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Opinion

Today's Question: Putting the election winners to work

Voters will elect two candidates each to the City Council and Columbia School Board on Tuesday. Of all the challenges in front of these boards, which should the new members push to tackle first?

Obama tours Europe, Turkey giving the impression of the anti-Bush

The global economic crisis and the war in Afghanistan are on the agenda for Obama's tour of Europe and Turkey.

The Beat: Looking back at the men's basketball season

Luke Thompson, William Powell and Greg Bowers talk about covering the successful season of the Missouri men's basketball team.

LETTER: Hoppe has balance to lead Sixth Ward, Columbia

Barbara Hoppe's record in the Sixth Ward has demonstrated her steady balance and commitment, making her the best candidate for another term on council.

LETTER: Rod Robison has all the tools of a good leader

Sixth Ward City Council candidate Rod Robison has demonstrated his leadership and commitment to community with his long-time involvement in Boy Scouts.

A moving story upholds Walter Williams' creed for good journalism

Journalists who witness tragic circumstances over and over can become immune. But Missourian reporter Christine Martinez used the tools of her craft to weave a touching story of a woman and her daughter-in-law struggling to care for two young boys, a rundown trailer and a pile of medical and funeral bills.

UM System President Gary Forsee completes challenging first year

Forsee has been described as a good decision maker by colleagues.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should police be banned for 30 days from using Tasers?

The Coalition to Control Tasers wants the City Council to stop police from using one of their weapons of enforcement for 30 days.

Today's Question: Should raw milk distribution be regulated?

Raw milk, which isn't pasteurized or homogenized like milk bought in stores, has its proponents and critics. Some believe the processes store-bought milk goes through kills important nutrients, while the Missouri Health Department last year said it isn't better for children to consume. The state does not regulate raw milk distribution out of individuals' homes. Should that change?

Buying newspaper stock a pledge, not an investment

Investing in newspaper companies might not pull in the big bucks, but it helps show confidence and optimism for the future of journalism.

LETTER: Rod Robison is dedicated to Columbia

Rod Robison's volunteerism and emphases on bolstering business and public safety are two reasons to support the Sixth Ward City Council candidate.

LETTER: Rod Robison lacks experience to be on City Council

The Sixth Ward candidate has not served on any city or county boards, commissions, committees, advisory organizations or even his own neighborhood association.

LETTER: Hoppe is good for business

While businesses are important to Columbia's growth, the community's appearance is also a contributor.

LETTER: Rod Robison will bring balance to City Council

Robison is endorsed by the Police Officers Association.

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe has helped make Columbia a better place

Sixth Ward incumbent Barbara Hoppe has done a good job in the areas of community and transportation development, helping the council better utilize its boards and commissions and working well with neighborhoods.

LETTER: McCaskill right to support country of origin labeling

Sen. Claire McCaskill has the right idea in liking the Country of Origin Labeling Law and being against the National Animal Identification System, which she says places a significant and unjustified burden on independent producers.

LETTER: It's time to get to work

The presidential campaign, parties, parades and celebrations are over. It's time to get to work.

LETTER: Community will be hurt without Health Connection

The Health Connection is closing because of budget constraints, but some are willing to pay extra to keep it open. 

LETTER: Sen. Schaefer leads way in making Callaway 2 a reality

Measure would create 3,000 jobs and protect consumers from rate increases.

Compared to elsewhere, Mid-Missouri banks doing all right

While banks all over the country are suffering, experts say central Missouri banks and the local housing market seem to be doing O.K., all things considered. Many of those same markets elsewhere in America are in much worse shape.

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