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Local Columnists

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.

TIM MAYLANDER: Common sense should be used when crossing Columbia's streets

Our mothers warned us to only cross at the crosswalk and to look both ways before crossing the street when we were little. Many years later, it seems like Columbians could use a little reminder of this pertinent motherly advice.

ROSE NOLEN: Right to own one doesn't make a gun necessary

The Constitution gives people the right to bare arms, but why do people feel the need to have so many guns?

 

DAVID ROSMAN: No reason to carry a rifle on the streets of Columbia

Amendment 5 preempted Columbia's ordinance prohibiting openly carrying firearms within city limits. But why would anyone want to carry a pistol or rifle openly downtown or to the mall?

DEAR READER: Missourian clears up confusing AP style issues

World changes and the lightning fast pace of news call for changes in how the Missourian edits the news and helps its readers stay informed.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Taking stock of city matters, the good and the bad

Despite housing development fiascoes, the city's support of same-sex marriage is this week's silver lining.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Passion behind separation movements has honorable history

The right of self-determination runs through the human spirit, and diverse groups deal with it in their own ways.

DAVID ROSMAN: New blimp promotes ideas for Missouri, but only from the right

The blimp is an advertising tool promoting Rex Sinquefield and Missouri House Speaker John Diehl’s “100 Great Ideas” initiative. It asks the people of Missouri to submit their ideas about improving the state.

DEAR READER: Meet the 2014-15 Missourian Readers Board

Readers Board members help the Missourian stay connected to the community and get a behind-the-scenes look at the work we do.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Oak sapling symbolizes history, hope and tradition on MU campus

The dedication of a newly developed and planted tree, the Buck's Unlimited Oak, gives students and faculty alike a chance to take a breathe and look forward.

TIM MAYLANDER: Goodell, NFL miss point on domestic violence

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league had a perfect opportunity to take a stand and protect women who are victims of domestic abuse. Instead, they opted to protect themselves and "protect the shield."

DAVID ROSMAN: Legislature did nothing to improve the lives of Missourians

Overriding Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes appeased corporate lobbies and special interest groups, created no jobs.

ROSE NOLEN: Americans must assist those in need at home

Financial greed should not distract from helping those in need.

DEAR READER: Amendment 3 campaign falls flat, but how to assess teachers rolls on

Proponents of the amendment to mandate teacher evaluations by student progress didn't like what they saw in the polls and withdrew from active campaigning.  Amendment 3 might not pass, but it's not going away.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Early childhood education, job prospects could fight crime

Instead of investing in the police force, we should be putting our money toward long-term solutions.

DAVID ROSMAN: Memory of 9/11 reinforces need to strangle new threats of terrorism

We need to act, and we need to act sooner rather than later. America’s air support of the Iraqi and Kurdish ground troops is only a start.

STEVE SPELLMAN: Here's an idea: Pay for the services you use

The Missouri Department of Transportation and Columbia's Solid Waste Division are slowly going broke. Better pricing methods and delegation to locals hold the key to both crises.

ROSE NOLEN: New lessons are needed to solve bullying

Bullying is a childhood disease that needs to be cured.

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