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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.

ROSE NOLEN: Americans are losing hope in the dream

For America to return to the status it once held in the eyes of its citizens, job opportunities need to be generated.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Confusion, concern in the wake of the city's mess

First comes the parade, with the circus passing through town, clowns and all. Then comes the clean-up crew, scooping away the mess the elephants left behind.

DAVID ROSMAN: Memo to the mayor — it's politics and it's not personal

On the issue of downtown development, the mayor shouldn't take differing opinions personally.

 

DEAR READER: This year's Progress Edition — a look at Columbia's groundbreakers

The Missourian's annual Progress Edition appears as an insert in today's newspaper — and it can be found as a digital section on the Missourian website. This year, as the definition of progress, the Missourian chose innovation.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Consequences of hasty development decisions realized

Limits on downtown Columbia development could have at least modified plans that now seem thwarted either by infrastructure inadequacy or by public opinion. Everyone, including developers, would have been better served.

DAVID ROSMAN: Time for Missouri residents to demand campaign finance reform

If legislators are not willing to stem the degree to which outside organizations attempt to influence politics, then citizens should take matters into their own hands.

ROSE NOLEN: Being a kind neighbor helps pay the dues for living on this planet

Living outside of a community is like night and day. You have to worry about everything. You are completely on your own.

DEAR READER: MU fails with sexual violence policies, reacts slowly with task force

The first phase of a task force formed in the wake of Sasha Menu Courey's death was stunningly underwhelming. The task force made an inventory of resources and found the phone book, but you have to start somewhere.

 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Democrats will have to fight to win and retain Missouri seats

Matt Nappe, data and technology manager for state Democrats, presented a plausible but difficult-to-execute strategy for the state party to prevent Republicans from gaining a veto-proof edge in the General Assembly.

DAVID ROSMAN: Right to Work needs parity; MoDOT needs more money

Although certain pieces of legislation may be written by organizations with particular political leanings, they should not be summarily dismissed. The legislation can be co-opted across party lines to better serve the citizens of Missouri.

ROSE NOLEN: One person, one vote — no matter the race, color or creed

Voting is a basic right for all Americans, and there should not be any restrictions on when and how people can vote.

DEAR READER: Redesigned Vox features new cover, content, type

Vox magazine unveiled a new look this week, and the whole staff is abuzz. We kept our audience in mind as we worked to create the new Vox.

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