Resolve to help each other in 2009

Now that the economy is forcing us to review our excesses, more of us should realize the importance of sharing our good fortunes.

Change starts small

In a new year change starts with small steps, such as campaigning for the Humane Society and renovating houses rather than tearing them down.

Smoking ban a good first step toward a healthier lifestyle

Eliminating smoking and fast food on campus would go a long way toward promoting healthier lifestyles.

Five Ideas: 2008 was a milestone year for many people

This week, we ask you to weigh in on the new year, the popularity of the "Twilight" series, why Columbia residents blog, helping families in need and granting rights and benefits to LGBT couples.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should the state regulate the Lake of the Ozarks?

Love 'em and challenge 'em — that goes for sports fans and journalists

Some people called the MU-Northwestern game on Monday the "Journalism Bowl" because of the long-standing rivalry between the universities' journalism schools. Journalists and fans alike love to expose weaknesses and challenge authority, always asking pointed questions.

Getting the change we both deserve and demand

Changes are guaranteed both nationally and locally as we see transition in government leadership. But not all changes in 2009 are going to be positive: The economic picture continues to worsen.

Citizens should share views on change

Community members discuss what they believe needs to be improved in police regulations, snow removal policy and power supply laws.

Mid-Missouri should develop industrial friendly zones

Economic news in 2008 and rumors of the Columbia Mall closing don't bode well for 2009. But Boone County governments could resolve to cooperate and create a more industrial-friendly environment.

Four things we need to change for a better 2009

The American government's 2009 resolutions should be to limit out-of-control spending and increase accountability to the people. As citizens we should strive to get along and create a more diverse transportation community.

Social networking isn't a waste? Duh

A study published by the MacArthur Foundation concluded that social network sites like Facebook and MySpace actually don't waste kids' time. Hadn't you heard?

2008: A year of bad news for news

In 1946, almost 36 percent of Americans read a daily newspaper. Now only 18 percent read either a daily or Sunday edition.

Scientists debate how male dinosaurs parented

Prehistoric parenting was as much about passing on genes as it was about survival.

GUEST COLUMN: Downturn offers chance to encourage economic innovation

Creative solutions are needed to make sure Missouri's economy continues to grow and evolve, especially in tough times.

GUEST COLUMN: Coalition demands Taser regulation

Several incidents of the use of Tasers by the Columbia Police Department did not follow regulations and caused serious harm to individuals. Thus, additional regulations are needed to reduce the risks involved.

Increasing education funds should come before increase in gun sales

It is somewhat comforting to know that Missourians aren't all worried about mortgage payments and keeping their jobs but are willing to engage in hobbies such as hunting and gun sports.

LETTER: First Night Columbia events should be free

Charging admission sends a cold, negative message that “some families” can participate and “other families” cannot.

Childhood memories keep Christmas alive

What has become a consumer holiday still ripe with the spirit that makes Christmas one of the most memorable and enjoyable holidays of the year.

On the front step or online, there's no place like home for newspapers

The Missourian will drop two days a week from its print edition to cut costs. Look around and you'll see newspapers around the country looking for answers as recession and digital formats force bottom lines to dwindle. 

Parents, teens at online loggerheads

Parents and teens don't see eye-to-eye when it comes to social networking sites such as Facebook because both have had very different experiences with the Internet.