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.

Memories and legacies quietly shape our lives

There's something deliciously satisfying in thinking back through the years and remembering how things came to be the way they are.

Anarchists lead violent protests in Greece

Student riots in Greece are fueled by unrest concerning the economic situation, not merely the killing of a 15-year-old boy by a policeman.

Five Ideas: City taps brakes on red-light cameras

This week, we ask you to weigh in on the slow negotiations concerning red-light cameras, a Taser settlement offer given to the city, academic and athletic funding at MU, funding problems at the Humane Society and the cost-effectiveness of going green.

LETTER: Tasers are not safe

Taser use is too important to leave up to the police.


Talented journalists provide occasion to cheer

Three young journalists have transformed Adelante into a radio program, and one of them even got the radio program running as a podcast in iTunes. Also, Vox Magazine's Thursday edition on doctors in Columbia created another opportunity to marvel at young journalists.

GEORGE KENNEDY: 'Emaciated' MU can't take any more cuts

What to do instead, you ask? The only other choice is to raise revenue. That means raising tuition. The math is simple enough for even a journalist to attempt.


New presidency brings hope in bad economic times

Nationally and locally, economic and political news has been bleak, but there are signs that fortunes will change. The election of Barack Obama and signs that troops could be out of Iraq in the next two years are evidence that changes could happen in the near future.

GUEST COLUMN: Columbia faces animal care crisis

The Central Missouri Humane Society has taken in too many homeless pets and animals from the city and surrounding areas, and now faces limited resources to care for them. However, all is not lost.