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.

Secret-ballot voting is fundamental right

Upon enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act, when a simple majority of the employees signs an authorization, union recognition is mandatory, thus making election by secret ballot unnecessary. But the right to vote by secret ballot has protected the individual voter for more than 100 years.

The Beat: Tigers defeat Jayhawks

Sports editor Greg Bowers and reporter Luke Thompson talk about Missouri’s unexpected victory over the defending national champions.

Get a jump on spring by growing paperwhites

Learn how to easily grow and maintain  paperwhite narcissus, bright and fragrant flowers that can bloom throughout winter.

Politically correct 'he or she' does little for feminism

This construction should be put in a group with other obsolete, politically correct constructions. There are gender battles worth fighting, but pronoun placement isn't one of them.

Trying economic times can bring families closer

Whatever the worst is that we have to bear, it can be borne more easily with the love and support of family on hand to help us through.

Israeli election leaves future of government in question

A large divide between the main political parties leaves little optimism for progress in the peace process.

A voice for Columbia is more quiet now

Jefferson City's move to all-syndicate radio is cause for fear at Columbia's KFRU.

THE BEAT: How the Columbia Missourian is faring during the economic slowdown

The Columbia Missourian's managing editor, Jeanne Abbott, talks to KBIA’s Sean Powers about the economy’s impact on the news business.

LETTER: Who is Barnes to bash Limbaugh?

There's a reason why 20 million people per day listen to Rush Limbaugh.

Superintendent job likely belongs to Deming

Skip Deming can be a little vague, but the position is his to lose at this point.

No sympathy for Ann Coulter here

A complaint regarding Ann Coulter's voting eligibility in Connecticut was filed late last month. The source, who holds an unlikely place on the political spectrum, is seeking to expose her lies stemming from those nasty sound bites that have angered other critics already.

LETTER: Stimulus bill won't solve economic woes

History shows that spending money won't help; what will help is lower taxes, removing regulation and eliminating government waste.

Laptops should be allowed in Senate chambers

The laptop debate centers around whether senators would be paying attention to their laptops rather than the debate.

The Beat: Two Columbia superintendent candidates left

K12 reporter Joshua Nichol-Caddy talks to KBIA’s Sean Powers about the latest development on the search for Columbia’s next superintendent.

LETTER: Congratulations to Kappa Alpha Theta on 100 years

Heart of Missouri CASA appreciates the good work Thetas have done for abused and neglected children.

GUEST COLUMN: What about those under the middle class?

In light of all the press about the Obama family,  it seems as though all of the other families are being forgotten and left under the radar.

Celebrity slip-ups shouldn't be excused

Stars like Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens and, most recently, Michael Phelps who are caught in compromising situations are responsible for their actions despite their fervent apologies and crocodile tears.

Stem cell research advances will require acceptance

With new advances in the field of stem cell research, the population must learn what they can about the process and accept its potential benefits. This may, however, mean rejecting the idea of natural order.

The Beat: Covering Columbia's neighborhoods

Public life editor Scott Swafford talks to KBIA’s Sean Powers about the Neighborhood News Project.