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DAVID ROSMAN: Time to provide relief for crushing student debt

Today, student loans are nearly impossible to discharge in a bankruptcy proceeding, but many students have such high loan amounts they believe they will have problems paying off those loans.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Skirmishes leading to open warfare in the state Capitol

"Rising tide of cynicism" regarding Missouri government may be deserved.

DAVID ROSMAN: Right to work is not right for Missouri

Placing limitations on the organization of labor unions will hurt the conduct of business and limit the number of qualified workers in Missouri.

DEAR READER: The art of writing headlines, indeed

The more complex the topic and the more stakeholders involved in the issue, the more challenging it becomes to summarize an article in so few words.

DEAR READER: Stories 'for the freezer' are some of the best

The reserve of stories to run any time over the holiday season have run out — just in time for restocking by the next group of reporters.

DAVID ROSMAN: Everyone wins with Missouri HealthNet

Please call your state representative and senator and tell them to vote in favor of HB 153 before the state loses more money, jobs and lives.

DEAR READER: Terrorists spread, not suppress, Charlie Hebdo's free speech

Charlie Hebdo's cartoons are seen 'round the world now. And the assassins found out that you shouldn't bring a gun to a pen fight.

 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Former public servant takes on city with justice in mind

Bill Weitkemper is pursuing the self-assigned mission of repeatedly insisting that the managers of our water, sewer and electric utilities are levying unfair charges and not following the rules spelled out in city ordinances.

DAVID ROSMAN: Time to prod legislature to rein in lobbyists

It is the unrestricted and unlimited money that ethics laws need to address in Missouri.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Determined attorney needs a little help from his friends

Stephen Wyse is trying to appeal a civil rights case to the U.S. Supreme Court and is reaching out to 100,000 people to sign a petition.

DAVID ROSMAN: Bad idea — an abortion bill that would give fathers more rights than mothers

HB 131 would require "the written consent of the father of the child before an abortion can be performed, with certain exceptions."

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: College students will suffer without Medicaid expansion

We need to stop making the assumption that college students are always on their parent or guardian’s health insurance plan.

DEAR READER: Never too late to add to store of knowledge

As journalism graduates enter the next phase of their careers, they would do well to heed my father: You're not finished yet.

 

DEAR READER: Try your hand at reporting accurately and ethically

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

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.

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.

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.

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