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DEAR READER: Meet the 2014-15 Missourian Readers Board

Readers Board members help the Missourian stay connected to the community and get a behind-the-scenes look at the work we do.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Oak sapling symbolizes history, hope and tradition on MU campus

The dedication of a newly developed and planted tree, the Buck's Unlimited Oak, gives students and faculty alike a chance to take a breathe and look forward.

TIM MAYLANDER: Goodell, NFL miss point on domestic violence

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league had a perfect opportunity to take a stand and protect women who are victims of domestic abuse. Instead, they opted to protect themselves and "protect the shield."

DAVID ROSMAN: Legislature did nothing to improve the lives of Missourians

Overriding Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes appeased corporate lobbies and special interest groups, created no jobs.

ROSE NOLEN: Americans must assist those in need at home

Financial greed should not distract from helping those in need.

DEAR READER: Amendment 3 campaign falls flat, but how to assess teachers rolls on

Proponents of the amendment to mandate teacher evaluations by student progress didn't like what they saw in the polls and withdrew from active campaigning.  Amendment 3 might not pass, but it's not going away.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Early childhood education, job prospects could fight crime

Instead of investing in the police force, we should be putting our money toward long-term solutions.

DAVID ROSMAN: Memory of 9/11 reinforces need to strangle new threats of terrorism

We need to act, and we need to act sooner rather than later. America’s air support of the Iraqi and Kurdish ground troops is only a start.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Here's an idea: Pay for the services you use

The Missouri Department of Transportation and Columbia's Solid Waste Division are slowly going broke. Better pricing methods and delegation to locals hold the key to both crises.

ROSE NOLEN: New lessons are needed to solve bullying

Bullying is a childhood disease that needs to be cured.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why another task force? Solutions to violence are obvious

We need policies and programs to genuinely address the problems that have systematically ushered our young people from the cradle to the prison industrial complex.

DEAR READER: Why I'm throwing away NFL team's T-shirt

A racist team name makes a former favorite T-shirt a necessary addition to the garbage pile.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Promising start to the school year, on several fronts

MU's enrollment is the highest ever, with the highest ability freshman class ever, and the Tiger's football season is off to a good start. However, a gray cloud still looms.

TIM MAYLANDER: Gun culture leads to more shootings, police militarization

Make no mistake about it: Incidents like the one in Ferguson are the price America pays for having the Second Amendment in our Constitution and fostering a culture of guns throughout our nation. And that culture is growing.

DAVID ROSMAN: Home health care workers are not fairly compensated

President Barack Obama and many of his supporters have suggested $10.10 per hour as a fair working minimum wage. But caregivers need to be paid better if we want more than simply adequate care for our disabled and elderly.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Buddy Packs fill hunger gap for kids, but not enough

More resources are needed to provide enough weekend meals for students who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school.

DAVID ROSMAN: It's difficult to find a focus in the dog days of summer

Keeping up with politics can be hard, and that's OK.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Homes on the auction block are a sad reminder of hard times

The selling of real estate for overdue property taxes shows the unseen dark side of how we pay for services in the community. Every time voters approve a new or extended property tax, it impacts those already struggling to stay in their homes.

ROSE NOLEN: Education once turned children into responsible adults

My brother could have helped win the war for education. As it was, he finished school about 40 years too late. He became a teacher when it became more important to parents to let their children have a good time in school rather than get a good education.

DEAR READER: 'Dog days of summer' arrive, but the fault is in the stars

The phrase, "dog days of summer" dates to the Greeks and Romans.

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