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ROSE NOLEN: A small-town, big-city girl wrapped up in one person

The important thing is to find the good life where ever you are.

DAVID ROSMAN: Small tax breaks add up to big losses in vital services

Rosman argues that the state's new tax-reduction deal will likely average less than $35 per person and adversely affect the bottom line of an already austere state budget.

DEAR READER: Missourian site is ending its time paywall and moving to surveys for revenue

A program through Google will present short one- or two-question surveys before users can read a story. If you are a member, you won't see any surveys.

DEAR READER: Helping readers navigate style changes in the news

The Missourian editors will be examining changes to the Associated Press Stylebook and deciding which to implement with its own style. If you have a revision for us to consider, please send it along by Friday.

DEAR READER: A wreck on the road hits home

Photos from a motorcycle accident prompted strong reactions from some readers.

ROSE NOLEN: Ugliness in the world? I'd rather not talk about it

Nolen says are many things to feel bad about, but wasting time thinking about them constantly ruins your outlook on life.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Lack of basic information puts city in twilight zone

Confusion and misinformation complicate important community conversations on infrastructure, and even the most basic facts on issues such as water treatment and electricity are elusive.

DAVID ROSMAN: It's time to stop failing our veterans

Sunday was not a day of remembrance on the talking-head shows, but a day of allegations and condemnation over the maltreatment of our veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs health centers.

GENE ROBERTSON: Donald Sterling brought needed conversation about race to forefront

If it were not for Donald Sterling's behavior, the media would not have been energized by the issue you highlighted.

DEAR READER: That Washington team's name? You make the call

Redskins is an offensive term. Others might disagree, but that's not the point: The context is. Using the R- word casually serves no good purpose. Using it to engender debate and understanding does.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Conservatives, Common Core critics put ideology above facts

You hear opponents' criticism and you have to ask yourself, are these people stupid or just ignorant? Or, considering that they’re seeking membership in a legislative majority so conservative it no longer listens to Kit Bond, are they cynically mouthing words they don’t really believe?

DAVID ROSMAN: Columbia needs general aviation to improve its airport

City government views commercial aviation as the ideal way to increase traffic at the Columbia Regional Airport, but other options such as a flight school or private planes for short-haul trips could boost use as well.

ROSE NOLEN: Texting while driving — dangerous for everyone

In Missouri, the texting while driving ban applies only to drivers under the age of 21, but it's not just young drivers that are easily distracted by their cellphones.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Legislature's greatest failure is inaction on Medicaid expansion

The Missouri General Assembly did both too much where it didn't matter and not enough where it did.

ROSE NOLEN: Journey after desegregation has been slow and rocky, but also steady

Racism cannot be changed with a simple court ruling, but rather requires a consistent desire for a better society.

DAVID ROSMAN: Expansion of gun rights could have dangerous consequences

There are too many questions concerning this joint resolution. It is as if the gun lobby decided that if we are to be a true “conservative state” we must do away with any common sense law concerning firearms.

GENE ROBERTSON: Downtown mess should not be par for the course

The downtown core has to contain an adequate infrastructure. The infrastructure must support all of the activities occurring within it.

DEAR READER: Be a big man on campus when it comes to sex

What you need to drill into your brain and the brains of every other man on campus is that it's not OK to get drunk and stupid and then have sex with a woman who is drunk and stupid.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Cost of fixing downtown overload will fall on nearly everyone

New sewers headline a list of to-do's for the city if it is to continue its bright plans for downtown development.

DAVID ROSMAN: Prayer decision divides Supreme Court, and many others

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow prayers at public meetings goes against the spirit of the First Amendment.

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