be equal to privacy of rape victims

With the recent news regarding Chris Brown's arrest for assault, various news outlets have reported that Brown's girlfriend, Rihanna, was the victim. This incident brings into question the policy of privacy for naming assault victims and whether or not it should be the same as the one for rape victims.

The Beat: Columbia City Council candidates take advantage of the Web

Political editor Scott Swafford and reporter Andrew Van Dam discuss how this year's candidates for City Council are utilizing the Internet.

LETTER: Lots of questions before adopting four-day school week

When considering the four-day school week, questions arise about what kids would do on their days off and whether it's fair to taxpayers.

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