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Opinion

DAVID ROSMAN: Pledge of Allegiance means same in English, Spanish, Arabic, Swahili

HB 499 would require that the pledge be said daily in all schools receiving public funding — but only in English.

EDITORIAL: Missouri proposal would put police videos behind a wall

To obtain a video taken by body or dashboard camera, you would need to hire an attorney and obtain a court order.

EDITORIAL: Ethics reform makes progress in legislature

Missouri is the worst in the country in terms of ethics controls. So we figure we have nothing to lose and everything to gain with the pending ethics legislation.

EDITORIAL: Missouri can learn a lot from Indiana's religious-freedom episode

Religious-freedom laws originally were meant to protect the rights of religious minorities. Now they are unnecessary pandering to the religious majority. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects faith already.

CARL KENNEY: Questionable motives behind crowd control at Bob McCulloch's speech

Carl Kenney questions if the invitations to Bob McCullough's speech last Tuesday were warranted.

EDITORIAL: Obama's uncertain leadership in Mideast is troubling

Experts describe it as a critical struggle for regional political dominance between Saudi Arabia on the one hand and Iran on the other, with various countries lining up on one side or the other.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Even wrapped in religious freedom, it's still hate and bigotry

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into Indiana law last week addresses a problem that is political, not practical.

EDITORIAL: Lawmakers should move cautiously on drug-related bills

Three proposed bills concerning drugs were reviewed in the Missouri Capitol last week — some would tighten drug restrictions, others would loosen them.

DEAR READER: The Missourian gets a new publisher, David Kurpius

The recent announcement of David Kurpius taking over as dean of the School of Journalism has a big impact on the Missourian, but also on all of MU.

EDITORIAL: Your tax refund may be in the hands of criminals

The IRS delivered $5.8 billion in fraudulent refunds in 2013, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. Much of the money was claimed by identity thieves filing multiple returns with stolen Social Security numbers.

EDITORIAL: Blunt, McCaskill choose politics over addressing global warming

Even though the world just concluded the warmest winter on record, and even though conservative and liberal economists alike agree that a carbon tax would be the most effective way to cut carbon emissions before it’s too late, your two U.S. senators are taking care of parochial interests back home.

EDITORIAL: Don't create new tax credits until program is reformed

As state lawmakers ponder expanding the number of tax credits and deductions that Missouri families can claim,  legislators should first consider capping existing tax credit programs.

 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Sizing up the hopefuls in the First Ward

The question of which candidate would best serve not only the ward but the city as a whole must be answered by considering a mix of experience and personality. To me, three are most appealing.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Betsy Peters will represent her neighborhood well

David Leuthold of Columbia supports Betsy Peters for the Sixth Ward council seat because she is a neighborhood activist and owner of rental properties on East Campus.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Betsy Peters has skills for City Council

Columbia resident Wayne Brekhus supports Betsey Peters for Sixth Ward City Council.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re-elect Darin Preis to School Board

Judi Privitt, an educator with Columbia Public Schools and a member of Columbia Missouri National Education Association, shares why Darin Preis should be elected for Columbia School Board.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Betsy Peters will put the Sixth Ward in good hands

Judith Miles, a physician in Columbia, shares why she believes Betsy Peters should be elected as Sixth Ward councilwoman.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kennett for Boone Hospital trustee

Jerry Kennett is running for a seat on the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees.

EDITORIAL: Much ado about Missouri's state symbols

We have a state tree and a state invertebrate, and a state game animal is part of pending legislation. One legislator thinks we've gone too far.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: As a teacher, I support Darin Preis

Darin Preis' devotion to the community, children and teachers is why he must remain on the board.

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