We need to act to solve addiction problem

The War on Drugs has not succeeded because we are too quick to write off the problem. To solve the drug crisis, we must realize that addicts — many of whom are in our own families and friend groups — are trying to cope with the stresses and anxiety of life.

The Beat: MAP testing program replaced

Columbia Missourian reporter Kim Tran talks about the new exams and what students have to say about the change.

LETTER: Are concealed weapons allowed in the House?

Missouri citizens voted against concealed weapons and state legistlators shouldn't overturn the outcome of that referendum. After all, are concealed weapons allowed in the House chamber of the state capital building? If not, why not?

Today's Question: Missouri football players prepare for the NFL

Six former Missouri football players were picked in the NFL draft. Which former Missouri football players do you expect to see get significant playing time for their new teams next season? Who landed in the best situation?

Today's Question: How should Columbia deal with hate groups?

An anti-gay group is scheduled to stop in Columbia to protest the City Council's unanimous approval to create a domestic partnership registry. What is the best way to deal with hate groups coming to Columbia?

International journalists in jail

Stuart Loory looks at the dangers of being a journalist in foreign countries and what is being done to free those in jail.

Missourian comments policy follows the golden rule; you should, too.

New regulations for the comments section aim to clean up the site and improve readers' experiences.

Kelly's conservative tax plan vote likely to backfire

Chris Kelly, 24th district representative in Boone County, is supporting a higher sales tax now in the hope he can receive important concessions for the poor later. But this strategy is likely to backfire.

Lessons from history show Obama is on right track

An 'Us versus Them' mentality does not make effective foreign policy.

Today's Question: Is a proposed parking garage right for downtown?

The Columbia City Council on Monday approved a plan to build a $15 million parking garage downtown. Council members said the garage, proposed to be eight or nine stories tall, will be needed as the downtown area expands.

The Beat: Happpy birthday, Kewpie

Columbia Missourian reporter Kaity Kerwin talks about the centennial celebration planned for the Hickman High School mascot.

The Beat: Groups come together to revise school resource officer contract

Columbia Missourian reporter Ben Magnuson talks about a plan to revise the school resource officer contract.

LETTER: Marriage should continue to be between man and woman

While the idea of marriage has changed a lot over more than 5,000 years, the unifying norm has been that marriage is between a man and a woman. Perhaps same sex marriage advocates should choose a different term to have more success.

Five pounds carries extra weight

Today's society is one where food is readily available and exercise is becoming increasingly difficult to fit into a daily schedule. This dilemma may cause some to feel guilty for gaining weight.

Today's Question: New measures to prevent identity theft

There are many potential solutions for identity theft before the Missouri legislature. One proposal would require companies to notify people when their information has been compromised. Another would remove Social Security numbers from public court records. Which of these bills would offer the best solution for identity theft? Which, if any, of the bills should the House pass?

Today's Question: What should the future of school resource officers be in Columbia Public Schools?

Under a proposed contract, the Police Department would take the Columbia Public Schools' evaluations of school resource officers into consideration when conducting its own annual performance evaluations. Should any other changes be considered in the agreement between the police and Columbia Public Schools?

Concealed carry permits on campus deserve consideration

While there are many reasonable people to be found on both sides of the concealed carry debate, stereotypes portraying advocates as untrained and irresponsible are unfair. A background check for gun owners might not prevent unsafe users every time, but the same is true for obtaining a driver's license.

Old political habits die hard

Those who have been in the political game for the last 30 years, should be open to the new ideas the modern age has produced.

LETTER: Torture is inhumane, ineffective

The nation deserves to know the truth about torture practices.

Boyle or bust: Britain's new singing sensation deserves her moment

Susan Boyle, a unknown, dowdy woman from Scotland, has been celebrated all over the news since nailing a song on “Britain's Got Talent." But while those kudos have rained down, others have objected to Susan’s limelight share. And to those people, I say this: Stop being such sopping wet blankets.