GUEST COLUMN: What makes a great city?

Are the characterstics and qualities of a great city different for ethnic minority residents?

Guests often become friends for Pepper and Mouser

Many of the people who have appeared on "Pepper and Friends" over the past 27 years have been more then interview subjects. And they have been a variety of characters. "We run the gamut, I think, in local community television," co-host James Mouser said.

The Dennis Skillicorn execution: Why it was front page news

State-sanctioned executions are the government's ultimate expression of power, and therefore newspapers bear the responsibility of shining a light on the event.

CARTOON: The Magnificent Seven

Leonard Griswell's take on geographic policing in downtown Columbia.

Eurovision Song Contest: the world's version of American Idol

Internationally, this competition attracts an audience of over 100 million from more than 50 different countries.

Today's Question: A new plan for downtown businesses

The Special Business District and the Central Columbia Association are looking to merge into one entity — a community improvement district. Is a community improvement district a good idea for downtown? Why or why not?

GUEST COLUMN: Changing helmet law makes no sense

Changing the law to allow motorcycle riders over the age of 21 to ride without a helmet is a step backward.

The report of newspaper industry's death is greatly exaggerated

Most individual newspapers are making money, and readership is higher than ever.

Today's Question: Putting restrictions on credit for young people

Congress has passed a bill that would tighten credit for those younger than 21 — if they don't have a co-signer or can show a way to pay it back, they won't get a credit card. Will age restrictions for obtaining credit cards solve credit problems for young people?

Columbia offers no bailouts for Dodge City as Chrysler exits

With Chrysler telling Dodge City Motors to get out of town, the question emerges — who will stand up for small businesses in Columbia? The more I learn, the more it seems as though the answer is: No one.

GUEST COLUMN: Thirty years later, Aslanidis family at G&D still as wonderful as ever

The kindness shown to a young, financially struggling couple by the owners of G&D Steakhouse is still alive after more than 30 years.

LETTER: Blagojevich case shows there will always be corruption

While the former governer has received most of the media attention, little attention has been paid to those aides who worked for him, many of whom continue to serve in state government.

iPhone mandate from MU School of Journalism laced with problems

Experience as an MU student shows that the School of Journalism's iPhone/iPod Touch requirement is probably unnecessary, which leads to more questions about the decision to make the devices mandatory.

Today's Question: iPhone competition raises questions over ownership

Four MU students developed an award-winning application as part of a university-sponsored competition. Should the students have 100 percent of the rights to the application they developed using university property?

If gardening space is limited, be creative with containers

Mix and match to create gardens that are fun and compact.

Today's Question: Should Missouri adopt a consumption tax?

The idea of a "fair tax" — one based on what people spend, not what they earn — is gaining in popularity. What are the advantages or disadvantages of a consumption tax?

Credit card companies play by different set of rules than the rest of us

Banks got themselves into financial trouble, and now they want to take advantage of credit card customers to get them out of it. We need legislation to protect the working and middle class from corporate greed.

Memorial Day meant to honor and remember

Too many people recognize Memorial Day as a start to summer barbecues as opposed to its true significance. This year Columbia will hold its 21st annual Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Air show and Parade. It was organized by Mary McCleary Posner and has grown in attendance and stature over the years. Posner has earned respect for getting the community involved in this tradition.

LETTER: Remember those who sacrifice for the greater good this Memorial Day

War costs go far beyond the out-of-pocket costs of fighting terrorism.

Today's Question: Are term limits leading to an increase in partisanship?

Some legislators are blaming term limits for an increase in partisanship seen in the General Assembly. Do you think term limits are causing increased partisanship in the General Assembly? Should they be done away with, lengthened or left alone?