Local Columnists

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.


TIM MAYLANDER: Younger voters need to step it up when it comes to non-presidential elections

The midterm elections have come and gone, and Democrats took a beating at almost all levels of government. Voter turnout was especially low. So what's a reason for the lowest voter turnout this millennium? Millennials.

DAVID ROSMAN: Time for same-sex marriage to apply to all in Missouri

The problem with the state judge's ruling is that it has been interpreted as applying only to St. Louis.


ROSE NOLEN: Fall is a lovely time to celebrate nature, family and the chilly season

Fall brings back cherished memories of family game nights, Thanksgiving dinners and preparation for Christmas.


GEORGE KENNEDY: Anger and misinformation fueled Tuesday's election results

In Boone County and beyond, the results of Tuesday's election point to the growing mistrust between the community and its government.

GENE ROBERTSON: Devious intent, hidden agendas make the voting process a sham

When students, minorities and citizens at large view all of the participants in the democratic process as untrustworthy and predatory instead of as public servants, we are in trouble.

STEVE SPELLMAN: As rural communities fade, their way of life continues to appeal

Although life wasn't perfect before machines replaced the work of rural farmers, there is something to be said for local raw honey and line-dried laundry.

DAVID ROSMAN: Deadly diseases should not become political issues

The fight against Ebola has become a political one with no winners.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Modest fee increase for development is no horror story

Colorful advertisements are misleading the public about development fee increase.

DAVID ROSMAN: Let's start the conversation with election preferences

Amendment 6 is the exception to columnist David Rosman's rule of not altering the state Constitution. It might not be a perfect bill, but a longer voting time is worth passing in Missouri.

ROSE NOLEN: Sometimes, a patchwork family works well for everyone

Love and caring, not biology, is what holds a family together.

GEORGE KENNEDY: With Ginny Chadwick, a need to better communicate

Chadwick's votes against causes she supported in her election campaign have drawn the ire of her constituents.

TIM MAYLANDER: Hiring more officers may not be cheap but is greatly needed

On Nov. 4, Columbia residents will decide if they want to raise their property taxes to pay for more police officers. While the officers won't come cheap, they are desperately needed and raising the property tax incrementally is the best way to do it.

DAVID ROSMAN: Drawing the line on religious practices in schools

There is no reason that a student cannot bring a Bible to school, as long as an atheist can bring Christopher Hitchens’ “God Is Not Great” on the same day.

ROSE NOLEN: Preparing for holidays was — almost always — a treat and a blessing

The bounty of summer became the bounty of the holiday season as family members gathered to share stories and food — lots of food.

DEAR READER: MU Homecoming drive stirs readers' blood

MU's blood drive is one of the top-giving blood drives in the country. But it's unwise for all members to be pressured to give, especially if they're sick.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Marijuana ordinances would take city in sensible but unpredictable direction

Further moves to decriminalize marijuana in the city could cause confusion because of contradiction with federal and state laws.