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.

Today's Question: Changing speeds in Columbia

Will reducing the speed limit in certain neighborhoods affect the speed people actual drive?

The Beat: MU football players prep for NFL draft

Columbia Missourian sports editor Greg Bowers and reporters David Ubben and Robert Mays share their forecasts on the athletic careers of some of the outgoing MU football players.

Today's Question: Should Missouri give $700 million to fund higher education improvement projects?

Given the state's debt and recent cuts by the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, is now the time for Missouri to be giving its colleges and universities more money?

LETTER: Steinmetz makes great points on concealed-carry legislation

Katy Steinmetz' column "Concealed weapons won't increase safety" explained exactly why guns shouldn't be allowed on college campuses. Her column should be required reading for the lawmakers who approved the measure.

Iran's answer to journalism: Jail the journalist

The imprisonment of U.S. correspondent Roxana Saberi in Iran poses a threat to openness of information everywhere.

Opposition groups take to the street

Groups in Thailand, Moldova and Georgia are demonstrating to show their displeasure with governments in power.

MU guest lecture focuses on identity of black female adolescents

Sheila Walker, a guest lecturer at MU on Friday, conducted two years of ethnographic research in Los Angeles County on how African-American girls form their identity.

Waters on shaky ground as both publisher and community advocate

Hank Waters, publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune, editorialized on behalf of the State Historical Society's efforts in his newspaper. While he mentioned he serves on the society's board of trustees, he did not detail the level of his involvement. It's important to separate public journalist duties from private civic ones. Being transparent helps readers more fairly appreciate the opinion.

Pirates abroad, murders in U.S. bring gun concerns into spotlight

The recent pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia and a string of mass murders in the U.S. force Americans to question the prevalence of guns. The Marines who were attacked did not have any weapons, yet, average Americans have relatively easy access to guns.

Does Obama's relaxation of the Cuba Embargo go far enough?

The Obama Administration announced Monday it would allow unlimited travel to Cuba by Cuban Americans, as well as unlimited money transfers to Cuban family members on the island. The rest of the trade restrictions on Cuba, however, still exist — but should they? Do the new decisions hurt America's bargaining position with Cuba?