LETTER: Ameren's plan too expensive, too dangerous

Don't be deceived by Ameren UE ads. A new nuclear power plant is a costly threat.

Liberty and justice for all

It is time for the definition of marriage to change once again to match a society dedicated to extending liberty to all.

Douglass Park neighborhood community advisory board advocates lasting change

The "Go 1st Ward" Community Advisory Board promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyles in the First Ward and other low-income communities.

The Beat: Columbia Tomorrow to be unveiled

The interactive database will detail the city's plans for development. Columbia Missourian  government editor Scott Swafford, reporter Liz Lucas, and Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow Matt Thompson talk about the project.

Michelle Obama deserves more than fashion coverage

First ladies are more than just fashion icons. The role of first lady has evolved, yet coverage is still focused on what they wear, not political beliefs.

Today's Question: Twitter utilized by lawmakers at state, federal level

Over the last year Twitter has grown into one of the most popular social networking sites on the Internet. Do you think Twitter use on the House floor is beneficial or detrimental to what lawmakers are trying to accomplish?

Today's Question: Should MU keep the Health Connection gym open?

Richard Oliver, dean of MU's School of Health Professions, said last Monday that he would like to keep the Health Connection gym open. But the gym, which is scheduled to close June 30, has become too expensive to operate. Meanwhile, members of the facility have offered to pay higher fees to keep the gym open.

Cigarette tax to control behavior of minority is unconstitutional

The now-tripled cigarette tax could lower state and federal tax revenue, while taking away personal freedoms of smokers. If the government's cigarette tax backfires, they may look elsewhere for "sin appropriate" tax levies.

LETTER: Girl Scouts made great because of volunteers

When volunteers give of their time and share their skills with Girl Scouts, they help girls to become girls of courage, confidence and character.

Gun owners have right to carry, but others have right to safety

The Second Amendment protects citizens' right to bear arms. But gun violence now interferes with everyone else's right to safety. The current state of affairs is far from what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they drafted the Constitution.

GUEST COLUMN: Utility-backed proposal is worst bailout yet

Utility companies are getting their way despite economic downturn.

No point to allowing guns at MU

Though the case might be different elsewhere, allowing concealed weapons on the MU campus is a risk without any reasonable prospect of a reward.

The Beat: School board members to be sworn in

Columbia Missourian reporter Mallory Vargon will be at the ceremony, and she talks about what can be expected at the meeting.

LETTER: Person behind fliers condemning Angela Davis' speech needs to rethink rhetoric

LETTER: Resolution would diminish judiciary independence

The House Joint Resolution 10 will hurt the independence of the judiciary by changing the Nonpartisan Court Plan, which requires a committee of laypersons and attorneys to pick Missouri judges. Instead, the resolution would allow the governor to reject that committee's final choice.

LETTER: Will Rep. Luetkemeyer meet with GRO members?

Sen. Claire McCaskill does a great job of meeting with her constituents and answering tough questions honestly. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer should follow her lead and attend the local Health Care for America Now event to have an open dialogue with those trying to understand his positions.

Today's Question: Solving the East Campus trash problem for good

Setting trash out early has become a big problem in the East Campus area of Columbia. Do you think moving the trash collection day to Monday would solve the problem?

Gardening helps character grow

Helping my father in the garden became a practical life lesson for me as a young Christian man.

Gun control debate resurfaces in U.S. with recent handgun deaths

Countries around the world take different stances on gun control.

Copy editors still have key job, even as roles expand

While the work of editing copy has changed along with most other newspaper jobs, its function remains consistent. If anything, copy editors have an increased responsibility to enhance readers' understanding of news content.