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.

The Beat: Unique playing strategy for Missouri baseball team

Missouri has not had the best season this year, but Columbia Missourian sports editor Greg Bowers and reporter Andrew Dewitt say the team's game play strategy has made a difference.

LETTER: National health care needed now more than ever

National health insurance will give all Americans more options and better coverage.

LETTER: Government there for big corporations, not everyday Americans

The government's focus is on big corporations, often leaving out the American people. The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is another example of this. Do not let it pass.

Today's Question: Should concealed weapons be allowed on campus?

Considering the Virginia Tech shootings in April 2007, would allowing students to carry concealed weapons to class be a wise decision?

Even with low turnout, election still important to Columbia

While only 10 percent of registered voters particpipated in voting this week, plenty of coverage on candidates in both City Council and School Board elections was available ahead of time. Those who did choose to vote had powerful opinions on behalf of themselves and their non-voting neighbors in important races. The significance of this past week's Council decisions are evidence of that.

LETTER: Missouri casinos proud to be good corporate citizens of the state

Michael G. Winter, representing the Missouri Gaming Association, purports the corporate citizenship of Missouri casinos.

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe's re-election good for Columbia

Barbara Hoppe is thanked for her service to Columbia.

Today's Question: Will proposed provisions for sex offenders work?

The Missouri General Assembly supported a provision that would prevent sex offenders from being 500 feet from a park and prohibiting them from coaching a sports team with players 17 and younger. Jail terms would extend to a maximum of four years for a first offense, and seven years the second time. It will need a second vote before it reaches the Senate.

State legislators need to get serious about governing

Missouri lawmakers introduce bills to look like they're working, but in reality get little done.

The silver lining of unemployment

Unemployment can be depressing, but it's an opportune time to smell the roses and do something productive.

Today's Question: Is Missouri doing everything it can to regulate puppy mills?

Missouri is known as the "puppy mill" capital of the U.S. The new Agriculture Director says he is trying to change that reputation. But, with a small staff of inspectors, the department cannot check up on every breeder in the state.

The Beat: Thornhill and Hoppe victorious in City Council race

Columbia Missourian reporters Pat Sweet and Andrew Van Dam talk about Tuesday’s results.

LETTER: Let's keep the politics out of the way Missouri chooses judges

A resolution under consideration in the state House to change the way judges are selected is full of bad ideas.

The Beat: Columbia residents vote for City Council members

Columbia Missourian editor Scott Swafford and reporter Liz Lucas talk about the City Council race and the challenges that the newly elected council members will inherit.

LETTER: Student protection act necessary to keep children safe

The opportunity to safeguard our state's children from pedophiles and sex abusers in the school districts should not be a topic for debate, but rather embraced as a tenet of a civilized society.

LETTER: Health care should be available for all

The U.S. should join other leading industrialized nations and offer a "Medicare-like" option in health care reform.