LETTER: Barbara Hoppe is not a 'trail-killer'

Although Hoppe had a personal interest in the proposed Hinkson Trail GetAbout plan, she voted based on what was best for residents, not for herself.

LETTER: Dean Oliver should reconsider closing the Health Connection

Health Connections success benefits the community that supports MU.

Today's Question: Is the economy on the road to recovery or ruin?

President Barack Obama asked Americans for support and patience with his economic initiatives during a speech Tuesday night.

LETTER: Health Connection's worth is immeasurable

There is no place in Columbia quite like the Health Connection. It should be saved, even if it means higher fees.

Humane society still needs your help

Columbia's Humane Society finished in the top spot after phase one of's national search for a shelter to make over. The Humane Society still needs Columbia's help to win phase two of the contest.

Today's Question: How much influence should neighborhood associations have with City Council?

All four candidates for two City Council seats are in favor of listening to the views of neighborhood associations, but how much influence should an association have on the City Council?

Decline of moral behavior painful to watch

Common sense should dictate decisions more often.

GUEST COLUMN: Common sense answers for affordable health care

The hospitals have agreed to tax themselves $52.5 million and use that money as the match to draw more than $90 million of federal funds to Missouri.

Many reasons behind decline of religious Americans

Declining numbers of people who claim a religion can likely be attributed to a number of factors. Fewer children seem to be attending Sunday school nowadays, and not many grow up in the family’s church of choice.

Today's Question: Does The Tiger Hotel's renovation project qualify for tax-increment financing?

The Tiger Hotel is one of two projects under consideration for tax-increment financing in downtown Columbia.

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe always available to listen

She is the best choice for the Sixth Ward because she is also hard working and dedicated.

Limited state funds shouldn't be spent on Missouri Scholars Academy

The Missouri House is recommending that the Missouri Scholars Academy be cut from the 2009-2010 budget.  The camp is a wonderful place, but it's not the Sorbonne (I speak from experience here), and if funds are limited, that program should not be at the top of the government-dollar list.

GUEST COLUMN: Kick advance-financing laws to the curb

If the status quo were a viable option, this might not be a difficult choice — but Missouri’s ever-increasing power needs must be met.

Understanding the vocabulary that got us into this economic mess

The terms and jargon of the economy are boiled down.

LETTER: Reward Barbara Hoppe's good work in the Sixth Ward with re-election

Hoppe has had a positive impact on her ward throughout her time as councilwoman.

Today's Question: Does the Tenth and Locust development project qualify for tax-increment financing?

Tax-increment financing freezes property taxes on undeveloped property and then invests the money back into the project. Two projects currently have applications pending review by the city.

The Beat: Missouri softball team prepares for Big 12 season

The story behind the story of the Missouri Tigers

The Missourian's article Thursday made sense of the many subplots in MU athletics.

LETTER: Health Connection an important outlet for seniors

The Beat: City Council candidates tackle crime, trails