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Local Columnists

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.

DEAR READER: On whether and when to send a journalist to Ferguson

The story of protest and confrontation is a local story for every community in the country, even when your journalists stay home.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Events, years apart, act as reminder of racial strife, unrest

There is always a criminal element ready to use legitimate protest as an excuse to loot, burn and shoot.

DAVID ROSMAN: Both sides get some blame in Ferguson shooting

Ferguson should never have been in the national (and international) news in the first place. Things got out of hand very quickly, and we must place blame on both sides.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ferguson is about the police state

The events in Ferguson show that county and state law enforcement is excessively militarized, and there appears to be little leadership or accountability at any level of government these days.

GEORGE KENNEDY: City's ballot will leave taxpayers picking up the tab

An extra 30 cents won’t generate enough revenue to hire as many cops as needed to keep up with growth and permit more community policing. The compromise development fees will leave us taxpayers bearing 75 percent of the cost of new roads.

DAVID ROSMAN: On the brink of marriage equality, and perhaps, understanding depression

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s DOMA decision in June 2013, the courts have agreed that the various bans on same-sex marriage are an apparent violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Columbia's parking dilemma will work itself out without unnecessary mandates

I raise a big red flag on parking requirements, which actually mandate that a greater amount of increasingly limited downtown real estate shall, by law, be car parking facilities.

ROSE NOLEN: Politicians need to pay attention closer to home

Politicians do not take the time to explain to young people how politics affects their lives.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Election results point to this: We hate taxes and are conflicted by much else

Missouri is still a farm state, but we’re grappling with just what that means these days. We worry about protecting our privacy even as we give it up on social media. In Boone County, of course, we’re a little more progressive; but any tax increase is still going to be a hard sell.

 

DAVID ROSMAN: Immigration reform package neither helpful nor humanitarian

“Just kick them out” is not an answer. It is a reaction to the influx of new and younger immigrants traveling to the U.S.

GENE ROBERTSON: We all lose when we're not inclusive

There are too many instances of discrimination in the sentencing of persons of color,  as well as in other prejudicial behaviors in our communities.

ROSE NOLEN: Housing, jobs remain hallmarks of injustice for blacks

Although the Civil Rights Bill was passed in 1964, black people are still fighting for equal footing.

 

DAVID ROSMAN: Legislators' e-cigarettes votes expose influence of big business

In a time when Missouri residents are becoming more aware of the negative effects of tobacco products, the idea of the tobacco industry funding election campaigns will continue to add salt to a wound that is slowly festering.

DEAR READER: 'Word Crimes' creates complicated discussion of language

While comedian Weird Al's 'Blurred Lines' parody sparked a rewarding conversation about grammar, some take issue with statements made in the song.

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