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.

Five Ideas: Distractions for the MU men's basketball team

This week, we ask you to weigh in on Miguel Paul's family ties, chilly weather, stolen street signs, how the UM System is attempting to save money and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

US Airways crash a reminder of why it's good to respect the birds

Landing an airplane in water, as one pilot did in New York on Thursday, is incredibly difficult.

This was a good week for lively community conversations

LETTER: Views on Police Department taken out of context

Citizen clarifies statement about police communications.

LETTER: The Modern Whig Party resurrects American ideals

Modern Whig Party seeks workable solutions based on common ground.

LETTER: Bisphenol A is safe for consumption

The material is one of the most tested substances in food today.

Let our elected leaders have a say in next police chief

The city charter gives the city manager the power to hire and fire, and it also prohibits council members from "interference" in personnel matters. But is "interference" the same thing as useful advice?

LETTER: Eye for an eye makes the whole world blind

Nothing can justify the Israelis' behavior toward Palestinians.

A properly supported public education is the future of this nation

Ines Segert's decision to send her son to private school is not what is expected of a Columbia School Board member.

LETTER: Luetkemeyer will keep campaign promise to work on affordable health care

The Ninth District congressman signed the pledge in June, and he plans to keep his promise.

Association aims to unite Columbia's black parents

The group wants to support black parents and their allies in helping children achieve at a high level without being exclusionary.

Bulge blogging: Social networking keeps dieting honest

A typical New Year's resolution to be more healthy and lose weight is easier to achieve when friends support your efforts via Twitter, Facebook and other social networking outlets.

LETTER: Luetkemeyer, Congress must do their part to help citizens

Affordable health care and repairing a broken financial system should be Congress' top priorities.

LETTER: How The Sims could change U.S. government

The new administrations at every level could benefit from the Sim-induced creativity  of our youths.