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DEAR READER: Try your hand at reporting accurately and ethically

Beware: Ethical chasms open at every turn when you play "Decisions on Deadline."

TIM MAYLANDER: New York City shootings highlight disparity between police, minorities

Many people are comparing the deaths of two New York City police officers with those of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice. But the situations behind these events aren't the same, and the discussion is twisting people into picking sides in a senseless fight.

DAVID ROSMAN: It's time to bring back unselfish holiday traditions

If Christmas is about "tradition," then we have lost the spirit of the winter holiday season. Retail has really taken over, starting the "season" on Thanksgiving Day, and it is a shame.

DEAR READER: The rules on anonymity are about answering key questions

Should an article discussing faculty fears of MU's professor buyout program have been published with anonymous sources? Take the anonymity test to find out.

GEORGE KENNEDY: A year of victories, setbacks for Ginny Chadwick

Although Ginny Chadwick is threatened with a recall, her initiative to raise the age for purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21 proved triumphant, and the councilwoman intends to keep pushing two more initiatives.

DAVID ROSMAN: Even under the gun amendment, convicted felons should not own firearms

There are people who should not legally own weapons, and they would include convicted felons, regardless of the nature of the crime.

GENE ROBERTSON: The race issue is symptomatic of a bigger values problem

The current racial tensions in our country are a symptom of a wider spread of divisiveness in our ideological discourse.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Ignoring basic principles puts journalists in peril

The writer of Rolling Stone magazine's University of Virginia sexual assault story failed to carry out — and her editors failed to insist on — some basic steps that ethics require.

DAVID ROSMAN: Two pivotal ballot measures would limit campaign contributions

Two proposed measures for the 2016 ballot would help change Missouri's dead last ranking in political ethics.

DEAR READER: Racist acts and Ferguson counterprotests in Rosebud

When does legitimate protest cross over to hate speech? What's a journalist's role in labeling these acts?

 

ROSE NOLEN: One winter long ago: Cold winds, warm neighbors

A chilling breeze brings cold breaths and warm memories of a winter long past.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Belated steps to enforce Title IX seem to be a good start

Although MU has pledged itself to "prompt investigations" and "timely action" regarding sexual harassment and assault, the university continues its search for a permanent Title IX coordinator.

 

DAVID ROSMAN: Ferguson conversation needs to move on — to education, economics, race and trust

DEAR READER: Book stores can be home-away-from-home place

This year's Show Me the Errors contest will offer a book about bookstores rather than the usual about grammar and editing. "My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, And Shop" is a collection of essays about bookstores and why they are beloved.

DAVID ROSMAN: A reasonable, humane approach to illegal immigration

On this Thanksgiving week, some of those who have come to this country undocumented, in many cases unwillingly as children, are being given a chance to live the American dream without the immediate threat of deportation.

DEAR READER: How Columbia responds to Ferguson grand jury

We know there will be a decision in the killing of Michael Brown. We don't know whether Columbia will use the event to move forward or to just move on.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Peggy Kirkpatrick's reach has extended far beyond the Food Bank

Longtime Food Bank members observed Kirkpatrick's legacy not with a retirement party but with, more appropriately, an appreciation party.

 

DAVID ROSMAN: About the ichthus: We need to honor all faiths, not just one

The covering of the ichthus on a war memorial for Operation Desert Storm was the right thing to do.

ROSE NOLEN: Lock up your guns and keep children from dying

With more and more children dying from gun violence, it's time for parents to take a stand to prevent anymore deaths. 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Violence task force seems dedicated to real change

In carrying out the proposed solutions to community violence, the mayor's task force’s commitment to continuity is key.

 

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