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DEAR READER: MU Homecoming drive stirs readers' blood

MU's blood drive is one of the top-giving blood drives in the country. But it's unwise for all members to be pressured to give, especially if they're sick.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Marijuana ordinances would take city in sensible but unpredictable direction

Further moves to decriminalize marijuana in the city could cause confusion because of contradiction with federal and state laws.

TIM MAYLANDER: Opus project was communication failure on multiple levels

Many people think the handling of Opus Development Co.'s downtown student housing project was bungled when the city didn't listen to petitioners about the development agreement. But that's not the only communication failure related to the project, and the city isn't the only entity to blame.

DAVID ROSMAN: Proposed amendment would throw state budget out of whack

On the surface, Amendment 10 seems to be a good proposal, but looking closely, the amendment is worrisome for both parties.

GENE ROBERTSON: Injustice demands concern and early intervention

In order to fix injustices early, participate in the voting process and address relevant community issues.

DEAR READER: It's time to stem tide of disappearance of 'about'

Breaking the so-called rules of language seems to be happening with more frequency. It would be much more effective if the rules were broken on purpose instead of misusing words out of ignorance.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Sexual violence finally has attention of those with influence

Sen. Claire McCaskill said at a meeting in Columbia Tuesday morning that she thinks MU “has turned the corner.”

STEVE SPELLMAN: You can't legislate morality, in either direction

Political activist Jennifer Bukowsky made important points about Republicans stepping back from legislating moral issues, including gay marriage and marijuana laws.

DAVID ROSMAN: Urging mass resignation is misguided way to oppose the president

Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn just wrong-headed in urging U.S. generals to resign as a protest to President Obama's foreign policies.

GENE ROBERTSON: Support for Fire and Police departments should be voted on separately

Voters must become better informed and active if we want our taxes to address our needs rather than the needs of politicians and administrators.

 

ROSE NOLEN: Friends don't like friends who tattle and gossip

When someone doesn't know when not to tell everything they know, it's no wonder that they have few friends. Others, though, know just how to handle those sorts of people.

DEAR READER: 'Go Naked Babies!' and other tales from Kewpieville

Of all the Tigers and Lions and Bears of this world, there might just be only one loveable doll of a mascot, and she (he?) lives right here in Our Fair City.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Good neighbors reflect on 175-year relationship

The awards ceremony on Monday included speeches from Mayor Bob McDavid, Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. But it was the master of ceremonies, Joe Mosley, who offered the unofficial story of Columbia and Boone County.

TIM MAYLANDER: Common sense should be used when crossing Columbia's streets

Our mothers warned us to only cross at the crosswalk and to look both ways before crossing the street when we were little. Many years later, it seems like Columbians could use a little reminder of this pertinent motherly advice.

ROSE NOLEN: Right to own one doesn't make a gun necessary

The Constitution gives people the right to bare arms, but why do people feel the need to have so many guns?

 

DAVID ROSMAN: No reason to carry a rifle on the streets of Columbia

Amendment 5 preempted Columbia's ordinance prohibiting openly carrying firearms within city limits. But why would anyone want to carry a pistol or rifle openly downtown or to the mall?

DEAR READER: Missourian clears up confusing AP style issues

World changes and the lightning fast pace of news call for changes in how the Missourian edits the news and helps its readers stay informed.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Taking stock of city matters, the good and the bad

Despite housing development fiascoes, the city's support of same-sex marriage is this week's silver lining.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Passion behind separation movements has honorable history

The right of self-determination runs through the human spirit, and diverse groups deal with it in their own ways.

DAVID ROSMAN: New blimp promotes ideas for Missouri, but only from the right

The blimp is an advertising tool promoting Rex Sinquefield and Missouri House Speaker John Diehl’s “100 Great Ideas” initiative. It asks the people of Missouri to submit their ideas about improving the state.

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