LETTER: City shouldn't waste time with wind

A wind turbine farm in Boone County will not generate enough energy for Columbia.

Personal responsibility takes backseat in society

Americans must adopt a desire for greater individual responsibility to improve our society and avoid negative outcomes like the current economic crisis.

LETTER: Stealing from handicapped son is really low

A Columbia resident expresses anger over the theft of her son's paycheck. With the loss of the money, her and her family's lifestyle is being affected.

Obama's international impact yet to be seen

President Obama has already taken several steps toward building international relations, but some say it's still too early to tell how much his presidency will actually affect U.S. global affairs.

LETTER: School system could be improved with more like Segert

School Board member Ines Segert should be commended for doing what she thinks is right for both her family and community.

FIVE IDEAS: Reversing Bush administration policies on terror suspects

This week, we ask you to weigh in on Obama's decision to close Guantanamo Bay, the deal struck between Gary Forsee and Jay Nixon to stop tuition increases, the proposed statewide smoking ban, the killing of protected birds and another killing at Virginia Tech University.

LETTER: Ending uncontrolled borders could save the American Dream

Immigration law and border control should be addressed with a positive approach.

Missourian to pursue how race matters

Mr. Obama is making history as President Obama. His presence also has sparked discussions about race. It still matters. But how has the discussion about race changed over the years? What problems exist today? The Missourian starts a yearlong effort to tell the stories about Columbia.

As Obama distinguishes new direction from old, America benefits

Calls for bipartisanship can be heard from both parties, but President Obama should remember why America chose him and stay true to the policies he promised.

Obama lays it out in plain terms: Every American needs to help save country

Mr. Obama did not lead us into false hope and dreams that nothing is wrong but stated clearly and precisely what was broken and that we, all of us, were responsible for the repair to our national body.

Mayor, City Council need to rethink ethics of eminent domain

Using government power to seize the property occupied by two downtown businesses to build a new facility for the State Historical Society of Missouri is unethical.

LETTER: No morality exists in Gaza conflict

The blockade in Gaza is illegal under international law, yet the U.S. government continues to arm Israel.

Cell phones are a hard habit for drivers to break

The roads would be a lot safer if there was a ban on using cell phones while behind the wheel.

LETTER: You'll work hard walking in the shoes of another person

In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., everyone should try to increase their awareness of the extra work society requires of some people and not others.

YOUR TURN: Share your thoughts on Obama's speech

The following are excerpts of President Barack Obama's inauguration speech, as released by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. We've posed questions from his speech to you as inspiration for starting a community dialogue about this new chapter in America.

LETTER: Rosman's column critiquing Segert is flawed

CPS Board member Ines Segert is doing a good job.  She voices opinions at meetings and shares her reasoning.

Let's not allow our digressions to get the better part of us

Time has become a luxury. And the tools of technology need to be used with due diligence.

It's torture, stupid, and life is not a TV show

Which is more disturbing: That the president and vice-president continue to deny that the United States engaged in torture, or that the right-wing pundits use the plot of a TV show to justify such actions?

Time to turn the page and design a country we want

Whenever there is a drastic change in ideas and behavior there will always be a backlash. Change can be painful. It means you have to give up something. You have to turn loose something you may not necessarily have held dear, but was something you had become accustomed to. The good news is, with time, people learn to adapt.

Russia plays political games with natural gas

The gas dispute with the Ukraine shows that there are no easy answers to resolve the issue and that Russia is still trying to control its former territory.