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LETTER: Help the Humane Society win a shelter makeover

All it takes is a few clicks and the Central Missouri Humane Society could be closer to winning a shelter makeover from the Web site Zootoo.com.

Mayor right to encourage nuclear power development

By writing in support of a second AmerenUE nuclear plant, Mayor Darwin Hindman smartly opened needed discussion regarding nuclear power in mid-Missouri without specifically committingColumbia to a particular action.

Movie malaise

One of the great minds of the movie industry has posed this question: "Why aren't movies better these days?" One answer is that people are only paying to see sensational, explosive flicks based on comics books instead of supporting more original films. 

The Beat: A look at Columbia's new superintendent

K-12 Editor Liz Brixey talks about Belcher's background as superintendent of the Kearney School District.

LETTER: Community makes Meals on Wheels fundraiser a success

Meals on Wheels was able to deliver 2,390 lunches as part of the fundraiser.

Financial depression can create opportunity for self-improvement

As many Americans find themselves jobless or in financial trouble, they can use this time of economic crisis to reach out to others and acquire new skills for life.

The Beat: Superintendent candidates take questions at forums

As the race for the next superintendent of Columbia Public Schools was coming to a close, K-12 reporters Amanda Branco and Joshua Nichol-Caddy offer an update on the selection process.

Police arrest man after houseguest robbery

Jerome F. Dunn, 21, was arrested by a Boone County Sheriff's deputy after a search of his home revealed stolen property, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

GUEST COLUMN: Dialogue important to ensure nobody left out in tough economic times

The faith-based Long Spoons Coalition helps to reinforce the community's interests in the state budget process.

FIVE IDEAS: Columbia finds new superintendent, police chief this week

This week, we also ask you to weigh in on the stimulus package, an increase in gun sales and the success of the Missouri men's basketball team.

Strike a blow for open government

The two words — open government — don't always go together. Fight for transparency with the new schools superintendent and new police chief.

Sub collision reminds world there's still a nuclear threat

The collision of two nuclear submarines, one French and one British, earlier this month is a reminder that nuclear weapons are still around, despite the attempts to reduce their prevalence.

LETTER: Obama can't change America on his own

American citizens could help Obama by speaking up to Congress.

MU budget problems make employees' February bleak

Bad news for MU employees abounds as benefits cuts exacerbate an already frustrating financial situation.

Tax plans look good on surface, rotten underneath

Examining the truth behind the Fair Tax Act and MoDOT's tax plans shows schemes to take residents' money.

LETTER: Ameren Ratepayers shouldn't have to assume risk

Ameren customers shouldn't be forced to bear the burden of financing a new nuclear power plant, which wouldn't provide energy for 10 to 20 years or more. CWIP provisions will hurt Missouri's economy.

Uncertain future of journalism

The journalism industry is losing skilled reporters left and right because it can't afford to keep them, but the public can't afford to lose the benefits of journalism in the process.

GUEST COLUMN: America must change its views on homosexuality

America is degrading its people, and everything Americans do against gay people is against our founding fathers’ words.

Big papers need to learn to plow through the season

Newspaper industry giants could find a lesson in staying power in the little guy's perspective.

The Beat: Mixed martial arts is no show for MU alum Ben Askren

Sports editor Greg Bowers and reporter Robby Lewis talk about Askren's athletic career.

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