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Local Columnists

GEORGE KENNEDY: Modest fee increase for development is no horror story

Colorful advertisements are misleading the public about development fee increase.

DAVID ROSMAN: Let's start the conversation with election preferences

Amendment 6 is the exception to columnist David Rosman's rule of not altering the state Constitution. It might not be a perfect bill, but a longer voting time is worth passing in Missouri.

ROSE NOLEN: Sometimes, a patchwork family works well for everyone

Love and caring, not biology, is what holds a family together.

GEORGE KENNEDY: With Ginny Chadwick, a need to better communicate

Chadwick's votes against causes she supported in her election campaign have drawn the ire of her constituents.

TIM MAYLANDER: Hiring more officers may not be cheap but is greatly needed

On Nov. 4, Columbia residents will decide if they want to raise their property taxes to pay for more police officers. While the officers won't come cheap, they are desperately needed and raising the property tax incrementally is the best way to do it.

DAVID ROSMAN: Drawing the line on religious practices in schools

There is no reason that a student cannot bring a Bible to school, as long as an atheist can bring Christopher Hitchens’ “God Is Not Great” on the same day.

ROSE NOLEN: Preparing for holidays was — almost always — a treat and a blessing

The bounty of summer became the bounty of the holiday season as family members gathered to share stories and food — lots of food.

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.

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